Baltimore, MD: Designing Your Life After Service - A Conversation for the Student & Alumni Veteran Community

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Sponsored by the Veterans Affinity Network, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Stanley, Black & Decker


** Online Registration for this event is currently closed. Please contact Elena Thompson if you would like to attend**

Join us for a panel featuring individuals from the Veteran communities of Stanley, Black & Decker and Johns Hopkins University who will share their experiences and strategies for successful career transitions. This dynamic event will include advice from our panelists, the exchange of information and sharing of ideas, and networking. Light appetizers and hors d’oeuvres along with refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this experience to interact with experienced members of our community who can provide the insights and ideas to help take your career to the next level. 


Meet Our Panelists

Branden Anderson


  F. Branden Anderson (Carey’19)
Branden is a Vice President and Senior HR Business Partner at Legg Mason consulting to senior executives and leaders to inform their decision-making processes. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University, and, most recently, his M.B.A. in Leading Organizations from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Prior to his current role, Branden served a full 20-year career in the U.S. Army focusing on developing leaders and strategic human capital initiatives.
Eric Ahn


  Eric Ahn (A&S ‘09) 
Eric is the Director of Marketing and Communications at FourBlock, an organization dedicated to building a community of high-potential veterans and employers in a supportive learning environment. Eric enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 as an infantry rifleman. Over the course of 9 years, he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Macedonia in various roles. While serving as a platoon sergeant during his 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, Eric was injured and was subsequently attached to the Wounded Warrior Detachment at the Walter Reed National Medical Center. During his rehabilitation there, he came under the mentorship of FourBlock, which he credits for helping him successfully transition out in 2014. Eric is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied International Relations and has a long history of working with non-profit marketing teams. He joined the FourBlock team to help expand the FourBlock program throughout the DC Metropolitan area, as well as oversee its national marketing and communications strategies.
Jeff Schroeder


  Jeffrey Schroeder, Stanley Black and Decker, Finance Director
Jeffrey served in the U.S. Army and was in Iraq from May 2003 to May 2004. During his tour, Jeff drove lead HWMMV (high Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), logged more than 16,000 miles in a combat zone, and earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB). Jeff started his professional career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and later transitioned to Eaton and General Electric (GE) before coming to Stanley Black & Decker (SBD). Jeff has been with SBD for four years and is currently the Finance Director for a $1.2B Business Unit with more than 1,500 people in 11 manufacturing locations and sales in 50 countries. At SBD, Jeff started the Veterans Networking Employee Resource Group (ERG) and has served as the Co-Chairman for the last three years.
Sally Bartas


  Sally Bartas, Stanley Black and Decker, Talent Acquisition Director
Sally Bartas has been with Stanley Black and Decker for 6 years. She is the Director, Talent Acquisition, Training & Development, and Diversity & Inclusion. Sally Manages all ERGs at SBD and is part of the Hispanic Latino Network. Before Sally came to work Stanley Black and Decker, she was in sales and marketing for 7 years and spent 4 years working in human resources within the hospitality industry. She went to Central Connecticut State University and earned her degree in communications, with a concentration in public relations and promotions. In all her roles, Sally has focused on training and development. She really cares about bringing people to a new level in their careers.  When she is not working, she can be found camping with her family and friends and enjoying anything outdoors.

Our Moderator

Annie Hopps


  Annie Hopps
Annie is a third-year flex-MBA candidate, concentrating on Marketing and Entrepreneurship, at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She served in the U.S. Army as a Persian Farsi Cryptologic Linguist in support of the National Security Agency. She is currently working as the Communications Manager for the Warrior Reunion Foundation- managing social media, marketing and communications correspondence for the 2018 Veteran Charity of the Year.