Join Us In 2022 SAHRMA South Texas HR Symposium February 17

The South Texas Human Resources Symposium (STXHRS) is the leading educational event for Human Resource Professionals in the Central and South Texas areas. Symposium participants represent the full spectrum of HR disciplines and experience - they work for small organizations and Fortune 100 companies. They represent public, private, and governmental sectors, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Earn Certification Hours

February 25, 2021 APPROVED for 7 Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and for 7 Recertification Credit through HRCI

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2021 Keynote Speakers

Jill Christensen

If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement

Organizations in the top tier of employee engagement outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share and have a 90% better growth trend than their competition. However, only 36% of U.S. workers are engaged, which means the vast majority sleepwalk through the day giving you zero discretionary effort.

How do you inspire employees to get off the sidelines and get into the game, so you can successfully navigate the new frontier of work? Author of the best-selling book, If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, Jill has uncovered a proven strategy to turn disengaged workers into a unified high-performing team, resulting in increased revenue, customer satisfaction, and employee productivity and retention. Priceless.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • Insights into why traditional approaches to employee engagement don’t work.
  • Tactics to engage senior leaders and managers in employee engagement.
  • A proven strategy that you can apply immediately to re-engage employees.
  • Clarity on next steps and inspiration to achieve their goals.

Jill’s Book: Is available for all attendees for $10 per copy or 50% off retail. This price includes shipping a signed copy directly to everyone’s home address.

Pete Smith

  Dare to Matter: Charting the Path to Significance

  2020 has forced us, willingly or not, to become adaptable, stay hopeful, and remain diligent in fulfilling our commitments. This    year has made some question their desires, reevaluate their motivators, and become more resourceful than ever. How do we    stay grounded in what we value while adapting to this new frontier?

 We know that companies want high performance, desired results, and a major impact. They also want to improve their       competitive advantage while remaining true to their mission, vision and values. Technological advancements, a diverse   employee base, and a leadership void can bring disruption to a company, and the companies that will thrive won’t be solely   focused on success. Rather, they will share one common objective: to relentlessly pursue significance.

  At the conclusion of this presentation, the attendees will:

  1. Increase ownership, accountability, and responsibility of self and others

  2. Implement a behavioral model that builds trust, impacts hiring, and strengthens relationships

  3. Identify why “guts and grind” are keys to success in calm and chaos. Read more...

About Pete Smith...

2021 Guest Speakers

CJ Petitt


Title: Workplace Mental Health

Learning Objectives:

1) We will learn how to recognize when employees are in crisis

2) We will learn about mental health (and community services) for employers

3) We will learn when it's time to intervene and get help for employees

4) We will learn how to safely intervene and maintain self care as HR professionals.

Jacqueline Kuhn

            Title: Talent Management in a Remote Work World    

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify talent management metrics and competencies that are increasingly relevant in a remote work environment.

2. Understand how to adjust the configuration of existing talent management systems to capture metric/competency-related data.

3. Understand how specific remote work-related competencies have an impact on businesses and organizations.

4. Be able to pitch relevant talent management changes as appropriate within your organization to better adapt to your organization's unique remote work structure.           

Rodney Klein


Title: What You Should Be Telling Your Managers About the ADA, But May Not Be        

Learning Objectives:

1) learn how the ADA interacts with the hiring process

2) to learn about qualification standards under the ADA

3) to understand the manager's role in reasonable accommodations

4) to learn practical tips for managing employees with disabilities"            

Devin C Hughes



Title: Mission Possible: Inclusive Leadership         

Learning Objectives:

1. Generate new ideas for developing an inclusive mindset

2. Develop strategies for creating an inclusive culture within organizations and implementing those strategies

3. Identify new approaches to increase productivity at work through an inclusive team

4. Improve working relationships at all levels within the organization       

Mindy Spigel


Title: Leading Effective Meetings              

Learning Objectives:

1) Assess the need for a meeting, appreciating its cost to the organization

2) Plan a well organized meeting, generating an effective agenda

3) Conduct a productive and efficient meeting, facilitating group process and problem solving

4) Evaluate the effectiveness of the meeting in terms of accomplishing objectives AND facilitating members feelings of involvement.      


Cancellation Policy: Registration fees are non-refundable and cannot be applied to other events. Registration may be transferred to another person at the same organization if change is requested in writing prior to January 30, 2021. Request for transfer must be submitted via email to If transferring to another individual, higher registration fees may apply if membership level is different. Companies paying registrations by company check reserve the right to transfer registration to another current employee. Registration fee will be based on individual's membership status.

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