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RECORDING: Wellness, Identity, And Adaptability Of Military Families


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RECORDING: Wellness, Identity, And Adaptability Of Military Families

What We Know, What We’re Learning

If you think living through a pandemic has made you adaptable, try military life. A hallmark of being part of a military family is change, as well as stressors that ordinary families may never experience. In this talk, Jeredith Lord & Nikole Schmidt will explain the unique challenges of being a military spouse, including the factors that make domestic violence prevalent and hard to escape. They’ll also discuss how to deal with shifts in identity as assignments change or end, how to navigate career as a military spouse, and approaching wellness as a whole family.

Jeridith Lord

Bridget Finkeldey

Jeridith Lord is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a PhD student at Endicott College. Her clinical practice emphasizes trauma informed care for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is passionate about supporting military families and used her platform as the RAF Mildenhall Spouse of the Year in 2021 to further awareness of the difficulties that many spouses experience on a daily basis. When she's not working or studying, Jeridith enjoys traveling with her husband and long walks with her dogs.

Nikole Schmidt

Bridget Finkeldey

Nikole Schmidt is a proud military spouse of an active-duty Air Force Special Operations officer with thirteen years of experience advocating for the military community. She is known for her work in the military spouse employment arena, having helped shape the movement to revolutionize the way military spouse professionals transition and use their rich experiences to successfully navigate their careers. She served as the Executive Director and Secretary of the Board for The Paradigm Switch, now a program at Columbia University’s Center for Veteran Transition and Integration. Nikole devotes her time to the health of high operational tempo Special Operations communities and is Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Military Special Operations Family Collaborative.

Nikole has worked across many sectors facilitating the growth of hundreds of individuals on topics ranging from psychological safety to appreciative inquiry as the Chief of Client Evolution for Take Back Work. She’s passionate about cultivating purpose-driven communities and is a master at crafting tools and systems that support personal and professional growth. Nikole brings over a decade of experience in organizational management and development, sculpting program curriculum from scratch, unleashing talent in teams, and building relationships with customers and businesses alike.

Nikole holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a M.A.T. in Earth and Space Science from UMGC. She is the mother of two children and is currently stationed with her family in Germany. In their free time, they enjoy hiking as a family and traveling around Europe.

Flossie Hall

Arushi Grover

Flossie is an active duty Navy Spouse and accomplished serial entrepreneur specializing in e-commerce, marketing strategy, business development, growth of operations, and sales. She generated over 7-figure revenues within the first year of launching her meal prep and delivery company-Healthy Momma-in 2015.

She went on to sell over 500k meals, create over 100 Military Spouse jobs and donate over 10k meals to homeless Veterans.

Flossie is known in her role for National Military Spouse advocacy and public speaking across local and national venues such as Fox News, CNBC, CBS and PBS. She has helped build and scale multiple accelerators and military programs. She has served as the CMO for a technology startup and serves on various boards supporting the startup and military community. Flossie has even been invited to the White House and featured on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square for her work.

Flossie has four children and currently resides in Upstate New York. She loves being near the ocean, the sunshine, reading a book a week, and listening to all things NPR.

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