Lessons from the Wild & Legal Half Hour

  • July 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.


North Texas SHRM Educational Luncheon

Thursday, July 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

Lessons from the Wild

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Speaker Presentation

Presented by Beverly Parker

I am a member of the Appalachian Trail Class of 2020. One of my favorite presentations, “Lessons from the Wild” draws on the valuable life lessons I learned on the trail and applies them to my workplace experiences.

A few of the learning objectives of my presentation included ways to utilize expectations of a goal, recovering from disappointment, and keys to maximize endurance, accomplishment, and continuous growth. These themes of disappointment, endurance, and revival were crucial to completing my hike down the Appalachian Trail, and have forever impacted the way I approach my career and life in general.

Beverly Parker

More than 15 years of experience recruiting potential candidates in the fields of Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources has taught me how to identify high-quality talent. My experience paired with my passion for matching the right candidates with top employers has led me to work and volunteer with many great organizations, including Fort Worth HR, Midcities HR, Financial Additions, HR Additions, DallasHR, and my current employer, Ideal Partners.

I’m passionate about bolstering a strong sense of community, especially within the DFW metroplex. Besides my love of networking and expanding my professional community, I take pride in volunteering for Blue Zones, an organization dedicated to improving the Fort Worth community as a whole.

I strive to lead by example and inspire others to reach their fullest potential. I believe servant leadership is the most impactful form of leadership; I endeavor to act with grace, humility, and kindness. It is this commitment that compels me to bring my best self to every situation, both in and out of the workplace.

     Legal Presentation by John Hagan


John is an HR lawyer who represents employers and HR professionals. He has been practicing for 25 years. He is both a counselor to HR professionals and trial lawyer who defends them. He is past president of DallasHR, Mid Cities HR and Collin County. He is presently serving as Vice President of Programs at NTSHRM. His wife is a big-time federal prosecutor and both of their son are Eagle Scouts.

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 www.shrmcertification.org.

This program has been approved for 1.0 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.

HR Certification Institute’s® (www.HRCI.org) official seal confirms that North Texas SHRM meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

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