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5th Annual Boots to Suits Conference and Job Fair  

5th Annual Boots to Suits Conference and Job Fair was held in partnership with NCOA, and on August 14-15, 2017 at Iron Mike Conference Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was a great opportunity for businesses to tap into an endless supply of military talent and hire our nation's heroes! Remakable occasion to connect, recruit and grow with military talent!

The event was FREE and a wonderful opportunity for transitioning Service members, Veterans, and their families to interact with the employers to highlight their skills and talents. Please click on the folowing links for more information:


Conference Brochure  

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our Sponsors

Conference Program

Our Vendors

2017 Conference Photos


"The Boots to Suits conference not only provided an opportunity for Food Lion to connect to a strong Veteran workforce, it brought multiple topics ofintersectional learning to our Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition teams. Through the workshops and materials provided we have a strongerunderstanding of how the experiences that women, different generations, and other veterans can bring a variety of unique skills into the workplace.Those learnings, along with the career fair the following day, made the Boots to Suits an exceptional event for our Food Lion team."
Diana Roberge, Talent Acquisition Sourcer, Delhaize America

"Day 1 (Educational and Networking Event) for me was another great education in to the world of the military from this non-military HR managerwho, the more I learn, appreciates the many positive attributes, skills, and work ethic military personnel can bring to our organizations. Day 2 (JobFair) brought a surprising number of diverse candidates. I was happy to see different years of experiences, education levels, and a range of yearsof service. Granted, many thought Appalachian State was a little far away from where they would like to end up, but we are hopeful that it openedtheir eyes to ASU's presence and to the fact that we really appreciate hiring military personnel."
Becky Gosky, Employment Specialist | Office of Human Resources, Appalachian State University

Our Mission   

The mission of the conference is to provide

1) hiring managers and human resources professionals with the strategies of recruiting today's competitive military talent, discuss the value of employing veterans and their spouses, and encourage them to adopt military friendly hiring practices, and

2) our veterans the opportunities for successful lives through a 'job and career fair' where we give employers the chance to find out the unique skills and value our veterans add to a workplace as well as give our veterans the chance to interact with employers and highlight their skills and talents. 


Fayetteville State University (FSU), the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state, is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and an institution of opportunity and diversity. Committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service, the university extends its services and programs to the community, including the military, and other educational institutions throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. It is #1 in the top ten universities for Veterans in the state and has a long history of serving America's military and veteran communities. With great respect, FSU recognizes the sacrifices of our nation's men and women Veterans. In support of workforce development and Veteran employment, the Department of Social Work established the Boots to Suits Conference in 2012.

Our Previous Sponsors 

Delhaize/Food Lion (major sponsor), Bank of America, Give an Hour, and ServiceSource have been the dedicated sponsors for this meaningful event. In 2014, we were excited to add L3-National Security Solutions, DuPont, Amidon and Walmart to our list. In 2016, our list expanded to include First Citizens Bank, Novo Nordisk, Sam's Club, Hanes Brands Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Premise Health, Tangier Outlets, Sherefe, Republican Leadership Initiatives, NC National Guard Education and Employment Center, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, and Hire Heroes USA. 

Each year, the conference is made possible with the efforts and dedication of the planning committee members of these invaluable agencies: Service Source/Warrior Bridge, Alliance Behavioral Health, Army Community Service (ACS), Army One Source, Fayetteville Vet Center, NC Workforce Solutions, FSU Corporate and Foundations Relations, and FSU Continuing Education. 

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