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Megan Hottman, The of Golden Colorado, is fueled by something out there...maybe the Coors. She brought her energy to Fort Worth last week for her first keynote speaking opportunity (and first Picture of the Week) during the Women Influencing Business' Best Workplaces for Women Awards luncheon at City Club. A wow, wow, wow debut. She became a solo practitioner so she could set her hours. She's not afraid to say "No" to have more me time. Her workplace has an in-house cycling studio. And, she challenges: "What are your (work) non-negotiables?" The luncheon was sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business.

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The 19th hole: Sure wish the Chamber had more money. What would more moolah mean? The extra dough could be used to order Dean & DeLuca foods to be served by the great Colonial chefs and sous-es at the Chamber's annual golf preview luncheon. The Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club is May 23-29. The annual Colonial Preview Luncheon, presented by Ciera Bank, is May 17 and sold out. Lance Barrow, producer for CBS' golf and NFL coverage, will interview PGA star Ryan Palmer. Boss Miserly Mistress did offer up a seat for two B2B Insider readers to the lunch and every attendee also gets one daily ticket to the tournament.

More than Coping:
There is nothing more touching, more intimate, more real than the powerful first-person stories during the annual Stars in Recovery luncheon of Recovery Resource Council. The 18th edition of Stars in Recovery, May 18th at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, features William Cope Moyers, the son of broadcaster Bill Moyers. For two decades, William Cope, Hazelden Betty Ford's Vice President of Public Affairs has been dedicated to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. He has an intimate personal understanding of addiction and recovery and is the author of Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery (2012). Two readers can hear his story thanks to Cory Henderson.
This offer is Spam: "We eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot." That's a line from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The play -- Spamalot -- won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is at Casa Mañana June 4-12. In a clever promotion, Casa ran a Spam recipe contest with the Star-Telegram  to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Spam Picadillo and Rice-Stuffed Pepper was selected to compete against celebrity chefs in the ultimate Spam Jam on opening night. Thanks to Lizz and Laura, you'll be there for all the hamming June 4.

Everywhere a sign: One day, a bored Roger Carroll, owner of Cowtown Graphics & Signs, went to a big downtown building and counted the signs. More than 2,100. Took him all day, including the time he was detained by security. The moral of the story is don't count your signs. Let Roger do it. He also can produce all 2,100 signs in that one building, and signs for you, your neighbors and their neighbors.  In between counting and working, he'll produce this 3-foot by 5-foot, one-sided, four-color banner for your business.

Congratulations to May 4 Prize Winners:
  • Amber Fogelman, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital
  • April Dalton, Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Erin Vader, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Steve Peglar, Whitney Smith Co.
  • Chris Gebhardt, Lackland Security

Shared avocation: Hana Laurenzo of Teneo Linguistics Company is a child advocate. Husband Dave of Synergy HomeCare DFW originally volunteered when she couldn't share the great work she was doing because of confidentiality laws. Hana says judges "really listen" to what advocates suggest in family court matters. Volunteering, she says, "is gratifying; you can really change a life."

Singing the Blues: Have you noticed the Blue Zones Project ads in B2B Insider? Last week's featured Chamber Big Boss Bill (BBB), the bourgeoisie of BBQ, who is a full-fledged, certified Power9 Plant Slant. The Chamber website includes a Blue Zones page with highlights of the program, approved work sites and restaurants, and explanation of Power9s.

Wanna work here? Wouldn't you figure the Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains would be a great workplace for women? It is, according to the Chamber's Women Influencing Business (WIB) program. The group selected its bi-annual honorees for Best Workplaces for Women Awards and the Girl Scouts won for medium-sized business (51-200 employees). Among other things, cookie monster judges called it "a health-conscious organization." Branding/advertising guru Balcom Agency was named tops among small businesses (1-50 employees); the large category business winner was Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, which has a child care facility and offers transition and counseling assistance.

Speaking of which...: The Chamber's Women Influencing Business is no more ... ta-da.  Going forward it has been re-named Women's Insight Network to better reflect its mission and goals. The new name peaks to the importance of personal networking and peer-to-peer insights gained through it on the way to personal and professional goals.

Up & down date-ing: Those of you fearful of Friday the 13th can be assuaged by monthologist John Fletcher pointing out that Sunday is Chocolate Chip Day. Enjoy!

Will work for pay:
Recent Fort Worth ISD grads are job searching and if you have entry-level work, the ISD and Chamber have free registration and booth for you at the Hiring Fair 2016. It's June 9 from 1-to-4 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Click here to register.

Another new boss: Is it Mr. B to blame? Dee Kelly of Kelly Hart & Hallman is gone and Mark Nurdin of Bank of Texas is the new bigger boss than Bill...Chairman of the Chamber board. Wonder if he can last more than a year? Mark would probably bring some money with him, but Vice Chair Allyson Baumeister of CliftonLarsonAllen CPAs probably is auditing the bottom line. New to the board are Michael Appleman, Cantey Hanger; Marianne Auld, Kelly Hart & Hallman; John Avila, Thos S. Byrne; John Black, Merrill Lynch; Robert Briggs, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty; JJ Cawelti, Bell Helicopter; Brian Happel, BBVA Compass; John Jarrett, Jetta Operating Co.; Pat McDowell, Jones Lang LaSalle; Lisa Rettew, Luther King Capital Management; and Wyntress Ware, Ware & Associates.

Kudos: Troy Hopson, HR generalist for Charter Communications, is winner of the Chamber's Job Links EXCELerator Business of the Year Award for 2015. "I figured everyone would vote for themselves," said Troy, obviously surprised he had more than one vote. "I'm glad I'm not shaking too badly." The story of his plaque, however, was a bit shakier. Despite repeated assurances, it wasn't available in time. So last year's winner, Jake Richter of Edward Jones, raced back to his office, grabbed his plaque and was back in time for it to play stand-in for Troy's presentation.

"We reward hard work, honesty and ethics. ... no matter your hire date."

                                                -- Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County D.A.
Wordsmith: Since her TCU MBA days, Controller Sarah Webb of Broadie's Aircraft has been interested in "Crucial Conversations." Last week, she spoke during a Chamber luncheon at Joe T. Garcia's. She used this example of a Don't / Do statement to fix a misunderstanding: "I don't want you to think you aren't pulling your weight; I think you do hard work. I DO have some concerns about your taking a two-hour lunch."

I'll have my people call your people: Mayor Price Is Right, an A-Lister on the networking scene, says she thinks best opportunities come at cocktail/dinner events. "Even if people don't drink, there still is the dinner," she said. "At lunch, everyone is busy on their iPad or phone."

Out of this world:
Dr. Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist with NASA, was so interesting during a talk to Chamber members at The City Club, a sheltered B2B Insider editor called it "mind blowing." Some space oddities:
  • NASA's space exploration seeks to answer these questions: 1) How does the universe work? 2) What is our place in it? 3) Are we alone?
  • The International Space Station has been at full crew, 24/7 for 15 years with 15 countries participating. It moves faster than a bullet and would almost fit inside AT&T Stadium.
  • The first word from the moon was "Houston. Our goal is the first word from Mars will be 'Houston.'"
  • "The Hubble Telescope is more than a telescope, it's a time machine... We set sort of a "long exposure" on the Hubble for 11 days ... We discovered tens of thousands of galaxies where we previously thought there was nothing.
  • "Every week we learn something that re-writes the textbooks."
  • We have GPS because of developments from NASA.
Card up her sleeve: Oddly enough, Susan Jones, merchant card sales with Credit Card Guy, says businesses that believe they are NOT paying too much for their credit card processing are good leads. She says if they think they aren't, she is confident she can show that they are.

Painting the town: Fort Worth's Crud Cruiser is not Mayor Price Is Right's bike leaving others in the dust. It's a huge collection/disposal unit that cruises neighborhoods (through October) collecting leftover paint, used oil and yard chemicals. Make sure your kids don't mistake it for the ice cream truck.

Trippin': Tomorrow is the early deadline to reserve a spot for the Chamber's Oct. 1-8 trip to eastern Canada - the continental sophistication in Ontario, the thundering majesty of Niagara Falls and Québec's old-world French charm. You can save about $100 if you contact Monta Noe at (817) 338-3331.

Running with scissors: Tomorrow, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will see where The Fort Worth Herd retirees go after their Stockyards walks have ended. The Adorables will be rustling with ribbons at Longhorn Crossing Apartments, 1101 Longhorn Road.

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