Hiring Our Heroes Career Summit Not Just For Soldiers


Fort Riley is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host the Hiring Our Heroes Career Summit June 26-27 at Riley’s Conference Center, 446 Seitz Ave. While this nationally-recognized hiring event provides active duty service members another avenue for exploring future careers, it’s also an opportunity for military spouses and veterans to connect with more than 90 employers and educational institutions that will be on hand and learn ways to jump start a new career.

Many companies will be prepared to interview and hire potential employees. Companies participating in the event range from America’s largest employers to dozens of smaller companies from across the region.

The event begins with a free reception on June 26, providing attendees the opportunity to network with human resource experts and hiring managers.

June 27 features a full day of workshops ranging from career planning to using digital networking and job search sites, such as LinkedIn and Indeed, to resume writing and interviewing. The day will conclude with a career fair and the opportunity to speak directly with representatives of local, regional and national companies.

The Hiring Our Heroes career summit is for all military spouses, service members and veterans, regardless of branch of service, from across the region — including Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and McConnell Air Force Base.

Pre-registration is recommended, as some employers will reach out to prospective employees prior to the event. You can pre-register for the career summit at For more information, call the Fort Riley Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program office at 785-239-2278.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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