FWHR Newsletter 
Issue 1


FWHR Monthly News, Events, and Updates

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2019 Board Members from left
(back) Danielle Snailer, Isaac Stolar, Jon Evans, Justin Dorsey, Kristine Hollis, Laura Bustamante. 
(center) Beverly Parker, Debbie Elliott, Pam Johnson (front) Barbara Lungren, Randi Daniel, Julie Ross, Eileen Verner
Not pictured: Dottie Muldowney and Cat Schlueter.

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Welcome to the FWHR Newsletter 

The purpose of the newsletter is so that you, FWHR members and guests, understand how we, the board, bring you value and perform for the chapter.  If you ever show up to one of our events—a luncheon, a conference, a prep class, or a happy hour—and you thoroughly enjoy your time, we want you to come back.  And when things go smoothly, we want you to know that it's not because of luck.  There are many hours spent by those of us on the board and by other volunteers to ensure that when you attend an event that it is a quality production.

This newsletter is not just to tell you what's going on in the chapter.  It's also so we may tell you our story, so that you may be proud to be affiliated with FWHR and that you will continue to join us for many years to come.

If you show up at an event, don’t be too shy to say hi.  We’ll see you soon.

Jon Evans



2018: A Year in Review

When I was originally approached about becoming President of Fort Worth HR I said no. The timing wasn’t right, I had a newborn to take care of, my job situation was unsettled, and I lacked the confidence to command such an important role. Self-doubt had taken over my thoughts and I was unable to pull myself out of the tailspin. Carla McKenzie, who was President at the time, stayed patient and continued to encourage me to get out of my comfort zone. I reluctantly agreed but the prospect of a two-year term seemed daunting. However, with a board of 15 exceptional people around me I stepped into the role with a mixture of excitement and nervous energy. Fast forward to January 2019 and I want to take some time to say thanks and reflect on what we have accomplished as an organization.

In 2017, we made the decision to re-brand the organization and shorten the name from Fort Worth HR Management Association to Fort Worth HR. With this change we needed a new logo, website address, and marketing materials. As you can imagine, logo discussions can lead to some intense debates, but we finally agreed upon one and prepared to go public with it. Being based in Cowtown, we wanted a brand that would resemble a cattle brand. Pretty creative, right? We also believed that the shortened name would be a better reflection of our members because they work in all areas of HR. 

Following the change, we focused our energy on building partnerships within the community, enhancing our programs, and expanding our influence to become the voice of HR in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our list of community partners includes Diamond Hill Elementary, Blue Zones, Tarrant Area Food Bank, FWInc Magazine, and several universities in the area. We added Summer School, a four-hour educational program on a topic chosen by our members and began looking for speakers that would truly challenge the individuals who attend our educational events. My hope has always been that you would hear challenging content that would be useful back at the office rather than just another presentation. Part of our mission statement is to promote the strategic value of HR which is only possible if our members are making an impact at their place of business.

To wrap up with some metrics, we grew by over 15% in 2018, attendance at luncheons is at an all-time high, and satisfaction surveys are consistently positive. This would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers and the help of our administrative team at the Culpepper Management Group. I want to end by saying thanks to you, the person reading this newsletter. I don’t know where you are at in your career or what is happening in your personal life. We are human first and without the human, you don’t get the resource. Fort Worth HR at its heart is a community and if you need help, feedback, coaching, or even a shoulder to cry on there’s someone who will be by your side. Thanks for trusting us with your time and investing in your professional development by being part of Fort Worth HR. As I hand over the reins to Jon Evans, let’s keep the momentum going and expand our impact in 2019.

By Justin Dorsey
Immediate Past President

Member Spotlight: Colby Waldrop

#FWHR caught up with Colby Waldrop, Senior Branch Manager at CornerStone Staffing in Fort Worth. Learn more about Colby by reading the Q & A below!

Q: How would you describe your day job to a child?

A: I get to work with the best companies in Fort Worth to help mommies and daddies find great jobs!

Q: Before working at CornerStone Staffing, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A: The summer between High School and College, I literally lived on site in an RV at Six Flags over Texas in a park under “The Titan” and ran food vendor booths for a catering company that my best friend’s mom owned.  It was a lot of work and a lot of fun!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Fort Worth?

A: Hard question as there are so many great places in Fort Worth,
but Capital Grille has to be one of my top choices.
I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food.

Q: What TV show are you currently watching?

A: I hate to admit this and be on the bandwagon,
but I am about to watch Game of Thrones again
in anticipation of the final season that starts in April.

Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A: I am blessed with many opportunities to serve others
and I know that is my gift above all else. 
I am honored every day to serve God, my family, the teams I manage, my clients and the talent we place.
That is exactly what gets me out of bed every morning!

Q: How did you first learn about FWHR?

A: Our company sponsored a booth for the
Employment Law Update which I got signed up for as
the “new sales guy” five years ago. 
I met some fantastic people that day and knew I had to get involved!

Q: How has FWHR helped you in your career development?

A: Being in Business Development for
Talent Acquisition and Recruiting, I have gained so
much knowledge and exposure from being surrounded
by so many talented HR professionals. 
I have also had the privilege and trust of a lot of
members to build partnerships. I am proud to call
a lot of them clients and friends.

Q: What has been your favorite event to participate in at FWHR?

A: I enjoy the lunches, but I look forward to the
Employment Law Update because it has the
biggest turnout of people. Plus you get to spend all day
(and maybe even a Happy Hour) having great conversations 
and getting to know people.

Q: What advice would you give new or prospective members of FWHR?

A: Dive in, meet people and get involved. 
Just like anything else, the grass is greener where you water it, so turn on the hose!  

Q: How have you benefited from being a member of FWHR?

A: The connections, knowledge and partnerships built
through FWHR have not only driven my business,
but my continued education of how I can influence
the HR and Fort Worth community as a whole!


Notable Quotable's From January's Luncheon

Today's notable quotable comes from Melanie Kroeker,
Benefits Consultant at Hays Companies.  Melanie attended January's luncheon with guest speaker,
Mayor Betsy Price.  We asked Melanie about her experience at the luncheon and what part of Mayor Price's speech was most memorable to her.

"She mentioned that Fort Worth is now the 15th-largest city in the US. It is also the largest women-led city in the country. It is empowering to know that, in a predominately male-driven workforce, women still play an extraordinary role in leading their respective businesses
and communities."

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was our first speaker in 2019.  She touched on many issues, including her desire for stronger and safer communities and how she and the city government must make tough decisions that are necessary regarding city pensions.  She also credited human resource professionals for being the vanguard of workforce readiness, because as Fort Worth grows larger we must satisfy the labor demands of today and train for the work of tomorrow.

Other Highlights

  • Read Fort Worth is an initiative led by Mayor Price with the goal of ensuring 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.

  • Fort Worth is now the largest certified Blue Zone city in America.

  • 50 new people move to Fort Worth every day!


Join the 2019 FWHR board members at Chimy's in Fort Worth on Thursday, February 21st from 5:30pm-7:30pm!

There will be a complimentary nacho bar and all #FWHR members receive 2 free drinks!


Our January Sponsor:

Financial Additions
 has been in business since 1999 working with top companies in the DFW metroplex and a winner of Best Places to Work award for the past 10 years.

With our in-depth knowledge of the Finance and Accounting industry, we identify and qualify the best candidates, helping local businesses find and acquire the best talent.

Types of positions we fill:

  • CFO
  • Internal Audit
  • Controller
  • Tax Manager
  • Accounting Manager
  • Sales and Use Tax
  • Finance Director
  • Fixed Asset
  • Accountant
  • Payroll
  • Senior Financial Analyst

Are you interested in partnering with FWHR as a sponsor? If so, visit our website to learn more! 


Diamond Hill Elementary, a Title I school in Fort Worth, has many students from low income families.

Your donations support extra items, like uniforms and choir robes, they might not otherwise afford. You can donate online when you register for the monthly legal hour and luncheon or bring cash to donate in-person.

Click here to learn more about Diamond Hill and how FWHR supports this school.

Thanks to your generosity FWHR donated over $5,000 to
Diamond Hill in 2018!

Barb Lundgren presents a check to DHE's Assistant Principal,
Hilda Herrera.


FWHR Board Member, 
Cat Schlueter receives the HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Year Award


Deadline to register:



$400 for members

$500 for non-members


UNT Health Science Center

Carl Everett Building

Room EAD 524

3500 Camp Bowie,

Fort Worth, TX 76107


Every Monday night at

February 25 - May 13


HRCP materials will be utilized. A discount code will be given to individuals who register for the prep classes.

Study materials cost (with discount)

Online with flash cards - $216.34

Printed with flash cards - $304.64

Both printed and online - $392.94

Class is limited to 30 people.

Scholarships are available.


ELU has been set for Friday, April 26, 2019! This year it will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Worth. Stay tuned for more details to come!


FWHR hosted their annual Holiday Luncheon at Pinstripes in The Shops at Clearfork. Diamond Hill Elementary's choir came to sing for everyone, and celebrity MCs raffled off donated items to spread some holiday cheer. Read more on our website and check out these photos.


Join us at our next Legal Update and Luncheon on
February 14th


Valentine's Day

February 14, 2019


Legal Hour - 10:15am

Networking - 11:15am

Luncheon - 11:30am


Ridglea Country Club

2700 Bernie Anderson Avenue

Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Please note that starting in February we will have a designated time for networking for all members and guests after the Legal Hour in the lobby of Ridglea Country Club. Join us before lunch to catch up with old friends and make new ones!