FWHR Newsletter 
Issue 8


FWHR Monthly News, Events, and Updates

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The Strategic Mindset conference is right around the corner and we're celebrating our tenth year! Join us for our annual, all-day conference that focuses on strategy and delivers seven business credits for holders of both HRCI and SHRM certifications. The value of the conference comes from its speakers, each knowledgeable and experienced in their professions, offering to share their expertise with you. Their insight will help you become your company's topnotch business partner. Learn from them and your peers as we celebrate a decade of strategic development at our 2019 TSM.

Jon Evans

President, FWHR

The conference is being held on September 13th, 2019 at the Amon Carter Center in Fort Worth. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn and socialize with other HR professionals!

Headline speakers will tackle a number of topics including:

  • Cyber-Security Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Planning and Accountability Tools
  • Creating an Ethical Workplace
  • Leadership Programs
  • Implementing an HRIS System
  • Global Trends

Click here to learn more and register!

Member Spotlight: Danyelle Ackall

#FWHR interviewed Danyelle Ackall for this edition of our member spotlight. Danyelle is an instructor for the Neeley School of Business at TCU and a longstanding member of FWHR. Learn more about her below!

Q: Describe your current role at TCU.

A: For the 2019-2020 school year I'll be teaching our new freshman seminar for pre-business majors. We hope to teach new students how to think beyond the traditional 'memorize and regurgitate' learning they were used to in high school.

Q: How did you discover Fort Worth HR?

A: I joined FWHR in October of 1998 after I was handed personnel responsibilities for our manufacturing facility. I contacted SHRM to find a local chapter for guidance and information. The programming and support from FWHR was much appreciated as I started out in the profession.

Q: What's your favorite part about being a member of Fort Worth HR?

A: The education opportunities are wonderful! When HRCI changed the SPHR re-certification requirements, we quickly put together The Strategic Mindset conference to answer that need. Leading that initiative and first conference was a privilege for me.

Q: The HR world has changed dramatically in the past few years. What have you experienced, and how do you expect it to evolve in the future?

A: Although the language has changed, the call for HR professionals to have more business knowledge continues to be on the lips of business leaders. Limiting one's education to an HR focus may prevent you from advancing into senior management.

Q: What advice would you give to those interested in a career in HR?

A: Get a management degree and experience in operations before you move into HR. You'll be thankful for the knowledge!

Q: What's your favorite animal and why?

A: That's tough. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats at home. I could never pick one over the other!

Q: If you could allow or forbid one thing at work, what would it be?

A: Since I work with college students every day, I'd forbid the really short shorts our coeds favor. No one but a proctologist should see that many butt cheeks in one day!

Q: What books are you currently reading?

A: I usually have 3 or 4 in progress. I'm trying to finish Michelle Obama's Becoming. I'm reviewing a book on curriculum theory, and I just finished Jana Deleon's last book in the Miss Fortune series.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: Lifelong learning. No matter your formal education level, you should continue to increase your knowledge. This applies to your professional pursuits and general knowledge, like current political issues. Go beyond the headlines and seek to understand the 'why' behind the click bait.

Q: If you could go back in time, what's the best piece of advice you'd give yourself?

A: Don't stress about trying to learn every legal tidbit you can imagine about HR. If you are fair and consistent, you rarely go wrong. Employees know less about employment law than you do, so do the right thing and don't sweat the details!

Emerging HR Professional of the Month: Zulema Arriaga, SHRM-CP

Zulema Arriaga is #FWHR's Emerging HR Professional of The Month for August. She has a degree in Communication Studies at TCU and most recently earned her SHRM-CP certification in February! Zulema is an HR Generalist and has recently transitioned from the healthcare industry to supply chain management. She decided to pursue a career in HR after spending 2 years in recruiting. "Though recruiting is a part of HR, I wanted to transition into a more supportive role for employees where I could build deeper connections."

We asked Zulema how she found FWHR: "My former VP of HR is Laura Bustamante. She has been a great role-model and she believes in developing her team. I found the organization through her and I am so glad I joined! I've made some great connections through FWHR! #networking"

Family is a huge part of Zulema's life so when she's not working she likes to spend time with friends and family. She has a shih tzu named Lola and a niece named Luna. "I will admit I get their names confused sometimes since they are so similar, but they both answer to each others names!"

The last thing we asked Zulema was for a fun fact about herself: "I make paper flowers! You know the ones people use for backdrops or room decorating? Check out my Instagram page @paperflowersbyzuly"

Thanks to Zulema for being our Emerging HR Professional of the month!

Isaac Stolar
Newsletter, FWHR

Notable Quotables

Pictured above is Ryan Searies, a civilian and law enforcement active-shooter response instructor. Ryan discussed active-shooter scenarios and shared crucial information with attendees to help condition their minds and bodies to these stressful situations.

Hugo Lobos-Valle had this to say:

"Ryan's active shooter response training was very insightful, enlightening, and heartfelt."

Important takeaways from the active shooter response training:

  • Avoid - Know your EXIT's, Leave Personal items, Leave the area if possible, and call 911
  • Interdict - Turn off lights, lock and barricade the doors, remain quiet
  • Defend - Remember, "challenge" is the last resort, there's power in numbers, be aggressive


    Thank you to our August Luncheon sponsor, Hays Company!


    Fall 2019 Prep Class for the PHR / SPHR Exam

    Our Fall Certification course is now open for registration! Please click the link to learn more about our upcoming classes!


    Sandra Overstreet is our scholarship winner for the Fall 2019 S/PHR prep class!

    Applicants had to submit an essay describing their experience in the HR profession, how certification will enhance their career, and how the scholarship will move them toward their career goals.

    Being a part of the prep class allows candidates to make great new connections and learn from others. Please congratulate Sandra when you see her!


    On Saturday, October 19th from 10:00am - 1:00pm, FWHR will be volunteering in Quality Control at Tarrant Area Food Bank for the 6th year in a row. Please join us and help Tarrant Area Food Bank know the generosity of FWHR.

    Click here to learn more about this opportunity and register!


    Each year FWHR recognizes two individuals for their dedication and contribution to the HR profession and the community. This year we will be recognizing those individuals at our very first November evening celebration!

    Click here to place your nominations for HR Professional of the Year.

    Click here to vote for the Emerging HR Professional of the Year.


    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!

    Mary Alvarado
    Edward Angel
    Alicia Bayle
    Angela Brown
    Jillian Crawford
    Leann Day
    Jill Dunnam
    Donna Green
    Hugo Lobos-Valle
    Lindsay McEvoy
    Helen McPherson
    Traci Reilly

    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.

    Congratulations to Hugo Lobos-Valle who won a brand new pair of AirPods from our sponsor, Hays Company at his very first luncheon!


    With nearly 600 members and 500 businesses, FWHR is an ideal place to reach professionals of all types. FWHR now provides two avenues of advertising your company or an upcoming event.

    Click here 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.