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Monthly meeting with two morning sessions and a luncheon presentation.

When: Thursday, June 13
8:45 am-1:30 pm (check-in opens at 8:45 am)
Where: Crowne Plaza
7611 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas  77024
United States

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Pre-registration and pre-payment is highly encouraged; we cannot guarantee space for walk-ins.  Onsite registration offered on a space available basis - see below for detailed pricing.
8:45 am
Morning Check In & Networking
9:15 am
Morning Program 1: Transactional Analysis for Effective Workplace Communication*
10:30 am
Morning Program 2: Talk Saves Lives*
11:30 am
Afternoon Check In & Networking
12:00 pm
Luncheon Program: UpSkill Houston: Addressing Houston's Two Gap Challenge*

MORNING PROGRAM 1: Transactional Analysis for Effective Workplace Communication*

Presented by Annette Monks, CTS, President, Carlton Staffing / Carltech and Cindy Jennings, Vice President, Carlton Staffing / Carltech

Transactional Analysis, a human behavior theory developed by Dr. Eric Berne, can be used to address a person's interactions and communication.  Awareness of the different Ego states and recognizing them when in dialogue, can neutralize conflict and confrontation and lead to more productive, less emotional conversations.  In this session attendees will learn about the three Ego States, how to recognize them in themselves and others, and how to use this information to create more productive communication in the workplace and beyond.

ANNETTE MONKS is the President of Carlton Staffing, a Texas based full service staffing company.  Additionally, Annette serves in the community in a variety of roles.  She is currently the Chair of the Executive Women’s Partnership at the Greater Houston Partnership and Chair of The Health Museum, in addition to serving on other non-profit Boards.    Annette often speaks to groups on subjects related to sales, leadership and communication which include: Greater Houston Partnership, The Professional Group, Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants, Texas Staffing Association, Christian Community Service Center, Texas Bay Area SHRM and Dress for Success.

CINDY JENNINGS, Vice President for Carlton Staffing and Carltech, is responsible for recruiting and the professional development of internal staff, overseeing service delivery, program development, quality and compliance.  She designs and conducts training programs and has been privileged to be a guest trainer at several clients. Cindy is a past president of the Texas Association of Staffing and past chair of the HR Houston Legislative Action Committee.  She is an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of The Professional Group.

MORNING PROGRAM 2: Talk Saves Lives*

Presented by Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal, PhD, Director of Wellness, University of Houston

An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

DR. PATRICK LUKINBEAL serves as the Director of UH Wellness within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the College of Education, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Masters of Education in Counseling program.  He also received his Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, both from Texas A&M University.  He has several years of progressive experience in various higher education capacities, including wellness and well-being, residence life, conduct and student activities. Previous to UH, he worked at Rice University, Georgetown University, and Texas A&M University. On a national level, he is actively involved in NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) serving as the Educational Events Coordinator for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community, and has served as a past national co-chair of the NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community. He is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council of Behavioral Health, and serves on the board of the Southeast Texas Chapter for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.   In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling the world, listening to music, Crossfit, and finding excuses to explore the great state of Texas.

Luncheon presentation: UpSkill Houston: Addressing Houston's Two Gap Challenge*

Lunch with a Leader: Peter Beard, JD, SVP, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership

Houston confronts a two-gap challenge:  the Skills Gap whereby people lack the skills they need for the careers industry offers; and the People Gap whereby employers cannot find the workers they need, when and where they need them. UpSkill Houston works with collaboratives of employers to build the pipeline of skilled talent they need to grow their businesses.

PETER BEARD serves as Senior Vice President for Regional Workforce Development at the Greater Houston Partnership where he leads the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative – a business led effort that creates collaborative workforce solutions with employers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and the public workforce system. He also serves as faculty for US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy which trains state and local leaders, business associations, employers, and economic development agencies to use a demand-driven, employer-led approach that can drive partnerships with their education and training providers.

Credit Hours

*Submitted to SHRM for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) towards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP and to HR Certification Institute for HR (General credit) towards PHR and SPHR recertification requirements.

The chapter is recognized by SHRM as a Preferred Provider and all sessions so identified offer PDCs towards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. The chapter has also been designated as a provider of HRCI-approved recertification credit. All sessions so identified may be used to meet HRCI recertification requirements.

Payment & Terms

Pricing reflects ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION RATES below. *ONSITE REGISTRATION is offered on a space available basis and will incur an additional $5.00 fee per individual registrant.


HR Houston Member

  • Morning Program $25.00
  • Morning & Lunch Program $50.00
  • Lunch Program Only $35.00

HR Houston Student Member

  • Morning Program $10.00
  • Morning & Lunch Program $10.00
  • Lunch Program Only $10.00


  • Morning Program $35.00
  • Morning & Lunch Program $60.00
  • Lunch Program Only $45.00

Click here for a fax registration form; fax the completed form to 713.783.6190 by 12:00 noon on the Tuesday before the meeting, space permitting.

Reservations and Cancellations must be made by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the meeting. Members and non-members with reservations who do not attend will be billed $35.  There is a $25 service charge for returned checks. If you have any questions, please contact HR Houston at 713.426.2646 or email


Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email 24 hours before the event with additional information about parking. If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact HR Houston at 713.426.2646 or email

P.O. Box 4240
Houston, TX 77210-4240