The VetNet Business Network’s mission is to connect employees with the internal and external Veteran community. VetNet creates strategic and developmental programs that support JLL’s commitment to provide long-term careers for military men and women where they utilize their strong work ethic, integrity, leadership and teamwork skills, as well as their ability to succeed in a challenging work environment.
The Midwatch podcast series
Hosted by JLL’s Dan Eddinger, Project Manager and retired Navy Submariner, The Midwatch podcast supports JLL’s mission of connecting our company, our Veteran employees and the communities where we live and work. Catch a special Veterans Day edition of the podcast below.
Who we are
Hear from members on what drives their passion for diversity and inclusion.
Shawn Gregoire, Senior Facility Manager
After my son, SPC Michael Isaiah Nance, was killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan in July 2019, VetNet immediately made sure that I had support through by collaborating with other diverse Business Resource Groups within JLL and from VetNet partnerships. People often only think of gender and ethnicity when it comes to diversity. However, diversity encompasses other groups such as the Veteran community. I joined VetNet because as a Gold Star Mother it was imperative that I show my support to Veterans especially within the JLL community.
Michael Ho, VP, Project and Development Services, NY Retail
I joined VetNet because as a Veteran, I recognized right away the opportunity to connect with other military Veterans throughout our organization. As a BRG, VetNet provides the framework for us to connect, support, recognize and celebrate fellow military Veterans within JLL. It is so very important for JLL to recognize the need for a diverse and inclusive workplace because acknowledging and celebrating our differences makes us a much stronger and more productive organization. The VetNet community is truly an awe-inspiring group of like-minded colleagues and allies.
Kris Dissette, Director, Project and Development Services and VetNet Pacific Region Co-Chapter Lead
I joined VetNet to support their mission of attracting and developing military talent. After experiencing first-hand how difficult transition out of the military can be, I feel proud to work for a firm which supports the transition process. I’m honored to be establishing a VetNet chapter here in the Pacific Northwest, furthering our commitment to support those service members, their spouses and others connected to military service.
Monica Castaneda, Facilities Manager and VetNet Pacific Region Co-Chapter Lead
I joined VetNet to help raise awareness to our Veteran community of the resources available to them. There’s a sense of camaraderie that’s huge within the military, which is missed when entering the civilian sector, with VetNet you’ll find that same sense of “family.” It’s the JLL way. Each member is a leader that wants to make a difference, an impact, not just to their team but also to our community. With Diversity and Inclusion being a core focus, it serves as a reminder that within our differences we find strength and unity. We’re able to elevate our business and our community when we show up as our true, authentic selves. It’s a no one left behind mentality; we are stronger together. Through embracing our diversity is where we all truly win! Semper Fidelis!
JLL achieved Military Friendly® Employer Gold Status from 2018-2020 for our commitment to serving the military and Veteran community through outcomes and impact. JLL has also been recognized as a Military Spouse-friendly employer and for our inclusion of Veteran-owned businesses
Developed and launched two 16-week, two-phase apprenticeship programs for JLL that focus on recruiting and training military service members seeking a career in Construction Project Management or as an HVAC Technician. These programs are accredited by the United States Department of Labor
Created a fellowship program with Hiring Our Heroes, which is approved by the United States Department of Defense and provides opportunity for separating active military members to work at JLL for 6 weeks, providing them civilian sector job experience to support their post-military career development
In 2018, JLL was inducted into the United States Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). The MSEP connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses
Support employees who are active members of the Reserve and Guard forces through our signed pledge of the U.S. DOD’s “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” or ESGR
Created online courses in partnership with the JLL Learning & Development team that provide people managers with the skills they need to bridge the military-civilian knowledge gap and best support our JLL Veterans in their career development
Sponsor several Veteran-based charities including wear blue: a run to remember and Tuesday’s Children, as well as the Southeastern Guide Dogs who help pair dogs with disabled Veterans
VetNet participates in the wearblue: run to remember (USMC Marathon) in Washington D.C.
JLL and wearblue participate in a wreath laying ceremony for fallen soldiers in Washington D.C.
JLL's Dan Fernandes, National VetNet Lead and his father discuss their military careers and how service to the country is a guiding force in their lives.
JLL’s EJ McNeil, Steve Carlos and Dan Fernandes at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Dinner. The Foundation provides scholarships for the children of fallen service members and law enforcement officers.
JLL and VetNet sponsor the Warriors Keep event in Estes Peak, Colorado.