YOUnity Begins with You & Legal Half Hour

  • April 25, 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Denton Convention Center - 3100 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201


  • 2 UNT and 2 TWU students may attend luncheon for free. Registration to be entered by a board member.

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North Texas SHRM Educational Luncheon

Thursday, April 25, 2024: 10:45 am - 1:00 pm CT

Embassy Suites Denton Convention Center

3100 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201

10:45 am to 11:00 am: Check-In

11:00 am - 11:30 am: Legal Presentation

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Speaker Presentation

YOUnity Begins with You

Presented by Ashley Smalley

Unity on a team is crucial if a team is going to reach its goals and enjoy its work. Unity starts with how we use the incredible influence we have on those around us. This message dives deep into practical ways to use that influence to unite rather than divide. It includes things like:

  • Using patience and humility with teammates
  • Working to be a complement rather than a competitor
  • Addressing conflict in a way that makes the team stronger
  • And so much more!

Participants will learn how to:

1. Recognize the need for team unity in order to perform effectively and achieve organizational objectives.

2. Recognize the need for unity in order to improve workplace culture and enjoy working with their teammates.

3. Positively impact relationships with their own personal influence using specific strategies.

Ashley Smalley is the Founder of Smalley Consulting, a Human Resources consulting firm focused on building unity one team at a time. She is a certified human resources professional, a trusted consultant, and an adept facilitator in the workplace learning and development space.

Ashley is a keynote speaker, lover of people, and novice drummer. She has graced national platforms for businesses, service organizations, faith-based and educational institutions, equipping them with the essential skills they need to build stronger teams.

     Legal Presentation by Mary Nix


Onboarding and Offboarding:

Best Practices

Mary Nix, partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, is board certified in employment law. She will provide guidance for developing policies and protocols for smooth transitions of employees – both onboarding and offboarding. Best and worst practices will be discussed, and checklists and handouts will be provided.  Three key take aways:

1 – Best Practices to help an employee be a “good leaver” from his/her prior employment.

2 – How to protect the company when an employee is offboarding and when a new employee is onboarding.

3 – Common “honest” mistakes that attract negative attention and get outside lawyers involved.

Mary is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, and handles complex commercial, employment, franchise, non-compete, and trade secret litigation. Her litigation work involves a variety of industries and both publicly traded and privately held companies. Mary is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is locally and nationally recognized for her employment litigation skills. Mary is frequently called upon to assist companies when key employees move between competitors. In her work related to confidential information and trade secret protection, she advocates for clients who need urgent assistance to protect their confidential information, trade secrets and other intellectual property assets.

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This program has been approved for 1.0 SHRM PDC.  North Texas SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information, visit the SHRM certification website at

This program has been approved for 1.5 General recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, or SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

North Texas SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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