Talents ASCEND’s mission is to be the beacon of intentional change for talent diversity, equity and inclusion.

We look for media opportunities that will allow us to share our message, tell our story and help our communities.

Employers are missing out on the talent our military service members, veterans and spouses, people with disabilities and justice-involved bring to an organization.

We remove the barriers and bias.

Public Speaking Engagements

Robyn Grable is the Founder and CEO of Talents ASCEND, Inc. and Veterans ASCEND, now part of The ASCEND Collective (501c3). Through her ongoing study of America’s workforce, she is a leading voice on advocacy, removing barriers and bias, skills-based hiring and providing connections to successful employment for our underserved talent pools. Along with other awards, she was recently named among the 2023 GSA Women of Influence.

How In-House Teams Benefit from Outside Recruiting

The Beacon: March 2023

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are approximately 2.5 million Veteran Owned Businesses in the United States, which represent nearly 10% of all businesses. These businesses generate more than $1 trillion in annual revenue...

The Beacon: February 2023

A Message from our CEO, Robyn Grable It's February. The month to celebrate Black History, Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Ash Wednesday and other fun days like National Pancake Day (21st) and National Strawberry Day (27th)!​...

The Beacon: January 2023

A message from our Founder and CEO, Robyn Grable: The definition of a beacon: a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration. That is the perfect definition of our mission at Talents ASCEND. A fire that...

The Beacon: January 2023

A message from our Founder and CEO, Robyn Grable: The definition of a beacon: a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration. That is the perfect definition of our mission at Talents ASCEND. A fire that...

Press Releases – Latest News

Talents ASCEND joins NVBDC Military and Veteran Organization (MVO) Task Force

Thank You Small Business Resilience Award (pdf)

The Barriers that Exist for Job-Seeking Veterans and How to Eliminate Them

Veterans ASCEND celebrates 4th anniversary (pdf)

Talents ASCEND launch is on the horizon. (pdf)
Veterans ASCEND receives Wells Fargo Foundation grant (pdf)
Bunker Labs Impact Award(pdf)
Jim Moran Institute Small Business Leadership Conference Pitch (pdf)
MOU With South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs (pdf)

veterans Ascend


From 2019 to 2021, the Veterans ASCEND podcast highlighted veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs who are making a difference; industry leaders and employers who have not only shown that they understand the need to hire veterans and military spouses, but have built programs to support them.

Host: Robyn Grable

We are in the process of reloading these great podcasts, please check back soon. If you have any questions, email us at

LETTING GO of Resumes in 2023

As we venture into the great unknown of 2023, being familiar with these five stages will help you become more self-aware and more successful as you trailblaze talent sourcing sans resume.

ALIVE DAY: Close Calls, Gratitude, & Grace

Most combat Veterans do not openly speak about their combat experiences but may share that there was a date and time where they were moments or inches from losing their life.  This is their Alive Day. 


It doesn’t matter if you have 1 Veteran or 200, they all deserve a moment of recognition for the sacrifices they have made, and were willing to make, in order to keep our nation secure and citizens free.

You Are Not Alone

Suicide Prevention within the Military Community is a subject that is deeply personal for many of us.  In support of this mission, we want to remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

A Symptom of Mismanaged Processes

Employers that have a hard time managing applications should, first and foremost, reevaluate their hiring processes keeping in mind that not all talent sourcing and management software is created equal.

Business Etiquette is not just for Boardrooms

We don’t need a fancy three-piece suit and marble topped conference table to be viewed as a respected professional…we just need to remember the big three R’s of business etiquette: Recognition, Respect, and Response.

The World of Talent Has Changed… Has your Sourcing Strategy?

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed how people think about their careers and their work/life balance. As employers chart a path ahead, it will either lead to a stronger, more productive and fulfilled team, or leave them in a constant cycle of recruiting, hiring, and training, only to have to do it again when mismatched applicants inevitably move on.

Vacancy Rates

Record Job VacanciesAccording to The Department of Labor’s monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, also known as the JOLTS report, employment vacancies in the US rose to over 11 million in October 2021. While vacancies dropped slightly in...

The Issue with Resumes

Putting one’s professional history and career accomplishments into a resume can oftentimes feel overwhelming. It’s hard enough to summarize job titles, skills, and performance in a limited number of bullet points let alone having to recall the...

Adaptability, Dedication, and Perseverance

Military spouses are forced to adapt to challenges that those outside the military rarely face. Between relocating every few years, managing households, raising children alone during deployments, and learning to live without their partner for...