Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

Kim Sharpe, Job Developer

Kim Sharpe, Job Developer

Kim Sharpe, Job Developer

Born in Evanston, Illinois & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I spent 10 years in Arizona before becoming a permanent Colorado resident in 1990.  I have eight years of experience in the Broadcast industry, working as a News Director for a radio station in California & as Programmer Assistant for the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.  Worked as a freelance copywriter for radio & television, as well.   I pretty much returned to accounting & office management for the remainder of my working career.   Being on the staff of Return 2 Work is an honor & I hope to be of great assistance to those in need of finding gainful employment.

Nick Lawton, STEM Intern

Nick Lawton, STEM Intern

University of Colorado, Computer Science


Military & Veteran Employment EXPO – Centennial, CO

As the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, job fairs can be found popping up all over the state.  But the Military and Veteran Employment Expo is different.  Exclusively offered to Active Duty, Veterans and their Spouses, the Expo invites these uniquely talented workers to take advantage of free job skills workshops, training, and counseling.

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provides online registration for this community collaboration sponsored by Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Colorado National Guard (CONG), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Department of Labor (DOL), and Veterans Affairs (VA).

REGISTER NOW (Seats are limited) www.mvee.org (Employers, Volunteers, & Participants)

Join “MVEE of Colorado” group on LinkedIn for Updates/Questions/Comments

Location: LeaderQuest Building 6825 South Galena , Centennial, Colorado 80112

January 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2013:

January 16th and 17th, 2013 8am – 4pm

Classes for active duty, reservist, veterans, and spouses

– There will also be 30-40 Mentors; volunteering their time for anyone to sit down and talk with them about resumes, interviewing, networking, etc.

Employers:  Register as a volunteer and be  Mentor (1/2 day or Full day)

Participants: Must register for each class and must attend 4 out of the 6 classes on one or both days in order to attend the first two hours of the hiring event on Jan. 18th.

January 18th, 2013 9am – 4pm (HIRING EXPO)

9am – 11am – Open ONLY for those who attended one of the first two days OR attended TAP in the last six months (bring certification).

11am – 4pm – Open to ALL Active Duty, Reservist, Veterans, and Spouses

Employers: We highly encourage direct hires, break out interviews and/or having the participants leave with a follow up/interview

This event is FREE for All, the ONLY thing we ask Employers is to ACTUALLY have JOBS and are HIRING – Take time with each participant and do what you say you are going to do….

Schools: Allowing 20 Schools to attend, we have a separate Area. Register NOW at www.mvee.org


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Who Are You And Why Should I Care?

The biggest problem facing every business and individual today is choice—lot’s of good choice.  And most businesses and individuals do a poor job of differentiating themselves to become the first and obvious choice for their market.

 “Who Are You and Why Should I Care?” teaches attendees how to define their individual and business brands to get noticed in our over-communicated world. It teaches them how to be remembered by learning ways to truly differentiate themselves and their products and services. And attendees discover how to stay relevant by giving their market ongoing reasons to care about them and stay engaged.

 Follow this  link for a video about Steve Brazell’s innovative approach:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIHkcezQCiI



— Hitman

Steve Brazell is the architect of “Competition Removal”—the idea that it is easier for an individual or company to beat their competition through innovation and real differentiation rather than trying to compete with them head-to-head.

Affectionately known as “The Hitman,” he is an ideator—and helps companies and individuals grow market share and profits by developing and communicating new ideas that set their brands and products apart­—making them the first and obvious choice for their customers.


Steve founded Hitman Inc almost 15 years ago, and works with some of the world’s leading corporate and celebrity brands. He also works with start-ups providing marketing and branding expertise as well as early round investment. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including; Addys and Bronze Quills, and was one of Esquire’s 45 Under 45 Professional Men. Steve recently designed the world’s first (patent pending) online Branding Engine—Brand Op.™

 Author and Keynote Speaker

Steve is the author of “Clear! The simple guide to keeping your business alive and kicking”, and is in high-demand to present and workshop at companies, conferences, universities, and private leadership groups around the world.  Steve presents on the art of Competition Removal, marketing, branding, and persuasive communication techniques. He has been rated in the top 1% of events he attends and listed as “most thought provoking,” and “most life-changing.”

 Media Guest

Steve is  a savvy media guest combining a quick wit, unabashed opinions, and deep branding insight that adds to any conversation.

 He is fluent in Japanese and an avid student of body language, human behavior, and Far East Philosophy. Hitman Inc is located in New York City and Vegas.


  Login to R2W’s recruitment system to learn about Steve Brazell’s breakthrough technique for landing the career you want and deserve.  Follow the links for Steve Brazell and Personal Branding.  Call us or use our online contact form if you need assistance.

Hiring Heroes

Congressman Jared Polis and Congressman Ed Perlmutter present:

Hiring Heroes 

A veterans’ employment event

August 14, 1012

9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Westminster City Park Recreation Center

10455 Sheridan Blvd. Westminster, CO 80020

To RSVP or for more information call 303-484-9596 or

Visit http://www.polis.house.gov/Calendar/

– Visit R2W’s Resource Table for free evalution and matching with hundreds of employers.

– One on one résumé critique and interview coaching

– Opportunities to network with employers who are hiring

– Workshops and community resources for veterans

Participating Organizations:

Adams County Workforce and

Business Center


Elevations Credit Union

Sierra Nevada

Enterprise Holdings

Front Range Community College

General Dynamics IT

Xcel Energy

And many more


8:00am-     8:45am Set     up

9:00 AM Doors open

9:05 AM Welcome

– City of Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter

–     Congressman Jared Polis

–     Congressman Perlmutter

9:20 AM- 12:00PM Networking

(Located in the Main Room)

9:30 AM- 12:00 PM Interview Coaching and Résumé     Critique (Located in room B)

Workshops 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM

(Located     in Room A)

9:30-     10:00 AM

Meet the Employers Forum

10:10-     10:40 AM

Training for Employment Success Panel

10:50-     11:20 AM

How the VA Benefits You Panel

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Learning to be Effective Workshop







Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne Taylor, Employment Specialist, Job Developer

Suzanne is a United States Air Force Veteran who served 4 years active duty as a Security Forces Member/ Military Police.  After her enlistment, Suzanne completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University.

After transitioning from military to civilian life herself, Suzanne understands the importance of ensuring both our veterans and returning service members receive the assistance they need in order to find a fulfilling civilian career.

In her free time, Suzanne enjoys ocean kayaking and fishing.

Home from War: Military Expo offers vets help finding jobs

by Jeremy Hubbard

When Marine Lance Corporal Kaleb McCarthy returned home from war last Saturday night, his loving family wasn’t the only thing awaiting him here in Colorado.  So was reality.

The soldier from Craig, Colorado – who turned 22 Wednesday – is just back from the front lines in Afghanistan, and gets out of the Marines for good in a couple of months.  And like thousands of other soldiers, he doesn’t know what’s next.

“I’ve been thinking about it, but I’m taking it one step at a time.  I know the job market is hard, but I’m gonna just get out there and try to do the best I can,” Kaleb told FOX 31 Denver Saturday at Denver International Airport.

It’s because of soldiers like Kaleb, that some volunteers in Douglas County got together Tuesday and Wednesday and held the Military and Veterans Employment Expo.  It was organized with help from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

More than just a job fair, this expo is a chance for soldiers to figure out how to write a resume that doesn’t use “military-speak.”  Classes are held on social networking, career exploration, how to get ahead of the competition, and what not to do during a job interview.

They’re skills Marc Messier needs.  The 23 year old Afghanistan veteran just got out of the Air Force a month and ten days ago.  Now, he’s one of the more than one million unemployed veterans in the US.

“I have some school, not much, so it’s kind of like you’re in the middle, you’re in a bind.  What do you want to do?  Where do you want to go? I don’t know,” Messier said.

Connecting those dots is what they hope to do here, by only allowing serious employers who are hiring right now to set up a booth.  They also want to teach the veterans to leave a lasting impression on their potential bosses.

“We have people who have gone to multiple job fairs in the last few months, and they say that they feel like they’re just a number and they’re not getting that one on one interaction.”

That kind of interaction is something Kaleb McCarthy could use.  But he does have a plan.

“I’m actually wanting to be a US Marshall, so gonna try to do that, and if I can’t do that, do some plumbing.”

This is uneasy territory for soldiers like McCarthy.  He’s use to other people – his military bosses – making all the decisions for him.  Now, it’s all up to him.

For more information on the Military & Veterans Employment Expo just held in Douglas County, click here: http://www.mvee.org/


see for full article including video:  http://kdvr.com/2012/04/25/home-from-war-military-expo-offers-resume-writing-interviewing-skills/


Douglas County Military and Veterans Employment EXPO













Pikes Peak Military and Veterans Employment EXPO






Contact: Iris Fontera,  ifontera@aol.com

Colorado Springs – February 14, 2012- More than 100 employers, with jobs,  from the Colorado Springs/Pueblo area will be on hand at the Military and Veterans Employment EXPO, February 29-March 2 in Colorado Springs.


This unique EXPO includes two days of classes covering Career Exploration, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking, Employer panels, and Working a Job Fair. One-on-one mentoring will also be available to help participants get ready for employer day.  Those conducting the classes, as well as, our job mentors are human resources and business professionals. They are all volunteering their time to help our military and veterans get jobs.


Employer Day is March 2! Some of the participating employers  are Arapahoe County Sheriff, Ciber Inc., Colorado Springs Utilities, Dish Network, JPMorgan Chase and Company, Microsoft, USAA, Progressive Insurance, and Maytag Aircraft Corporation.


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a key organization involved in sponsoring this free opportunity for all members of the military, veterans and their spouses.  ESGR , an agency of the Department of Defense, seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.  ESGR is involved in honoring that support, providing increased awareness of the law related to civilian employment of Guard and Reserve members and resolving conflicts through mediation.

Other sponsoring organizations include Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, the Colorado National Guard, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Return 2 Work, Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Careers, and Goodwill Industries.


The EXPO will be held on the Goodwill Campus, 1460 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs.

Visit www.mvee.org for details.




Donor Appreciation

We would like to thank Scott Brazell for donating $1,000 Platinum Sponsorship.  His good spirit is keeping our mission alive and well.

Scott is a veteran from the United States Army.  He served from 1971 – 1973.  He cares deeply about other veterans and their families.  “I wanted to do this for a long time and now that I can, I’m doing it!”



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