FWHR Newsletter 
Issue 7


FWHR Monthly News, Events, and Updates

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Never Bet Against SHRM

The 2019 SHRM Annual Conference left nothing to be desired.  As usual, SHRM provided attendees with a wealth of information via educational tracks, mega sessions, general sessions, and tons of networking opportunities.  This was my second conference and I can say that it was no less exceptional than the first.  This year’s conference was recorded as the largest yet, with close to 25,000 attendees from over 90 different countries, including Texas.  

A true highlight of the conference was the opportunity to connect and network with so many wonderful HR people from TX at the Texas SHRM Reception held in Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant (after all you can’t be a Texan without a margarita). The connections made there are sure to last a lifetime for many. 

Lastly, the live entertainment – Lionel Richie and Regina Bell - was icing on the cake for me.  Both artists are wonderful performers who I grew up listening to, and being able to see them live really added to the experience.  

Unfortunately, my phone was lost while on this trip, and with it, all of the photos I took (who doesn’t back up their phone on the cloud due to limited storage?). However even this tragedy, as sad as it is, could not dull the memories and connections made at SHRM19 and at the TXSHRM reception.  Time to start preparations for SHRM20 in San Diego!

Leila Peeples, SHRM-SCP

Contributor, FWHR Newsletter

Member Spotlight: Destiny Row, MBA

#FWHR chose to include Destiny Row in July's Member Spotlight. Destiny is a Human Resources Strategic Partner for Catholic Charities Fort Worth. She received her BBA in Business Management from UTA and her MBA in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at UNT. Read more about Destiny below!

Q: How did you come to join FWHR?

A: I learned about this great organization through my current employer. I'm so glad I did!

Q: What's a typical day at work look like for you, and what parts of your job do you find most enjoyable?

A: A typical day for me is mostly focused around recruiting. What I find the most joy in is problem solving and being a strategic partner for our employees. 

Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

A: I'm a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth. I have the opportunity to give back and positively impact my community. I am currently serving as a team lead for a group of advisors who are guiding new members through their first year in the league. I also volunteer a lot with my church serving alongside my husband in the youth ministry program. 

Q: What inspires and motivates you?

A: What inspires me is leaving behind a legacy, both personally and professionally. I am motivated most when I am challenged with learning new skills, as well as being entrusted with taking on ownership and more responsibility. Seeing the fruit of my commitment, discipline, and hard work paying off is a great feeling.

Q: What did you think was cool when you were young, but isn't so cool now?

A: The 90's grunge look. A style I hope doesn't make its way back!

Q: If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

A: Why do mosquitos exist? They are the worst!

Q: What's something you've learned about HR that you otherwise wouldn't have learned in school?

A: There are a lot of gray areas in HR. It's not just black and white all the time like people outside of HR may believe. Some things come down to understanding your organization's culture, what's best for your employees, and the greater good of the organization.

Emerging HR Professional of the Month: Rebecca Chisholm, MBA, SHRM-CP

Rebecca is July's Emerging HR Professional and a Senior HR Generalist at Equify, LLC in Downtown Fort Worth. She graduated from Oklahoma Christian University and earned her MBA in Human Resources. Her most recent educational accomplishment came in February 2017 when she received her SHRM-CP certification! We asked Rebecca to tell us more about her experience in HR and share some fun aspects of her personal life.

The first thing we wanted to know was Rebecca's favorite aspect of HR. "Wellness and benefits, as well as providing guidance and counsel to our employees are probably my favorite parts of the job. HR interested me because I liked the idea of having a chance to improve peoples workplace and serving employees and business leaders."

Rebecca found FWHR one day while googling HR associations in the area. She started attending meetings during her journey to earn her MBA, and now that she's almost 3 years into her HR career she hopes to deepen relationships with fellow HR professionals and help others who are also new to HR.

On a more personal note, Rebecca lives in Weatherford with her husband, three dogs, and multiple chickens! She enjoys camping, traveling, watching good movies and practicing yoga. Rebecca is the third oldest out of 10 siblings and is expecting her first child in January with her husband!

Please congratulate Rebecca when you see her at future luncheons, and join us as we thank her for being a valued member of our organization.

Isaac Stolar

Newsletter, FWHR

Notable Quotables

Pictured above is Kelly Simants, a 20 year human resources veteran and former HR Director at Starbucks. She gave examples of well-known companies that have done a great job painting pictures and sharing stories with candidates to help them envision their future with the organization. She reminded us that HR people should hire for values, trust, and professionalism. After all, how many of us work for companies that could benefit from dusting off their old job descriptions?

We sat with Sierra Mosier at July's luncheon to get her take on FWHR's guest speaker, Kelly. Her takeaway was simple; It's okay to have fun and create a bit of weirdness at work!

Sierra had this to say about Kelly's presentation:

"Kelly made a great comment about job descriptions. She mentioned that organizations should craft a diversity statement, make their job postings more gender-neutral, and use descriptions that have words with a positive connotation vs. negative ones. If more companies did this while maintaining a voice that reflects their organizational culture, they could attract a much more interested pool of talented candidates."

Upcoming Events

The Strategic Mindset (TSM) conference will be held on Friday, September 13th at Amon Carter Center from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Registration information can be found here!

Texas SHRM is hosting a live Webinar on August 2, at 1:00pm. All Texas SHRM Webinars are pre-approved for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. Click the link to learn more details and register today. Prices have been reduced to $29!


    Amber Morrow attended a PHR/SPHR prep class last fall and on Monday, 6/24 she passed her GPHR! Amber has held her PHR for six years, and when applying for the SPHR she realized she was eligible for the GPHR so she went for it!

    Please congratulate Amber on her recent accomplishment! We look forward to hearing about future successes.


    FWHR is accepting applications for the 2019 HR Educational Excellence Scholarship. We are eager to recognize and award students who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in selecting a career in the human resource arena.

    Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process. We encourage you to please share with others that may benefit from this scholarship opportunity.


    Our Fall certification course is now open for registration. this course will help:

    • Improve your understanding of HR subject matter
    • Advance the HR profession
    • Enhance your HR career
    • Assist you in preparation for the PHR & SPHR certification exam

    Click here to learn more about the course. Should you be interested in participating in the class, click here to register.


    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Ridglea Country Club

    3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76116

    Please Note - Ridglea has been 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

    We will hear from both Julie Ross and Julia Gasaway about the Supreme Court during our Legal Update along with Ryan Searles on Active Shooter Response Training during the luncheon hour.

    Click here to learn more about those sessions and to register.


    Are you currently in transition or looking for a new place of employment? If so, the FWHR Job Board is a good resource to find current openings in the field of Human Resources.

    Do you have an opening at your place of business? Simply reach out to the FWHR Office to have the position posted on our Job Board!


    Please welcome our new members this month! If you see them at an upcoming event, say hi and help them feel comfortable and welcomed!

    Lauren Albrecht
    Angelica Burkett
    Alex Conner
    Christal David
    Holly DeBello
    Enrique Delgado
    Shaundrell Fuller
    Kari Gfrorer
    Jeremy Hays
    Tammy Kaufmann
    Trish Lowe
    Paige Lueckemeyer
    Sofia Maldonado
    Shahanshah Manzoor
    Dora Massey
    Donnetta Mays
    D'Mar Phillips
    Lily Picazo
    Lenae Romack
    Shawn Startti
    Sean Turner

    Also, please visit FWHR.org and view our Member Directory. It's the best way to learn more about your colleagues in FWHR. Be sure to update your profile picture while you're logged in! Instructions on how to update your photo can be found here.


    Thank you to July's legal hour and luncheon sponsor, Virtudent!


    Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities with FWHR? We are seeking sponsors for The Strategic Mindset (TSM) conference that will be held in September.

    The 2018 TSM Conference held last September had 200 attendees from various businesses and HR backgrounds. This conference is a full day of learning about new updates as it relates to employment law.

    Take the next step in growing your business and involvement with Fort Worth professionals by clicking here!


    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.