FORT WORTH – The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has identified 35 regional employers to receive a new designation that recognizes best practices in talent development: Fort Worth Talent Champions.

A Chamber member employer – large or small — that is implementing best practices in talent development, attraction, and retention is eligible for the recognition. The designation is a strategy to support the Chamber’s Fortify strategic plan, in which one of four major pillars is Talent.

“In the Talent Pillar, one of our 2021 goals is to increase the percentage of our population with college degrees and certifications,” said Dr. Anthony Edwards, senior vice president of Talent Development, Attraction and Retention for the Fort Worth Chamber. “The Talent Champions program will help employers connect with each other and with education and non-profit partners to attract, develop, and retain talent for their businesses.”

With assistance from students in TCU’s Schieffer College of Communication, the Chamber conducted research with employers to identify local workforce pain points as well as best practices in talent retention.

Findings were that 71% of respondents said that degrees or certifications weigh into hiring decisions “always” or “most of the time.”

Student teams recommended multiple strategies for employer engagement and recognition, from which the Talent Champions designation was developed.

Employers are asked to commit to working towards at least four criteria below in order to become a Talent Champion.

  • Establish or maintain at least one relationship with a local college
  • Establish or maintain at least one relationship with a local nonprofit or workforce partner
  • Have you established or maintained at least one relationship with a local K-12 school district
  • Use policies and employee benefits to attract, develop, and retain talent
  • Develop young professionals for leadership roles and advancement
  • Support or participate in Chamber Talent committees, initiatives, and events

Companies that qualified and were admitted to the first Talent Champions cohort are:

Acme Brick Company
Alpha Industries, LLC
Apartment Association of Tarrant County
Apex Capital Corp
Bethesda Gardens
BNSF Railway
BSWH All Saints Medical Center- Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
CLC, inc.
Cook Children’s Health Care System
CornerStone Staffing
Elbit Systems of America
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
GE Manufacturing Solutions – A Wabtec Company
GM Financial
Granbury Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Hydradyne LLC
Insperity
Lockheed Martin
Mackenzie Eason
Medical City Fort Worth
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
METROGEEK
Project Partners
Robert Half
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown
Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC
Speed Fab-Crete Corp.
Texas Health Resources
Texas Live
Texas Wesleyan University
The College of Health Care Professions
TriQuest Technologies, Inc.
United Way of Tarrant County
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Contact Hope Moon, Talent & Quality of Place manager, for more information at 817.338.3361. Go to the Chamber’s website at https://www.fortworthchamber.com/talent/talent-champion/ to apply to be a Talent Champion.