Pictured from left, ASAE CEO John Graham IV, CAE; master of ceremonies Velma Hart, FASAE, CAE, CFO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Capt. Jim Carman, USN-ret., director of MOAA officer placement program; MOAA president VAdm Norbert Ryan, USN-ret., and a past TRENDS Association Executive of the Year; dinner co-chairman Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and a past TRENDS Association Executive of the Year; awards presenter Christie Tarantino, CAE, CEO, Association Forum of Chicagoland; and dinner co-chairman and ASAE immediate past chairman Peter O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, executive director, American Industrial Hygiene Association. (photo by, E. FRANCISCO DALERE/ASSOCIATION TRENDS.)
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is one of six organizations recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with the 2012 Summit Award. The award is the highest recognition under The Power of A Awards, launched in 2009 to raise awareness of policymakers and other audiences about the wealth of knowledge and resources in the association community. MOAA’s career transition assistance program, The Officer Placement Service (TOPS) won because MOAA identified a need in the community and developed a meaningful program to address it. MOAA will receive the award during the Summit Awards Dinner, October 3, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
MOAA’s Scholarship Fund and the Military Spouse Employment Program were each recognized with The Power of A Silver Awards as well.
The Military Spouse Employment Program was recognized for its efforts to assist military spouses in obtaining meaningful employment and opportunities to advance their careers, and MOAA’s Scholarship Fund for the commitment to the concept of servant leadership and helping to assure a bright future for the children of our military personnel.
ASAE Award-winning entries showcase how associations benefit society through volunteerism, education, social responsibility, innovation, research and problem solving.
“Associations across the globe are always striving to build a better society, and it’s important that we celebrate and draw attention to the critical role they play,” P. Allen Haney, chairman of The Power of A Awards Judging Committee said.
“The entire MOAA team is very honored to be recognized by ASAE with these prestigious awards and proud of what of what we have been able to accomplish to assist veterans and their families,” MOAA President and CEO Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr. said. “MOAA is committed to remaining engaged and eliminating the significant disparities in veteran unemployment and fostering an increased awareness of the strengths veterans can bring to high performing business organizations.”
MOAA believes one of the most critical challenges facing the country today is the problem of veteran unemployment and underemployment. MOAA found that it was in a unique position to address this problem through its career transition assistance program, The Officer Placement Service (TOPS).
The MOAA TOPS Program was originally established as a service to MOAA members transitioning from the military to civilian careers. In response to the veteran unemployment crisis, the program has been expanded beyond MOAA members to have a broader impact in the veteran community. In addition to its long-standing member services in providing resume critiques and access to the MOAA TOPS nation-wide Job Board data base, MOAA has expanded its program to include hosting nation-wide traditional and virtual career fairs, providing career transition training to active duty officer and enlisted personnel, establishing a LinkedIn career networking group, providing career networking opportunities and networking events, and partnering with other organizations to assist separating military personnel with job placement.
MOAA’s efforts to improve veteran employment opportunities now extend well beyond its 377,000 members. MOAA’s TOPS staff members conduct lectures and briefings on military installations to audiences of active duty officer and enlisted personnel. In 2011, the TOPS staff conducted 186 lectures and briefings to over 6,000 personnel. These lectures addressed key issues of how to market yourself for a second career, translate military experience into a civilian resume, interview and negotiate best practices and insight on key career development issues.
MOAA recognized early on that the problem of veteran unemployment cannot be overcome by the efforts of a single organization. MOAA identified and engaged several organizations to seek deeper cooperation, including the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Personnel Management and the network of over fifty not-for-profit organizations working with MOAA in the Community Blueprint Initiative.