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Monthly meeting with two morning sessions and a luncheon presentation.

When: Thursday, August 8
9:15 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: IMPACT Coaching – Teaching HR Leaders to Help Others Reach Their Goals Through Self-Reflection*
10:30 am
Morning Program 2: Digital Forensics for HR Departments*
11:30 am
Afternoon Check In & Networking
12:00 pm
Luncheon Program: Cooking Up a New Recipe for Company Communications*

MORNING PROGRAM 1: IMPACT Coaching – Teaching HR Leaders to Help Others Reach Their Goals Through Self-Reflection*

Presented by Cheryl Frankeny, PhD, Owner, MP Systems 

Have you heard the buzz words, "waking people up"? What exactly does that mean for you as an HR professional? You are in charge of helping others know what they want and how to get it, but exactly how does that happen? We help you answer these questions and more through IMPACT coaching--the art of harnessing self-reflection..

CHERYL FRANKENY is the owner and principal consultant for MPS LLC. She has 16 years of consulting experience. She specializes in organizational and individual performance consulting which targets strategic planning, executive and leadership team development, organizational and cultural alignment, change management, talent management, succession planning, facilitation, team building, hiring/selection practices, and assessment techniques. She has worked on assignments nationally and internationally involving a wide range of employees & workers, front-line supervisors, managers, and executives. She has worked with numerous companies (including Chevron, BP, Conoco, Phillips 66, CITGO, Allegiance Bank, Nynas, Sunoco, LyondellBasell, NCI, Riviana Foods, Powell Industries, and other global and mid-sized companies) facilitating, coaching, assessing, designing developmental paths, and training.

MORNING PROGRAM 2: Digital Forensics for HR Departments**

Presented by Noel Kersh, EnCe, Principal, Pathway Forensics

Noel Kersh has performed digital forensics for more than 15 years, and has found the "smoking digital gun" in labor, litigation and HR matters across the state.  In this interactive presentation, he will share the story of how prudent HR departments are taking a proactive approach when it comes to protecting IP and other sensitive data.

NOEL KERSH is a Principal of Pathway Forensics. He has extensive experience in conducting digital forensics acquisitions and analysis on a variety of cases involving business and employment disputes, compliance with discovery requests, family law, harassment, in-house investigations for large corporations, copyright infringement and criminal cases. He also has handled large-scale e-discovery matters.  Prior to joining Pathway, Noel helped lead two initiatives to receive a distinguished laboratory accreditation given by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). This accreditation demonstrates that a computer forensics laboratory's operating standards meet quality standards set by ASCLD/LAB. Accreditation criteria include personnel, technical procedures, equipment and physical facilities. Noel has also provided audit services to labs seeking ASCLD/LAB accreditation.  Noel has provided expert testimony by deposition, affidavit and at trial on matters involving computer forensics. Noel is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), and member of the High Technology Investigation Association (HTCIA). Noel is a licensed Private Investigator by the State of Texas.

Luncheon presentation: Cooking Up a New Recipe for Company Communications*

Presented by Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC, HGT, Executive Chef, River Oaks Country Club and Thomas Preuml, CCM, Chief Operating Officer, Houston Racquet Club

Are you interested in learning about a tool that provides an opportunity to inspire, educate, and enrich your company culture? Is it challenging to communicate information to the entire company? Are your emails being read? How often do your employees hear from senior management announcing exciting developments, recognizing special achievements, or communicating company values? Come learn how a Houston company has adopted a communication system that is paying dividends in employee engagement and enriched culture. Join Charles Carroll, the Executive Chef at River Oaks Country Club, and Thomas Preuml, Chief Operating Officer, Houston Racquet Club, as they talk about the project and the results they have experienced.

CHEF CHARLES CARROLL is an award-winning chef who travels the world speaking on championship thinking and personal greatness. The past-president of the World Association of Chefs Societies, he's been lauded by five U.S. presidents for his work with U.S. troops abroad. A luminary of the Culinary Olympics held every four years in Germany, he is currently the executive chef of Houston's prestigious River Oaks Country Club.

THOMAS PREUML, CCM - Houston Racquet Club’s Chief Operating Officer, is originally from Austria, where he was classically trained as a Chef. He earned his culinary degree in 1983 and came to Houston in 1984. After working in many facets of the hospitality industry he became the General Manager of the Metropolitan Club in Denver, Colorado in 1999. He returned to Houston in 2002 and continued with the same company for another five years before becoming the General Manager of the Houston Racquet Club on September 9, 2008. His first week on the job included the stock market taking a nose-dive, and Hurricane Ike. He has since been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

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) credits towards PHR and SPHR recertification requirements.

**Submitted to SHRM for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) towards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP and to HR Certification Institute for Business credits 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 not be eligible for a refund. 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

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