Systemic Support for Transitioning Veterans
Supporting Veterans, Service Members, and Military Spouses
You don’t need to — and shouldn’t have to — go it alone. While veterans can do a lot to prepare themselves for civilian life, having systemic educational, professional, and social support can make their transitions easier and more successful. Join Nikole Schmidt, military spouse and advocate, and board member of the Military Special Operations Family Collaborative, to discuss systemic supports that do exist, should exist, and the resources that are available to help you as you transition to civilian life.
Nikole SchmidtBridget 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.
Bridget FinkeldeyBridget Finkeldey
Bridget is a marketing-minded events coordinator and project manager with demonstrated success in stakeholder relations, digital marketing strategy, copywriting, human resources management, and public speaking.
Bridget serves as PowerToFly's Summit Coordinator, managing marketing efforts and day-to-day logistics working cross-departmentally, owning a purpose-driven product while offering the highest quality experience to event participants and sponsors alike.
Previously, Bridget served as Marketing Project Manager at The Finance Marketing Group while simultaneously coordinating event logistics for the National Alliance Of Commercial Loan Brokers.
Bridget is a military spouse, yoga teacher, and dog mom. She holds a B.A. in Media and Communication from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and also played four years of NCAA basketball. She is passionate about improving mental health for student-athletes and veterans, in which she strives to make an impact through her work in yoga.
In her free time, you can find Bridget adventuring and traveling with her husband and her dogs, with her kindle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.