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Equity: The Guiding Principle of the Military of the Future


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Equity: The Guiding Principle of the Military of the Future


If you’re wondering if DEIB principles even apply to a hierarchical organization like the military, the answer is yes! In fact, they strengthen the military’s ability to be prepared, agile, and able to complete missions that keep us all safer. Join Alleria Stanley, Active Duty United States Army Servicemember, as she shares her experiences as a woman and member of the LGBTQIA+ community within the military, how the military is increasingly turning toward DEIB practices, and how equity will play into the military of the future.

Alleria Stanley

Bridget Finkeldey

Alleria Stanley is a 19-year active duty United States Army servicemember, advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a motivational speaker.

As a proud mother of five, she has faced many challenges in her life. During her military service, she had to relocate many times with and without her family. She also has taken the role of caregiver and widow, as her wife fought an ultimately losing battle with aggressive breast cancer.

As she transitions between various stages in her life, she recognizes how much the LGBTQ+ community has to offer the world in their transitions. Fundamentally, she believes that the world is more alike than different and how that is critically important to understanding one another.

Alleria looks forward to the days when society will achieve equity, equality, and access for all. Until then, she is continuously committed to ensuring that all challenges can be achieved together, one step and one day at a time.

Virgginnia Buccioni-Hillmann

Bridget Finkeldey

Virgginnia is a DEI and talent acquisition professional based in the Bay Area with a proven record of building and improving processes that help companies find the right talent when they need it as well as coaching candidates on career and interviewing best practices. Her journey has given her a well-rounded background in acquiring talent across many industries, including tech, non-profit, government relations, and international organizations while keeping a DEI lens and contributing towards an equitable workforce. Her current mission is to positively disrupt and improve startups’ strategies in hiring to make them streamlined and comprehensive, as well as including Diversity and Inclusion practices to empower companies with top-notch talent from underrepresented communities. This mission encouraged her to pursue many ventures from becoming a founding partner at a talent tech company, to being an advisor to Dreamers In Tech, to public speaking to empower under-represented groups, and especially women on getting to the salary they deserve, interview, and career coaching, as well as advising companies on the importance of under-represented communities and women in Tech. Virgginnia has a business administration and political science background, and in her free time she enjoys surfing, yoga, and hiking with her Goldendoodle puppy.

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