FWHR Newsletter 
Issue 5


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Stay Informed: The Fun Question

Visit the link on our website to look back at 2018's most fun survey questions and answers gathered from our professionals in Fort Worth HR. Every month, FWHR sends luncheon surveys to our members to gather information that helps us select speakers and topics for future meetings. We've compiled some of our best Q&A responses and have posted them to our website for your reading pleasure!

Thanks for sharing your opinions each month. Your feedback and input are what drives the success of our organization. We look forward to many more interesting questions and answers from each of you!

Member Spotlight: Sabrina Williams

#FWHR had an opportunity to sit down with Sabrina Williams for our latest Member Spotlight.

Read Sabrina's interview below!

Q: Can you tell us about your background?

A: I joined the US Army straight out of high school. The military provided me with an opportunity to see the world and experience different cultures. This has been an asset in my human resource career.

My last role focused on talent acquisition, diversity, and Inclusion within the financial industry. I've held various roles in human resources, and have also worked in the retail, non-profit, and government sectors. Because I believe in expanding my knowledge and gaining new experiences, I earned my PHR, SHRM-CP, and I completed the Executive MBA program at Texas Woman's University.

Q: How long have you been a member of Fort Worth HR?

A: I've been an active member of FWHR for 10 years!

Q: How did you first learn about FWHR?

A: While working in employee relations, I had a coworker tell me about Fort Worth HR and the monthly luncheons. That's how I first got involved.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you've received?

A: Two things:

1) You don't know what you don't know. Therefore, it is important to ask questions, listen, and learn.

2) Never let someone else determine your true value. You have to know your self-worth!

Q: What advice would you give a young professional in HR?

A: Intentionally make time to network and meet other HR professionals. It's good to have different HR perspectives and connections so that you don't have to recreate the wheel. It makes it easier when you have questions and need advice. You don't have to feel like you are on an island by yourself.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the Human Resources profession?

A: I enjoy the people I get to meet and support. We are very important to our companies because we are the face of the organization to potential candidates and current employees. We help set the tone and culture of our organizations. HR should be viewed as the place you want to go for assistance.

Q: What's one key aspect of your life that's translated into a successful trait in your career?

A: Accountability. As the oldest of four children, I was responsible for my sister and brothers while my parents worked. The military further instilled this philosophy of accountability. If I ever tell you I'm going to do something, you know that I will. If I can't, we will discuss the obstacles and how we can still accomplish the goal.

Q: In your opinion, how important is it to be involved in other organizations outside of work?

A: I believe it is very important to be involved in other organizations outside of work. I personally volunteer my time, talents, and treasures to nonprofit organizations. I think i benefit from connecting, learning, and sharing with other people. These interactions provide me with opportunities to obtain different perspectives and broaden my knowledge.

Q: What would surprise people to learn about you?

A: I recently founded a nonprofit organization.

Q: If you could have any job for just one day, what would it be, and what would you do?

A: I would be a scholarship granter for individuals. I would award four-year scholarships to underserved students who really want to make a difference for themselves, their families, and our communities. I would love to see the looks on their faces when they find out that they can make their dreams come true without having to worry about the financial burden of student loans.

Emerging HR Professional of The Month: Miranda Broussard

Miranda lives in Fort Worth and earned her B.S. in Advertising from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. When she's not participating in Fort Worth HR events, she's actively volunteering with Girls Inc. of Tarrant County.

We asked Miranda how she discovered FWHR. "While planning a career transition and thinking through my long-term goals, I noticed that my skills and aspirations aligned with a career in Human Resources. I was lucky to be connected with Steve Peglar, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PI. He described his experience in HR and further inspired me to get started in the profession. I joined FWHR to learn more about the industry while building my network."

Miranda currently works for an advertising technology company but wants to apply what she's learned through the aPHR certification process to transition into an HR role. Specifically, she'd like to work in talent acquisition or employee relations. "I believe building relationships with current and potential talent is crucial to organizational health. Any position that allows me to be a part of enhancing the candidate or employee experience would be truly fulfilling for me."

Fort Worth HR is proud to highlight Miranda and is thankful for the impact she makes by combining her core HR knowledge with innovative ideas. For employment related opportunities, please contact info@fwhr.org with the subject line, "Miranda".

Notable Quotables

This month we asked Audrey Stephen for her take on our May luncheon. Dr. George Benson was the headline speaker and he discussed the concept of developing a performance feedback culture in the workplace.

"Dr. Benson made great points about promoting a culture of psychological safety and trust at work. His research and insight are helpful for managing employees."

Dr. George Benson presented research on performance appraisal systems that promote frequent, honest, and developmental feedback to improve performance and engage employees.

Other Highlights

For May's Legal Hour, Denise Landin, JD discussed Millennials in the workplace. Her presentation reviewed the legal impacts of Millennials and how employers can best adapt to the newest generation in the workforce.


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    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Ridglea Country Club

    3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76116

    Please Note - beginning in June, Ridglea will be remodeling their front entryway to the club. We will enter through the west door by walking between the tennis courts and the clubhouse.

    10:15AM - 11:15AM

    Beverly Parker, PHR, SHRM-CP will discuss Generation Z, the latest generation to enter the workforce, and how to break down potential barriers to strengthen your organization.

    11:30AM - 1:00PM

    Ryan Searies will share the A,B,C's of Active Shooter Response and discuss risk management strategies to guide your organization should such a tragic event occur.



    Congratulations to Kristine Valenti on passing her PHR certification test this month! Kristine attended the FWHR S/PHR prep classes so we asked her how she thought it impacted her readiness.

    "The preparation class was structured so that I was able to read the material and then come to class to interact with the instructors and other HR professionals. The test is really checking to see if you can put what you learn into practice I feel that by talking through the material in the classroom it helped me apply those concepts on the test."

    Registration for the Fall 2019 S/PHR prep class is now open. Learn more by following the link on our website. Classes are on Tuesday nights, beginning September 3, through November 19. Location is at UNT's Health Science Center from 6:00pm-9:00pm.


    We are pleased to announce our newest members of FWHR as of May. Take a look at the list below, and please say hello when you see them at our next event!

    Cathie Cantrell
    Cynthia Chaparira
    Stacy Childs
    Katie Coyle
    David Curtis
    Alexandra Derr
    Kimberly Garrison
    Ann Hall
    Lisa McDougal
    Kathy Miller
    Erin Moore
    Maja Owens
    Eryn Patton
    Rose Robinson
    Melissa Timmons
    Teri Trujillo
    Justin Vaughn
    Kent Warren
    Cheryl Weeks

    Check out FWHR.org's Member Directory. It's a great way to learn more about your colleagues in FWHR. Be sure to update your profile picture while you're there! Instructions on how to update your photo are located here.


    Thank you to May's legal hour and luncheon sponsor, University of Texas Arlington Executive MBA College of Business!


    FWHR is an active chapter with a diverse membership. Visit our website to see photos from our events throughout the year. Who knows, you may even find your own smiling face in some!

    Click Here to visit FWHR.org and see some candids from our past events.


    Please take advantage of FWHR's job board postings online!

    Price Per Posting:

    FWHR Member: Complimentary with membership

    FWHR Non Member: $150

    E-mail job posting in a Word format to info@fwhr.org.


    Learn more about FWHR's 2019 HR Educational Excellence Scholarship by clicking the link below. 

    Applications must be received by October 1, 2019