Please join FPS for the third of three webinars in FPS' thought leadership webinar series on the hiring crunch.

With the current tight labor market, retention is more important than ever. A renewed look at — and an investment in — employee development could provide a significant advantage when it comes to retention. For many job seekers, a new position is only the beginning of their “wish list” for employment; career development and advancement are top of mind when looking for a new job. 

During this webinar, our panel of experts - Evan Lesser, Sophia Marshall, and Leah Schmid - will provide meaningful discussion and share insights and best practices in how to retain talent through continuing professional development. The following questions will be answered during the webinar:
  • How do you retain your best employees? Can you share some examples of best practices?
  • How important to employees are professional development opportunities?
  • How are you keeping competitors from picking off your talent?
  • What are the average employee tenure trends today?  
  • Are employees job hopping more now than in the past?
  • What are you hearing in exit interviews? 
Who should attend:
  • Human resources professionals
  • Training and development professionals
  • Hiring managers
The complex and competitive hiring environment in the government contracts industry and what HR professionals, hiring managers, and training & development professionals is also the subject of an article written by on January 24, 2019. Read it here.
About Our Experts
  • Evan Lesser
    Co-Founder, President,
    Evan H. Lesser is the Co-Founder and President of He started with DHI in 2004 after selling ClearanceJobs. Before founding ClearanceJobs, Lesser managed technical projects with CACI for the U.S. Navy's Science and Technology directorate at the Pentagon, and for the Joint Technology Panel on Electronic Warfare. Previously, he worked for Boeing on its Reserve Component Automation System program for the U.S. Army in metro Washington, DC. Lesser has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia in Athens, and lives and works in the Atlanta metropolitan area. When he’s not working, he’s usually spending time with his family, writing songs, playing games, or daydreaming of travel to faraway lands.
  • Sophia Marshall
    Job Development Specialist, Government Contracting - George Mason University
    Sophia Marshall, MHR, BCC is the Employer Relations Manager, GovCon Associate, and Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s School of Business. She conducts outreach to employers in the Northern VA area, linking them to opportunities to interface with undergraduate and graduate students. She also delivers career guidance focused on federal and GovCon industries. Sophia’s background is in higher education, workforce training and development, and instructional design. She serves as the Co-Chair of Dulles Chamber’s Workforce and Education committee and is a member of Reston Chamber’s GovCon committee.

    Prior to her work at George Mason University, Sophia provided consulting services, helping hundreds of job seekers make successful career transitions from military service into the civilian sector. She is a published author with work found in Military Spouse Magazine, the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Modernize Your Resume, and Modernize Your Job Search Letters.

    About George Mason University: George Mason University’s School of Business creates career-ready business graduates through rigorous, stimulating business programs based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, we prepare the next generation of business leaders through a range of innovative academic degree programs, executive education programs, and international alliances.
    University of Oklahoma, Master of Human Relations (MHR) - Field Of Study: Multicultural & Diversity Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Stout - Field Of Study: Instructional Design
    Ursinus College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Field Of Study: English & Japanese Activities and Societies - International House, Community Service
  • Leah Schmid
    VP, Human Resources and Administration, Delta Risk
    Leah oversees human resources, talent acquisition, information technology, and security management functions for Delta Risk. She has more than 15 years of progressive human resources and strategic business partnering experience from a wide array of industries. Before joining Delta Risk, she was the director of administration at Manufacturing Techniques (MTEQ), an advanced sensors design, development, and rapid prototyping company. In this role she served as a member of the executive leadership team and created business-driven programs and process improvement in a wide range of areas, including talent management, benefits administration, facilities and security management, and information technology. Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification, and well as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional certification.

    Delta Risk provides a modern approach that allows companies to innovate and adopt new technologies quickly and securely. Built with a cloud-first approach, Delta Risk’s ActiveEye solutions provide clients with native integration to Microsoft Office 365, Google GSuite, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Google Cloud Platform. Delta Risk is an Advanced Partner within the AWS Partner Network, and has been recognized as a “Top 25 Cyber Security Companies 2017” by CIO Applications, “Top 10 Managed Security Service Provider 2018,” by Enterprise Security, and one of the “Top 100 MSSPs 2017” by MSSP Alert. Delta Risk also offers professional consulting services for commercial and government clients to help them develop cyber security approaches to better protect their organizations and enable their business needs.
    Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification.