Past President Panel - Pandemic Discussion

  • 13 Jul 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Via Zoom or In Person at Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216


APPROVED for Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and Pending approval for Recertification Credit through HRCI


Past President Panel - Pandemic Discussion

Program Description

This session will consist of six SAHRMA past presidents who are all still highly devoted to advancing the HR profession and giving back to the HR community. They will each share some valuable lessons learned through the past year of the pandemic and present key takeaways. There will be discussions around Talent Acquisition and Retention, Employment Law, Company Culture, Changing Work Environment, and much more!

Learning Objectives:

1. Talent Acquisition & Retention: attendees will learn how adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working is crucial to building a resilient operating-model.

2. After learning about landing a job in the middle of the chaos we are experiencing, attendees will be able to provide three key points that will help in obtaining a job opportunity.

Those points are:

  • Being a professional and maintaining the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the profession.
  • Establishing, maintaining and ensuring you have a professional network.
  • Making a difference in people’s lives and providing them with opportunities. In other words, paying  it forward by being a mentor and coach to your friends, associates, colleagues and co-workers.

3. Attendees will learn and be able to apply strategies to sustain, adapt, renew, and emerge stronger

4. Attendees will learn how to adapt to a changing work environment

Panel of Speakers: 

Otis L. Scott Jr.                                                                                                  

Otis L. Scott, Jr., best know to most as Scotty has served this great nation in the United States Air Force, the community at CPS Energy and the next generation going into the work force at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He now serves as the Business Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Edwards Aquifer Authority, where he continues to make an impact in the community and for the environment. Having served in many different HR roles for SHRM Texas State Council, SAHRMA, Texas Diversity Council, he continues to give back and also serves in the community on the Braination Charter School Board, San Antonio Master Leadership Program DE&I Committee, Dominion Rotary Club, LUNA Awards Committee, SAMA Marketing Committee and many others. He is a life-time member of SHRM, Air Force Sergeants Association and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the country, state and community that we all strive to make a difference in for the next generation.


Tiffany Cox Stacy - Employment Lawyer       

Ms. Cox Stacy is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She represents local to international employers of all sizes and across a variety of industries, dividing her time between advice and counsel on personnel matters and the defense of employment law claims before administrative agencies and in federal and state court.  Ms. Cox Stacy strives to develop a close, productive relationship with her clients, so they feel comfortable in regularly consulting with her to minimize the risk of future litigation.  But, when litigation ensues, Ms. Cox Stacy quickly assumes the role of a skilled advocate, working in collaboration with her clients to ensure the best possible and most cost effective outcome that aligns with her clients’ directives and business needs.  She recognizes the importance of understanding her clients’ businesses, their needs, and their risks as fundamental to their effective working relationship and positive outcomes.  Ms. Cox Stacy also prides herself in providing prompt, responsive feedback and guidance, recognizing the time constraints under which her clients are operating and striving to make their jobs a little less stressful.

Barbara Bentley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP                  

Barbara Bentley is the Chief Talent Officer at Catto & Catto, Inc., an independent insurance agency.  Barb’s 30 year HR career has included generalist and specialist roles in a variety of industries including insurance, financial services, mutual funds, chemical manufacturing, and a law firm.  She’s worked in large corporations, an ESOP, and small to mid-size companies, in Texas, Washington, and Colorado.  She has served in an HR leadership role since 1999 focusing on talent acquisition, employee relations, development, and engagement & culture. 

Barb earned her bachelor’s degree in Business/HR from Western Washington University, her MBA in management from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP professional designations. 

Barb teaches the SHRM-CP prep course for the HR capstone course at Trinity University and looks forward to expanding her affiliation with Trinity and supporting future HR professionals.

A member of SHRM since 1996 and member of SAHRMA for over 10 years, Barb served as SAHRMA President in 2017.

Rebecca Madere, SHRM-SCP, PHR  

Rebecca Madere has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources and is a Senior Certified Professional in human resources (SHRM-SCP) and PHR. She has in-depth experience in all facets of Human Resources to include but not limited to strategic planning, talent acquisition & retention, employee relations, budget & forecasting, learning & development, policy development, compensation & benefits, culture & engagement, workforce planning, performance management, safety & health, and organizational development. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resources Management.  She has been an active member of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association for 28 years.  She previously served as the Board of Directors Secretary, VP of Membership, President-Elect and President in 2001.

Jeri L. George, M. Ed., SHRM-CP/TA, PHR

Jeri George currently serves as the CHRO for AVANCE-San Antonio, Inc. She is also currently employed as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity University in the School of Business and serves as the Director of Certification for Texas SHRM. Additionally, Jeri is an Authorized OSHA General Industry Trainer. Previously, she served as the 2018 Board President for SAHRMA.

Jeri is an expert in policies and procedures that form best practices in the administration of HR. She advises businesses (both in-house and clients) on various federal laws and regulations as they pertain to an array of HR related functions. Jeri also recommends and implements proper procedures and policies and takes appropriate action to protect and encourage business growth. She provides optimal solutions when things go awry in the business for the employer and employees.

Niki Belmares

Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SAHRMA Member registration - $30
Non-Member registration $40
SAHRMA Student $10


Grilled Chicken Cannelloni

Rolls with butter,

Dessert, freshly brewed iced tea 

and water station

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