Archive for 2013

Distinguished Lecture Series

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I was so excited at the turnout of the launch of our Distinguished Lecture Series!    We wanted to explore the mindset(s) of the executives who actually guide the hiring process at their various companies.    They were frank, honest and sincere in sharing.   Since this was our first time at a lecture, we were told to cross fingers and hope for 75 at the most.   More than 130 people paid their dollars to hear these experts speak and left with the question:  When is the next one? The ‘next one’ will take place in 2014, but in the meantime, I hope readers of this blog will take advantage of the advice many of our HR leaders videotaped for us. Click Here to take a look at advice from LEAD HR Executives.

The Experts Speak

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Not only will LEAD candidates get to hear feedback from panel interviewers, the communities of the world wide web will get an inside glimpse of what Human Resources executives say about resume preparation, attire, interviewing techniques.  Members of North Texas LEAD’s Human Resources Executives Network agreed to spend an afternoon responding to questions most job seekers seldom get to pose to the HR policy makers who actually drive the hiring process.  “It’s no surprise to hear frustration from job seekers who invest hundreds of dollars for coaching, resume revamping and other forms of job search assistance,” says LEAD’s President and Executive Director, Gyna Bivens.    Although LEAD can’t provide one-on-one coaching with all members of the HR Execs, Bivens says they can share some of the tips provided by the pros on the organization’s website.  Bivens also says an event featuring LEAD’s HR Execs is being scheduled for August.  “It will be open to LEAD candidates and to the public as well.”

Participating in “The Experts Speak” series at are the following HR leaders:

Riz Chand, Chief Human Resource Officer, BNSF Railway

Thomas Dallam, Vice President of Human Resources, DFW International Airport

Ricardo Coronado Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Tarrant County College District

Mark Morales, Vice President of Strategic Workforce Planning, Texas Health Resources

Peggy Freeby, Human Resource Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Bob Diers, Senior Employment Recruiter, Sabre Holdings


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Expanding the Vision

Friday, October 4th, 2013

More than 100 people attended the launch of LEAD’s Distinguished Lecture Series.  LEAD staff took suggestions from successful candidates and packaged those specific ideas into the series.  “The idea of hearing from the actual policy makers who guide the hiring process was quite powerful,” according to Gyna M. Bivens, LEAD’s President and Executive Director.  The audience for this professional development lecture included Vice Presidents of some of LEAD’s biggest employers.   HR Vice Presidents who shared their insight into the hiring process was:  Riz Chand (BNSF Railway); Ricardo Coronado (Tarrant County College District) and Thomas Dallam (DFW International Airport).  Ken Reeves, VP HR Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCA was the keynote speaker and joined the panelists as well.  Fort Worth Star Telegram Bob Ray Sanders moderated the panel.