Laura Schmiegel


Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Orion Talent

A passionate, nationally recognized leader in transitioning military, veteran, and military spouse employment, Schmiegel joins Orion Talent from Booz Allen Hamilton where she served as Head of Military and Veteran Affairs. She is also the co-founder of Blue Star Families and founder of the Military Spouse Program at the US Chamber of Commerce/Hiring Our Heroes. Laura is a published author on the topic of military transition and employment, and was awarded the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in 2021.

Ms. Schmiegel has served as a writer and advisor on military family issues, particularly military spouse employment, to nonprofits, political campaigns, and businesses. She has been published in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, on Politico and the Huffington Post, and in the US Chamber’s BHQ Quarterly magazine. She currently lives in Arlington with husband Kevin Schmiegel, President of ThanksUSA, and her two proud military children Jack and Mary Frances.