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2022 SAHRMA South Texas HR Symposium February 17-18

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.

Guest Speaker: Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Guest Speaker followed by a Q&A

Ron Nirenberg is the mayor of San Antonio, which has the 7th largest population in the United States and is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities.

Mayor Nirenberg is the first San Antonio Mayor of Asian Pacific Islander descent. His mother is Filipino and his paternal grandparents were immigrants from Eastern Europe who passed through Ellis Island.

Through his personal experiences, Mayor Nirenberg developed a core commitment to civic participation and the universal values of liberty, justice, and equal opportunity for every person.

First elected in 2017, Mayor Nirenberg was re-elected to a third term on May 1, 2021.

Under his leadership as mayor, the city has adopted an equity framework in budgeting to reduce poverty, improve public health, and overcome historical socioeconomic inequality. He is focused on making key investments necessary to accommodate San Antonio’s growth, which is expected to nearly double the city’s population by 2040. This forward-looking approach drives the mayor’s vision of a compassionate community with a globally competitive economy.

Keynote Speaker: Devin C Hughes

Title: Real World HR Strategies to Build Authentic, Inclusive Workplaces that Reflect Our World, Not Our Biases.

Summary of session:

While basic research has shown that diverse and inclusive teams are better at problem-solving and fostering a global outlook, Human Resources professionals still struggle with building strategies for the modern workplace that maximize diversity at all levels. When advanced from a human and humane perspective, diversity challenges can become valuable opportunities for workplace inclusion, increased productivity, stronger team collaboration, and competitiveness amongst your market peers. This session will help Human Resources professionals understand the varying levels of inclusion, understanding D&I concepts and terms, brainstorm how changes to your processes can leverage diversity, and demonstrate how strategic D&I learning can build truly inclusive workplaces. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the prevalence and cost of poor employee well-being and unhealthy culture. 
  • Understand how Positive Psychology and Social-Emotional Intelligence impacts employee performance and organizational health. 
  • Learn key strategies to improve communication and trust throughout your organization.

About our Keynote Speaker: Devin C Hughes is described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Devin teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single day feeling inspired, feel safe at work, and feel fulfilled at the end of the day, Devin is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Read more...

Keynote Speaker: Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP

Title: The Woes of Future Work: Making Sense of Trends Shaping our Tomorrow

Summary of Session: 

HR Leaders globally face a variety of challenges as they seek to navigate today’s ever-changing  professional landscape. Whether it is new or old, many challenges are shaping the way we think of work forever.  During this session, participants will learn how the workforce continues to evolve and what information and skills will be required for HR professionals to excel in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the future of work and the role played by people leaders.
  • Gain a better understanding of how SHRM can accelerate career growth and opportunity.
  • Discuss the macro trends shaping the workplace over the next 10 years.

About our Keynote Speaker: Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer leading research, insights, and innovation functions, as well as the SHRM Foundation. His works have been recognized for their contribution to real-world human capital issues. Read more...

Keynote Speaker: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Title: Culture is King:  Laying a Strong People Foundation for Business Success

Summary of Session:

Even the best-laid strategy will fall short without a healthy workplace culture and strong employee engagement. Learn from the lived experiences of a senior organizational development leader on how to best assess, build and maintain the culture your organization needs to achieve—and exceed—its goals. Be inspired by a case study of an organization that went from having over 50% employee turnover and abysmal employee opinion survey results to winning state and local “Best Place to Work” honors. See firsthand how training and HR can be key drivers in shaping organizational culture and, ultimately, business results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to assess current culture and conduct conversations with senior leaders.
  • Learn how to prepare and implement a plan that drives behaviors that lead to achieving business objectives.
  • Understand how to collect meaningful metrics that demonstrate progress on the plan.

About our Keynote Speaker: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is an Emmy Award-winning comedian, a well-respected senior training professional and performance consultant.  She is a frequently requested speaker on topics of leadership, career management, organizational culture and workplace communications. Read more...

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Waller, PHR, SHRM-CP, CRP

Title of Session: Choose to Lead into the Future!

Summary of Session: There has never been a more important time to lead than today. Our world has changed, but the mission remains the same as we work toward moving leaders to inspire and change the workplace. This session will provide ideas to help you and your team grow in any role, energize you, connect you and move you to inspire your team to see things from a different lens. We will talk about bringing ideas to the workplace, how to get unstuck, ideas to make growth day part of your every day, how to live in gratitude and look at failure in a positive light. Mostly, we will talk about 5 star advice to help you build a brick wall of leadership. It will be energizing and you will leave inspired to be better, and help your team be better and ultimately your organization better which will make a better world for us all!

 Learning Objectives:

 1. Bring Ideas by looking for ideas

 2. Have a growth mindset over a goals mindset

 3. How to challenge leaders in the workplace with grace

 4. Giving and receiving feedback with excellence

About our Speaker: Bruce Waller is the Vice President of Corporate Relocation for Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. Bruce has enjoyed many roles in relocation from operations to general management for over 25 years, and currently arranges services for organizations that need to relocate talent across the US and abroad. Bruce is a former President and Chairman of the Board for DallasHR,  Read more...

Keynote Speakers: Kate Grimaldi and Calvin Sun

Title: Employees as the Driver: Expectations of Employers and How They Work

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how benefits and perks are viewed differently by today's employees, including table stakes that were once differentiators.
  • Hear common reasons behind turnover and what your competitors have to offer.
  • Benefit from lessons Paylocity has learned trying to rapidly grow a diverse workforce while navigating the pandemic.

Kate Grimaldi, Senior Director Talent Management & Human Resources, Paylocity 

Kate joined Paylocity in 2017 and has over 12 years of HR experience. Kate drives strategic enterprise-wide talent initiatives, internal communications, and Employment Brand. Kate also works closely with Paylocity’s C-suite to foster a strong business and Human Resource partnership. She brings a wealth of HR experience from a variety of industries and her passion lies in cultivating an inclusive culture where the modern workforce is holistically supported.  

Calvin Sun, Senior Director Comp Benefits & Talent Analytics, Paylocity

Calvin joined Paylocity in 2019 and has over 10 years’ experience in the HR space specializing in letting data be the driving force behind the what, and why, of a great employee experience. He is extremely passionate about understanding the needs of an organization and identifying innovative solutions to meet those needs in a modern workforce.

Registration Fees

Regular Registration - 1/1/22 - 2/4/22

  • SAHMRA Member: $335.00
  • Non-SAHRMA Member: $435.00
  • SAHRMA Student Member: $75.00
  • Transitioning Service Member: $175.00
  • Military Spouse: $175
  • SAHRMA Member One Day Only: $167.50
  • Non-SAHRMA Member One Day Only: $217.50
  • Transitioning Service Member One Day Only: $87.50
  • Military Spouse One Day Only: $87.50
  • We will offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more for “regular registration”

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Conference At A Glance

Thursday, February 17th                                

Time                                     Event                                                  Location

7:00am - 8:30am                Check-In/Registration                      Lobby    

7:45am - 8:00am                Conference Opening                         Main Ballroom     President/BOD

8:00am - 9:30am                Breakfast & Keynote Speaker           Main Ballroom     Dr. Alex Alonso

9:30am - 6:30pm                Exhibit Hall Open                               Exhibit Hall          

9:30am - 9:50am                Networking Break/Meet the Exhibitors  Exhibit Hall          

9:50am - 10:50am              Concurrent Sessions 1                     

11:00am - 12:00pm            Concurrent Sessions 2                     

12:00pm - 1:00pm              Lunch & Exhibit Hall                             Exhibit Hall       

1:10pm - 2:10pm                Concurrent Sessions 3                     

2:20pm - 3:20pm                Concurrent Sessions 4                     

3:30pm - 4:45pm                Keynote Speaker                                Main Ballroom Devin Hughes

5:00pm - 7:00pm                Networking Social & Silent Auction Exhibit Hall          

                                                                                                                         6.75 credits

Friday, February 18th                                     

Time                                     Event                                                       Location

7:00am - 8:30am                Check-In/Registration             Lobby    

7:45am - 8:00am                Welcome back/Announcements                  Main Ballroom      President/BOD

8:00am -9:00am                 Breakfast & Keynote Speaker                     Main Ballroom     Theresa Hummel

9:10am 10:10am                Concurrent Sessions 5                     

10:00am - 2:30pm              Exhibit Hall Opens                                        Exhibit Hall          

10:20am - 11:20am            Concurrent Sessions 6                     

11:30am - 12:00pm            Lunch in the Main Ballroom                           Main Ballroom    

12:00pm - 1:00pm              Keynote Speaker                                           Main Ballroom     Bruce Waller

1:00pm - 1:30pm                Guest Speaker with Q&A                               Main Ballroom     Mayor Ron Nirenberg

1:30pm - 2:00pm                Networking Break/Meet the Exhibitors           Exhibit Hall          

2:00 PM                              Exhibit Hall Closes/Silent Auction Closes      Exhibit Hall          

2:00pm - 3:00pm                Concurrent Session 7                                                                 Theresa Hummel

3:10pm - 4:10pm                Keynote Speaker                                             Main Ballroom     Paylocity Executive

4:20pm - 4:30pm                Closing Remarks, Silent Auction Winners & Door Prizes  Main Ballroom

                                             6 credits

                                                                                                                             Total credits 12.75

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Keeping YOU safe!

  • The South Texas HR Symposium team will continue to closely monitor the status of COVID and the Delta variant.  We will continue to work with the Norris Conference Centers  to ensure health and safety to provide a worry-free experience.
  • Attendees who have been vaccinated are not required to wear a mask.  If you have not been fully vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask or social distance as appropriate.  Disposable masks will be provided. You are also encouraged to bring your own mask. 
  •  Hand Sanitizing stations will be positioned throughout the conference. Attendees are encouraged to bring your own sanitizer.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or have recently been exposed to COVID close to the event, we ask that you stay home. Please contact or call 210-797-5850 regarding your situation. 


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, 2022. 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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