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Join us at DCD>Connect Virginia: Veterans Workforce Panel

September 21, 2023

Empowering the Military Community for Thriving Careers in the Data Center Industry

The data center industry is experiencing strong demand globally, leading to a significant need for skilled professionals with an estimated 300,000+ job openings. To help meet the growing demands of the sector, EdgeConneX is proud to partner with Salute Mission Critical at the DCD>Connect | Virginia on a November 7th panel entitled, ‘Veterans Workforce Initiative: Data Centers Need Talent,’ where we will raise awareness about the diverse and rewarding careers available in the data center industry.

We are extending an invitation to active-duty veterans, guards, reserve, and military spouses interested in rewarding careers to attend this event. 

“As the data center industry continues to evolve and drive innovation and with the exponential growth in data, there is an ever-increasing demand for skilled professionals who can navigate the complexities of managing and optimizing these critical infrastructures. As a longtime partner of Salute Mission Critical, EdgeConneX knows that the skills, discipline, and strong work ethic honed during military service are highly transferable to the data center industry. This industry offers a dynamic environment that fosters continuous learning, collaboration, and the chance to impact the digital future significantly.” – Ashley Laporte, VP of Human Resources, EdgeConneX

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Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Lansdowne Resort

What you will Learn: The discussion will provide valuable insights and networking opportunities, empowering those who have served our nation with the knowledge and resources they need to embark on successful careers in this rapidly growing industry.

Speakers include:  

  • Lee Kirby, Co-founder and Chairman of Salute Mission Critical, Executive Sponsor IM Armed Forces Community, and Army Veteran
  • Erich Sanchack, CEO of Salute Mission Critical and Marine Corps Veteran
  • Lieutenant General (R) Dash Jamieson and Air Force Veteran
  • Krystyna Witt, Director – Solutions Architect at EdgeConneX and Military Spouse
  • The Honorable Paul Lawrence, 7th Under Secretary for Veterans Benefits and Army Veteran
  • 12th SMA (R) Jack Tilley, Chairman of American Freedom Foundation and Host of Your Next Mission®

Highlights of the Event:

  • Industry & Benefits Overview: Discover the dynamic world of the digital infrastructure industry and explore the myriad of rewarding career opportunities it offers. Our special guest speakers will delve into the key benefits and insights to help you successfully prepare for and transition into a thriving civilian career within this exciting field.
  • Panel Discussion and Interactive Q&A: Engage with industry experts and thought leaders as they share their experiences, expertise, and guidance on various aspects of the data center industry. Gain valuable insights into the diverse career paths available and the skills in demand.
  • Networking Session: Connect with professionals from leading data center organizations, fellow veterans, and industry mentors who are passionate about supporting career transitions and fostering growth within the data center sector. Expand your professional network and forge valuable connections.
  • Show Floor Visit: Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of data centers by exploring the Show Floor, where you can witness cutting-edge technologies and innovations firsthand. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s latest trends and developments.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of this impactful panel. Attendees will gain valuable insights, forge meaningful connections, and understand the many opportunities in this thriving industry. Together, we can unlock the door to a future brimming with possibilities and empower the military community to learn more about rewarding careers in the data center industry. Embrace the possibilities and embark on a rewarding journey.”  – Krystyna Witt, Director – Solutions Architect at EdgeConneX and Military Spouse


As a token of appreciation for attending the event, all registered guests will receive a complimentary copy of “Veterans Benefits for You” by Paul Lawrence, a valuable resource to help navigate the benefits available to veterans.