These advocates work tirelessly to help veterans succeed in the civilian workplace. Get to know who they are, what they do, and how they advocate for the veteran community.
Maria Baer is the Diversity Recruitment Specialist. She was a Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) in the Army, 1997-2017.
“This award speaks to the work Mayo Clinic is doing to engage, recruit, and hire veterans. I am inspired, and driven, to have a positive impact in our veteran community. As a Veteran Recruitment Specialist, I continue to work earnestly to increase our military community and partners outreach programs, working with key stakeholders to drive initiatives forward that affect our veteran workforce, and set the foundation for veteran career pathways. That need for positive impact extends to volunteer opportunities that amplify the work we are trying to do, but also helps me stay connected to the military community.”
Champion’s Job Responsibilities:
Maria strategizes and engages with veterans, Department of Defense, and Mayo Clinic leadership to promote and create opportunities within Mayo Clinic.
Why Rau was nominated for the Veteran Champions of the Year in Corporate America Award:
Maria has worked tirelessly to bring the SkillBridge program to Mayo Clinic. She has also partnered with Mayo Clinic leaders and the Department of Defense to work towards becoming a Military Friendly Employer. Her efforts have led to a program within Mayo Clinic to truly partner with veterans for preparation to civilian work life. She has connected with nurse leaders, educators, current employed veterans, and recruitment to ensure that we offer comprehensive support to veterans. Her passion and her drive to her veteran community has led to phenomenal work and progress in these spaces. Maria is co-chair of our Veteran Mayo Employee Resource Group (volunteer group to offer support), Wear Blue: Run to Remember and Team Red, White, and Blue, American Legion Post 90, Veterati (Mentorship Platform for Veterans).