From Comfort Zone to Confident Zone: My Internship Experience with Fidelis NA, LLC

From Comfort Zone to Confident Zone: My Internship Experience with Fidelis NA, LLC

I am really glad that I interned with Fidelis in July and August. I am really glad that my supervisor is Luis, who is open-minded, easygoing and encouraging. I learned a great deal from him, and also from Fidelis. Fidelis NA, LLC was newly founded but has expanded rapidly. Fidelis is surely not comparable to big companies like Facebook and Amazon. But you can learn things that you can never learn from big companies. You are able to get help directly from leadership such as the CEO directly. You are able to discuss your ideas to the CEO directly. You are also able to develop a personal relationship directly with CEO. Think as a founder and act as a founder is one requirement for Fidelis' internship, which means you are able to experiment with solutions to problems. There is not an absolute right and wrong answer in Fidelis. You have the freedom to experiment and choose your best way to solve the problem. You can see your impacts as long as you make an effort.

Business Networking Event for Veterans by Fidelis

Business Networking Event for Veterans by Fidelis

One trend I keep stumbling upon is that businesses, whether it’s for profit, non-profit, startups, they are continuously seeking and yearning for leadership, valuable skill sets, tenacity and problem solving skills in candidates. Military Veterans possess these qualities, amongst others.

Keynote: Combating Service Member Stigmas

Keynote: Combating Service Member Stigmas

As a business owner, I am thrilled to announce that Fidelis is committed to helping bridge the gap in the Veteran hiring process. I have had many conversations with Veterans that continue to face challenges in the hiring process for multiple reasons: a) their resumes may not be as “polished” as their competition, b) networking is not their strength, c) after applying to a company that “hires Veterans,” the applicant never hears back!

Fidelis’ Veteran Networking

Fidelis’ Veteran Networking

As a Veteran and business owner, I know how challenging it is to meet employers that value the leadership capabilities and unique skills learned in the armed forces. I also know it may feel like an uphill battle to develop a resume and a cover letter specifically to the company and job description. It’s time consuming!

Crisis Management: A Framework for Transitioning from Reactive to Proactive

Crisis Management: A Framework for Transitioning from Reactive to Proactive

In transitioning from crisis response to crisis management, an organization should commit to five critical proactive measures: (1) establish what defines a “crisis”, (2) consider crisis in the context of the organization’s priorities, (3) anticipate potential crisis conditions through analysis, (4) establish decision points for potential crisis conditions, and (5) arrange for planned intervals during which crisis management leaders and teams meet to assess the current threat environment and potential crisis conditions.

Businesses take lessons beyond training from active shooter workshop

Businesses take lessons beyond training from active shooter workshop

Evangeline Bank & Trust Co. is one of the businesses who previously attended and has since incorporated those lessons into their lives. After months of tragic shootings, they say prior knowledge of active shooters is becoming irrelevant. "It's basically changing pretty much every day," says Security & Administrative Assistant LaChanda Alfred.

Surviving an Active Shooter Incident Why a ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach Lacks Effectiveness

Surviving an Active Shooter Incident Why a ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach Lacks Effectiveness

A common theme developed by the government and security companies to surviving an active shooter incident has been to create an easily articulated recommendation and strategy. “Run, Hide, Fight” which is the U.S. government’s “guidance” to surviving an active shooter incident is the first one that comes to mind. Search the web, and you’ll see numerous entities either training the Run-Hide-Fight methodology or creating their own acronyms that are highly marketable and resonate with people. But, are they effective?

Effective Mitigation Strategies for Personal Safety

Effective Mitigation Strategies for Personal Safety

In the early morning hours of 22 April 2018, a semi-nude gunman arrived at a Waffle House in South Nashville, TN, killing two people outside, then proceeding into the restaurant and killing two more before being taken down by an unarmed civilian. While this type of hostile act can happen anywhere and to anyone, there are strategies that individuals can apply daily to mitigate the risk to their personal safety in restaurants and other public venues. 

Protect Yourself No One Else Will: 10 Tips to Develop an Effective Security Program

Protect Yourself No One Else Will: 10 Tips to Develop an Effective Security Program

Every organization, whether a school or business, should have an emergency action plan in place. The plan should be thorough, but not complicated, simple but sufficient. It should address any and all emergencies relevant to schools and your geographical locations. Active shooter, fire, bomb threat, natural disasters, Chem-Bio (white powder), and more should all be addressed.

Active Shooter Workshop Looks to Prepare Hundreds in Ville Platte

Active Shooter Workshop Looks to Prepare Hundreds in Ville Platte

“To evade you want to run the opposite direction of a sound of gunfire,” says Perron. Then you obstruct by making your way to a safe room. “First ring of security is you lock the door. ..lock the door…second ring barricade with any and everything you have available,” says Perron. Just as important is pre-recognition.