Veteran Voices

Supply Chain Now

As the voice of supply chain, Supply Chain Now is committed to giving a voice to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Join host and Army Veteran Mary Kate Soliva as she sits down with veterans and veteran advocates for insights, perspectives and stories from serving. Powered by Supply Chain Now and Vets2Industry, Veteran Voices highlights the challenging transition from active duty to the private sector while shining a light on the most vital issues facing veterans today. Hear from a variety of guests and leaders in the veteran community as they share their stories in and out of the military.

The Bonds You Can’t Create Without Adversity, Josh Atkinson, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Jun 17 2022
The Bonds You Can’t Create Without Adversity, Josh Atkinson, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Each of us goes through life making choices, and some of those choices have a more significant impact than others. When your cumulative choices prevent you from fitting ‘the mold,’ especially in the Marine Corps, the path won’t be easy, but it will be truly unique. In this interview, Mary Kate Soliva welcomes Josh Atkinson, a Marine Corps Veteran. Josh was fortunate enough to attend Annapolis, and because of the disciplined household he grew up in, he didn’t have to overcome the culture shock that many of his classmates did. He ultimately decided to join the Marines because of the wide range of options they could offer him. And, as he points out in this interview, once you are a Marine, you are never NOT a Marine. John shares his unique story into, through, and out of the Marine Corps, including: • Why each obstacle in life is an opportunity to get to know yourself better, and to know what you are capable of • How he faced up to some of the most challenging times in his military career, when he made the choice to do what he felt was right even though he knew it would not be popular • The impact that having his transition timing decided for him had on his professional journey Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Mary Kate Soliva. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Taking the Road Less Traveled with Shirley Baez, U.S. Army Special Operations Veteran
Jun 3 2022
Taking the Road Less Traveled with Shirley Baez, U.S. Army Special Operations Veteran
For many people, the military functions as a big “leadership school.” Service members have contact with different types of leaders and learn to become leaders in their own right. From finding the right mentor to building a tribe of supportive people around you, who each person surrounds themselves with will often determine the path that they follow. In this interview, Mary Kate Soliva welcomes Shirley Baez. Shirley started thinking about joining the Army as a way of paying for college, and then the Twin Towers fell on 9/11. In that moment, perspective changed and she went from “just being a girl that wanted to go into the military for college money” to someone who genuinely wanted to serve her country. She is now a veteran of the U.S. Army special operations community, but her service is not over. Shirley shares her honest reflections with Mary Kate about: • What it means to know you have the trust of leaders that you respect • The role she played as a part of civil affairs, reestablishing essential services in parts of the world where the population is not connected to its government • Why it was so important to have a ‘tribe’ when the time came to end her military service and enter private industry Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Mary Kate Soliva. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Your Limit is Way Beyond What You Think It Is, Selina Meiners, U.S. Army Veteran
May 20 2022
Your Limit is Way Beyond What You Think It Is, Selina Meiners, U.S. Army Veteran
Sometimes in life, when there is an important decision to be made, all you can do is sit down and make a list of ‘pros’ and ‘cons.’ Understanding the relative priority of short-term opportunity versus long term vision, or the kind of care you need versus what others in the same position will decide to do – those are hard decisions that decide the course a person’s life will take. In this interview, Mary Kate Soliva and Scott Luton welcome Selina Meiners. Selina is the Director of Communications for the Veterans’ Health Administration’s Office of Clinical Services, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She served in active duty as a U.S. Army officer for more than 10 years, and during that time she learned what she was capable of as well as the direction she wanted her life’s journey to take. Selina shares her honest reflections with Scott and Mary Kate about: • The value of flexibility and self-determination, even when it comes at a great cost • What she really thinks Veterans should do with the window of time between when they leave service and when they enter the private sector • The dedication she has had the opportunity to experience and show towards Veterans in her time working for the Veterans’ Administration Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Mary Kate Soliva and Scott Luton. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Life Is a Battle and Life Is a Journey with Kevin Potts
Jan 28 2022
Life Is a Battle and Life Is a Journey with Kevin Potts
Many people join the military to have life experiences that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else – some of those experiences are formative and other ones just leave veterans grateful that what could have happened didn’t. Kevin Potts is a Software Product and Marketing Executive, but his buttoned-up professionalism and polished LinkedIn persona are laid on top of seven years’ experience as an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps. Although he was given opportunities to develop endurance and leadership skills, his favorite stories are “How I Almost Set Southern California on Fire” and “The Joke Is on You Baby O.” Kevin recently joined Veteran Voices co-hosts Scott Luton and Kelly Barner, host of Dial P for Procurement, to share honest, unvarnished stories about his time in the US Marine Corps and how it prepared him for his corporate career: • What it was like touring East Berlin in full military uniform before the end of the Cold War • How much borrowed time two cases of beer will buy you on a training range at Camp Pendleton • The difference it can make on anyone’s journey if they have leaders and mentors who believe and invest in them Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Scott Luton and Kelly Barner. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Taking a Unique Journey on a Crowded Road
Jan 14 2022
Taking a Unique Journey on a Crowded Road
Most people spent a certain amount of time during the height of the pandemic locked down, just trying to get by under extraordinary circumstances. JB Jaso found himself near Fort Bragg in North Carolina, having time to take care of himself for the first time in nearly 20 years. That’s when he knew it was time to retire from the military and move on with his life. And yet, no sooner had he made that decision that he learned what ‘real’ isolation was like, with no mission, no unit, and no one to establish his values for him. Today, JB Jaso is the Assistant Manager for Security with the Los Angeles Angels, a Veteran and retiree of the United States Army, and a volunteer leader with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He recently joined Veteran Voices co-hosts Scott Luton and Mary Kate Soliva from Vets2Industry to speak about: • His active search for a post-military purpose, and how he finally discovered a unique ‘why’ that would allow him to follow his passion for sports • Why it is so important for every Veteran to own his or her own transition from the military into civilian life • The health condition that unexpectedly touched his life and gave him yet another reason to put his leadership skills to the test Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Scott Luton. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Veterans Day 2021: Showcasing Veteran Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurism
Dec 3 2021
Veterans Day 2021: Showcasing Veteran Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurism
Today Veterans represent just 1% of the population of the United States, and yet they have an outsized impact on society as a whole as well as the private industry roles they go on to. And so what better topic to discuss on Veterans’ Day 2021, than leadership. In this special Veteran's Day livestream, produced in partnership with Vets2Industry, Host Scott Luton was joined by three amazing leaders from the Veteran community. Marina Rabinek is a 24-year veteran of the Navy and Founder of the Military Women's Collective (MWC). Rod Lee put in 23 years of active duty in the Air Force, and Jermaine Cohen served 4 years in the Army, which included a tour in Iraq. Today, Rod and Jermaine both work with PRJKT (Project) Vet, a Disabled Veteran, Black-owned product marketing and consulting company. In this conversation, Marina, Rod, and Jermaine share their unique perspectives on: • The top Veteran-related topic that they each believe is worthy of more attention and discussion than it currently receives • Why it is important for specific groups of Veterans, like women or minorities, to connect inside of the larger Veteran community • The rich array of resources available to Veterans, whether they need casual support, assistance with mental health concerns, or help transitioning into private industry. Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Veteran Voices here: to Veteran Voices and other Supply Chain Now programs here: more about Vets2Industry: episode was hosted by Scott Luton. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at: