megheadshotWith Cowtown pumped as a bicycle-friendly city led by biking maven Mayor Betsy Price, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce will present “cyclist lawyer” Megan M. Hottman of Golden, Colo., as keynote speaker for its May 5 Best Workplaces for Women (BWW) Awards luncheon at City Club of Fort Worth.

The event, hosted by the Chamber’s Women Influencing Business (WIB) program, recognizes best practices by local businesses in recruiting and retaining women employees and creating a woman-friendly workplace. Presenting sponsor is University of Texas at Arlington College of Business.

Hottman, a competitive cyclist and author, focuses exclusively on cycling law while racing in all four cycling disciplines – road, track, mountain biking and cyclocross.

She formed Hottman Law Office, aka “TheCyclist-Lawyer.com,” in 2010 and enjoys “the perfect combination of passion and profession,” she says on her website (hottmanlawoffice.com). “I’m doing what I was meant to do.”

“Hottman exemplifies the quality of success that’s possible for women in the workplace when they have a direct path to combine their passion with their business,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton.

BWW Awards entrants are judged in seven categories: Compensation & Leave; Organizational Ethics; Work Flexibility; Training & Mentoring; Facilities; Wellness Initiatives, and Community Involvement.

Nine finalists in three categories have been selected from 26 applicants by a judging panel of WIB committee members. Winners will be decided after site visits by Texas Woman’s University marketing students led by Pushkala Raman, Ph.D., associate professor of Marketing at TWU.

Finalists are:

Small Businesses

Balcom Agency – One of Fort Worth’s largest advertising agencies. Focused on delivering What’s Next in advertising, PR, social media, website design and media for clients here and coast to coast.

People Fund – A nonprofit, community development financial institution for underserved entrepreneurs. They provide paths to the American Dream through small business loans and free business education.

Skyline Sector 5 – Specialists in creating high-impact marketing events with portable, modular and custom solutions for clients. Recognized as one of the top event marketing companies in Texas.

Medium Businesses

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains – A Fort Worth-based council of Girl Scouts of the USA, serving more than 20,000 girl members. Focused on building girls of courage, confidence and character.

The National Bank of Texas – Locally owned, independent bank with a wide range of products. Outreach initiatives include financial training and community services to help Spanish-speaking customers.

United Way of Tarrant County – Established in 1922, United Way of Tarrant County partners with local groups in education, income and health initiatives. Focused on creating higher quality of life.

Large Businesses

BDO USA, LLP – A professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.

NAS Fort Worth JRB – Joint defense facility and home base for over 40 tenant commands, including active-duty and reserve units. Nearly 3,000 of the workforce of 9,700 military and civilian personnel are women.

Texas Wesleyan University – A United Methodist institution with a tradition in the liberal arts and sciences, a focus on professional and career preparation and an enrollment of nearly 2,300 students.