April General Meeting

  • April 16, 2019
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Abilene Country Club - Oval Dining Room, Second Floor


  • Please select this option if this is your first-ever Big Country SHRM Meeting.

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Please join us for our April monthly Big Country SHRM meeting at Abilene Country Club from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.  *Please Note: We will be in Oval Dining Room on the second floor.*


Topic: Grief in the Workplace: "There's No Crying At Work...Right?"

For many years, employees were told to leave their problems at home when they come to the office. Now the balance has shifted and employers are realizing that if they don’t take care of the whole person then morale and performance can be impacted. Human Resources plays an important role in serving both the needs of the employee and the employer in issues related to grief and mental health. The presentation will focus on what we can do to make the workplace safe for honest emotions without letting it become a distraction.


Without the human, you don’t get the resource. Understand who your coworkers are beyond the work they perform.

Identify stressors and red flags when it comes to emotions. Know when to provide a listening ear or refer to a counselor.

Focus on creating solutions for your employer that serve the needs of both the business and its employees. Learn about the latest trends in benefits related to mental health and bereavement.

Speakers: Justin Doresey, Senior HR Manager at Ben E. Keith Company

  After graduating from Texas Tech in 2004 with a degree in Sociology, Justin attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth to study Marriage and Family Counseling. While attending graduate school, he worked part time at Cellular World in the accounting department. When a position became available in Human Resources it seemed like a much better fit for his background. Thankfully, they took a chance on someone with no experience and he quickly realized how much he enjoyed the profession. Since he lacked formal training in HR, he decided to attend courses at UTA to learn the basics of the role so that he could pursue certification. Cellular World promoted him to HR Manager and then to Director of Human Resources during a five-year period. He then took a position as Director of HR at National HME and is now working as the Senior HR Manager at Ben E. Keith Company. Justin's primary focus is to enhance the candidate and employee experience throughout the lifecycle of their employment. He also gets the opportunity to lead the Corporate office in various employee engagement initiatives such as the AHA Heart Walk and Junior Achievement. From 2017-2018, he was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the President of Fort Worth HR, a local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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