Bethesda, Mar. — On 18 October 2023, The Geneva Foundation (Geneva) will join the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) for an induction ceremony and annual event in Alexandria, Virginia. Geneva joins more than 70 new partners to MSEP — bringing the number of employers to more than 700.
Military spouses have long struggled with maintaining employment due to permanent change of station (PCS) moves and other challenges associated with military life. Unemployment among military spouses stood at 21%, according to the 2021 Survey of Active-Duty Spouses compared with overall civilian unemployment of 5.3% per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
MSEP connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who commit to recruiting, hiring, promoting, and retaining military spouses. Since its inception in 2011, MSEP employers have hired more than 275,000 military spouses. Providing opportunities to spouses for meaningful employment strengthens financial stability among military families, which promotes force retention and military readiness which are essential to national security.
“Geneva recognizes the value and importance of hiring military spouses,” says Elise Huszar President and CEO. “The knowledge and skillsets that military spouses possess can have a lasting impact on our mission. Through this partnership, Geneva is devoted to strengthening our outreach with a commitment to helping military spouses find meaningful employment.”
“The prominence of this partnership also provides Geneva the opportunity to increase career and employment options for military spouses who PCS to new duty stations,” says Penina Tinae, Senior Recruiting Manager. “MSEP has created a mutually beneficial initiative that aligns with Geneva’s mission to serve those who serve and to develop and foster diverse relationships through the acquisition and retention of a vital and talented workforce.”
For those interested in viewing Geneva’s induction into the partnership, the DoD will livestream the Welcome Remarks and Induction Ceremony on the Military OneSource and Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Facebook pages, and the Military OneSource YouTube channel at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 18 October 2023.
About The Geneva Foundation
The Geneva Foundation is a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing military medicine through cutting-edge research, development, and education. With a significant presence in the United States and around the globe, our agile approach allows us to provide full-spectrum scientific, technical, and program management expertise in federal grants, industry-sponsored clinical trials, and federal contracts. As a trusted partner, we contribute to the mission of enhancing health and well-being for service members and their communities, driving transformative outcomes for the future of military healthcare. genevaUSA.org
About Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
The Department of Defense established the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program to provide education and career assistance to military spouses worldwide, offering free comprehensive resources and tools designed to help spouses meet their career and education goals. Resources include free career coaching services, the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship, the Military Spouse Career Accelerator Pilot and the Military Spouse Transition Program.