Milspouses Adjust Quickly, Meet Shirley Walker-King

Over 90% of military spouses are women. According to the White House's Military Spouse Demographics and Employment Information publication, "92% of Active Duty spouses are female". This publication also states that: "Female military spouses earn, on average, 25% less...

Military Spouses Move Mountains, Meet Ciara Skiles

Military spouses will figure it out. I have always heard the saying "if you want to get something done, ask a busy mom." Military spouses are possibly the busiest human beings on the planet, whether kids are in the picture or not. Milspouses run the show.  The service...

Military Spouses Bring Creativity & Independence, Meet Adam Evans

Yes, there are male military spouses. I love the diversity in the military spouse community. While the vast majority of U.S. military spouses are female, there ARE male military spouses, and they always impress me. Only around 10% of the nearly 1 million milspouses...

Military Spouses Bring Talent & Cultural Diversity, Meet Mahnoor Siddiqui

Many military spouses are also veterans. For those who may not know, I served in the US Army for six years. I know many other military spouses who are also veterans, having met their spouse during their service in the military. In many cases, the military spouse opted...

MilSpouse Diversity at it’s Finest, Meet Maralis Self

Diversity makes people better. I discovered Maralis through the Military Spouse of the Year program. As a fellow Army spouse and MSOY, I found Maralis to radiate positivity in all things, all the time, rain or shine. Just speaking with Maralis makes me a better...


Meet Our Team

Begin Within is a proud family and family is the most important part of our business. We believe in the philosophy that happy team members make happy clients and happy clients are good for business.

Jaime Chapman

Jaime Chapman

Founder & CEO

Jaime Chapman is the Founder & CEO of Begin Within, a career consulting firm that launches high-performing military spouses and veterans to their career peak in defense contracting. She has placed over 1,600 people creating an economic impact over over $112 million. Jaime has won a couple of major awards:

• #1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall Award  by Military and Veteran’s Choice in September 2019 at the Military Influencer Conference in DC.

• 2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Military Spouse of the Year Award.

Jaime is a proud military spouse and served in the U.S. Army for 6-years. She is a philanthropist and fierce advocate for the military community, actively advocating to reduce the 24% military spouse unemployment rate. She serves as the Career & Employment Advocate for MSAN-Military Spouse Advocacy Network where she offers career expertise to over 15,000 Active Duty Military Spouses. She is a mentor on Veterati where she provides guidance to veterans and military spouses. For speaking engagements, booking + press inquiries, please visit: 

Joseph Motes

Joseph Motes

Director of Business Development

Joe Motes is a retired US Army veteran where he served as the Director of Retention Programs. His post-military career includes service as a Senior Recruitment professional specializing in Military Relations and Diversity Program Manager for Fortune 500 companies. 

Joe’s true passion is Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. He is the host of the Inclusion Cafe Podcast where he interviews industry diversity leadership to discuss the creation of workplace inclusion. 

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson

Director of Career Services & Resume Writing

Jennifer Thompson is the resident resume writer and career services lead at Begin Within. She has a background as a corporate HR Manager and Director of Recruiting, and university Career Services Advisor. She’s achieved the following accomplishments:

  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPWR).
  • “Rookie of the Year Award” in 2018.
  • “Highest Increase in Graduate Salaries” Award in 2019.

If you are coming to Begin Within in search of resume writing and career coaching services, you will be working with Jennifer. Feel free to reach out to her email at

Ashleigh Hilker

Ashleigh Hilker

Recruiter & Resume Writer

Ashleigh Hilker is a Human Resources and recruiting professional, bringing her expertise to the Begin Within team. She began her career in the nonprofit sector working as a fundraising and recruiting guru for companies including: 

  • The United Way
  • The American Cancer Society 
  • Community of Hope 

Ashleigh is passionate about getting the right people in the right places. She was recognized and promptly promoted to the Human Resources Manager role where she developed teams and talent… The military had other plans for the Hilker family, and Ashleigh left DC for Florida where she near completion of her master’s degree in Human Resource Management, working for Begin Within. In her free time, she volunteers with a local running club supporting fellow military spouses,  and enjoys the beach, and exploring new places with her family. 



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Wally, the 152 pound Irish Wolfhound, keeps our CEO in line. He makes sure that she maintains work/life balance, gets brisk walks during the day and remembers to eat lunch. He is the CSO and Food Inspector and has mastered the art of taking naps during the work day.

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We were voted the #1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall and our team is comprised of unbelievably talented people. We're 100% owned and operated by veterans and military spouses.

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