Warrior to Scholar to Leader

A Series of Unscripted Conversations

presented by Bellarmine University, in conjunction with the Athena’s Sisters and the Bellarmine Student Veteran’s Association

The “Warrior to Scholar to Leader” seminar series features three veteran-mediated panel discussions by student veterans. Panelists invite you in as they offer personal insights into the issues veterans encounter when transitioning from the military to college and into the workforce. All seminars are free and open to the public.


Transitioning from Military to University
This is the first of three seminars, which seek to increase communication and understanding of the veteran experience as they transition out of the military. The seminar is designed so the audience can overhear a conversation among veteran students, who have successfully transitioned into the university. We have the opportunity to listen in as they talk about issues, surprises, and difficulties they encountered. The purpose in overhearing this conversation is so other veterans in the audience can learn from the panel; and the community, traditional students and university faculty can gain insight to the different challenges veterans face. Q & A to follow.

  • February 20, 2016 • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Clayton Hall, Room 234, Bellarmine University
  • Box lunch served
  • RSVP here

Women Veterans’ Transition Experiences
In this second seminar, the panel will be moderated by Lindsay Gargotto, founder of Athena’s Sisters and the 2014 Kentucky Veteran of the Year. You are invited to listen in as women veterans sit down and discuss their transition from military life to university and civilian life. Listen to this unique population of women as they give voice and provide insight into the lives of the 8% of 5% of Americans who are veterans. Q & A to follow.

  • March 11, 2016 at 6 p.m.
  • Allen Hall, Room 460A, Bellarmine University
  • Snacks served
  • RSVP here

Skills Veterans Bring to the Workplace
In the last seminar, veterans will discuss the benefits, challenges, and skills their military time provided. These skills are a valuable commodity that can be put to good use as a student and, later, as an employee. The experience of the veteran is explored by the panel of veterans in order to bring to light these valuable, and sometimes, overlooked advantages that are offered to employers. Q & A to follow.

  • April 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.
  • Frazier Hall, Bellarmine University
  • Snacks served
  • RSVP here