Alumni

Welcome to the Family!


As a graduate or participant of one of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ programs, you are a part of an ever-growing network of IVMF alumni across the globe! As IVMF was founded at Syracuse University and is headquartered on their campus, completing an IVMF program also makes you a Syracuse University alum! This extensive network is here for you to stay connected and leverage for your professional/entrepreneurial journey.

Take advantage of resources, webinars, and a community of veterans and military spouses that share the IVMF bond through their post-service lives. Long after you complete your course or residency, you are connected to the IVMF team for follow-up resources and opportunities as your professional goals evolve. No matter if you graduated from Onward to Opportunity or one of the eight ARESENAL entrepreneurship programs, the Alumni Services team supports all IVMF graduates in realizing and accomplishing their professional and personal goals.

  • Connect with Alumni

    The IVMF will be launching the CORE (Community for Online Resources and Engagement) for graduates of all IVMF programs in Fall 2019! Be on the lookout for an email from us to be invited to the community!

    The IVMF CORE will allow alumni to:

    1.  Connect with graduates from all program cohorts and across all of IVMF’s programs
    2. Network and ask questions based on industry, interest, etc.
    3. Search for graduates based on business, region, interest, industry, etc.
    4. Update your Information to make connections and showcase your business
    5. Mentor or be mentored by a fellow IVMF alum
    6. Set and monitor goals to help you with your professional endeavors
    7. View and submit requests for Post Program Support Resources
    8. Keep updated on what’s new at the IVMF and other outside opportunities

    and so much more!

    For questions, please contact us.

  • VetNet

    VetNet is a free, convenient online-based webinar program geared to educate and advocate for veterans and military families. Watch new webinars live and find our archive of past webinars. 

  • Be an Ambassador

    What does it mean to be an IVMF Alumni Ambassador?

    Graduates from an IVMF program are the best people to tell the IVMF story and how the programs and resources are important for the military-connected community. We are not only looking for alumni to share their experiences with the IVMF, but also those who wish to remain connected after they graduate to help students who come after them and fellow alumni!

    Interested in volunteering as an IVMF Alumni Ambassador? Submit your interest form and we’ll reach out when an opportunity is available in your area.

  • Support the IVMF
    1. Tell us your story so we can share it to help those who are in the same position that you were once upon a time.
    2. Volunteer your time and expertise to support fellow transitioning service members, veterans, and their families!
    3. Of course, the simplest way to support our mission is by making a gift.
  • Alumni Resources

    Find Your Post Program Support Right Here:

    EBV Graduate Support
    VWISE Post-Program Support
    O2O Alumni Services

    Questions? Contact us.

    Interested in becoming a resource partner to support IVMF graduates? Submit Your Interest Here

Latest Webinars


What All Entreprenuers Should Know About Taxes


Thursday, June 11th at 12:00 p.m. EST

As you know the IRS moved the individual income tax filing deadline to July 15, three months after the usual April 15th deadline. With July 15th quickly approaching to file your tax return and make tax payments are you ready as an Entrepreneur? Join us on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Noon EST to find out what you should know as Entrepreneur when it comes to planning for tax filing as we host our IVMF resource partner Gardner & Capparelli CPAs, LLP

Register now


 

Entrepreneurship: Marketing Amid Our New normal


Thursday, June 25th at 12:00 pm EST

Now is the time to shift! Our “new normal” has required many small businesses to pivot in a new and unique way.  Marketing successfully in the digital space will be essential to your business’ sustainability and success. Customer experience will be critical. This webinar will introduce you to new digital marketing tactics to reach customers and increase web experience.  These strategies will be important now and in the future.

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Entrepreneurship: Revisiting Your Small Business Brand


Thursday, August 20th at 12:00 pm EST

What’s your business’ value proposition?  What does your brand say about your business and how do you stand out from your competitors? Branding is a critical aspect for business growth and sustainability.  This webinar will help you understand the difference between marketing and branding, how they work together, and why now is a great time to revisit your brand as you move your business into the digital space.

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Entrepreneurship: Securing government Contracts


Thursday, October 22, at 12:00 pm EST

COVID-19 has shifted the way the government issues and manages their contracts. Hear from Government experts about the process for securing contracts, the primary focus for the grants and timelines.

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Meet the Team


The IVMF Alumni Services team is here to support you throughout your post-service journey. Have a question on what benefits you receive as an alum or simply want to connect? Reach out to the team today.

Ashley Squairs

Ashley Cavender

Manager | Alumni Services amsquair@syr.edu
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Elvis Avdic

Advisor, IVMF Post-Program Support eavdic@syr.edu
LauraCooper

Laura Cooper

Director | Advising & Enrollment Services lcoope01@syr.edu
Onward to opportunity graduate Dan Walker.

“Leave your rank at the door, be prepared to start at the bottom. Your experience in the Military is invaluable, but with a new profession you are going to have learn new things, and there is no better place to do that in the trenches. Right now, that’s what I’m doing in the classroom. I’m using my vast leadership experience to help make me successful yet learning everyday about a new profession. O2O helped me get in the right mindset do that.”

Military Installation: Fort Carson
CISSP Graduate
Corpus Christi Catholic School Spanish Teacher, Since August 5, 2018

Walker Jr., Dan

Major, US Army

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