Last week, the Clovis community – in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative – hosted AMPLIFY, an exclusive career workshop for military spouses. Offered virtually and in person for defense communities all over the world, AMPLIFY is a free, two-day event that leads local military spouses through intensive career preparation, professional development and networking.
Coordinated by HOH and the volunteers of the HOH Military Spouse Professional Network (MSPN) at Cannon Air Force Base, the AMPLIFY workshop in Clovis saw an incredible turnout of close to 40 spouses. Each attendee left with an improved resume, a polished LinkedIn profile, a high-quality headshot, and a network of local connections and like-minded professionals. The Clovis AMPLIFY was the largest in-person AMPLIFY HOH has seen this year – with higher attendance than recent workshops in Colorado Springs, San Antonio and Washington D.C.
“Thank you to the Clovis community for your support of military spouse employment,” said HOH Deputy Director for Military Spouse Programs Meredith Smith, who traveled from Washington D.C. for the event, along with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Executive Director for Veteran and Military Spouse Talent Engagement Cheryl Mason. “The community support for this impactful event is such a wonderful example of how local communities are integral to alleviating the challenges of military spouse unemployment and underemployment. This is the kind of momentum that will change the experience of military families all over the world for the better.”
Outside of this event, the Clovis community has a variety of ongoing military spouse employment initiatives. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s military affairs committee, the Committee of 50, has a Licensure/Military Spouse Employment group dedicated to improving the business climate for military spouses. In recent years, they played a huge part in fast-tracking the transfer of professional/occupational licenses for service members and their families. Additionally, Clovis Economic Development (CED) has invested heavily in its new workforce development program Clovis Remote. The program provides training and resources to help connect local individuals with remote jobs, and a majority of participants have been Cannon spouses.
Both organizations were proud to contribute to the AMPLIFY event. The Chamber and the Committee of 50 partnered with Kala Adair of Firehouse Workspace to host a successful networking reception at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum. CED’s Clovis Remote Career Advisor Miesje Scott-Evans also provided an impactful presentation about remote work opportunities in Clovis.