Paycheck Fairness From Every Perspective

For decades, research has shown that women’s paychecks still lag those of their male counterparts. As working women, we know the issue is a complex one. Instead of the usual cheering or jeering, our Women. Connected. Conference will feature a panel of experts discussing the recent Paycheck Fairness Act and the larger issue from every perspective.

Our panelists will include:

Tonya Beane Webber

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Tonya is a Shareholder with the law firm of Porter, Rogers, Dahlman, and Gordon, PC. She’s also an adjunct professor of Human Resources Law at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Earning her JD at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Tonya was also a news anchor and sports reporter during her college years.

Nora Hadley

Nora Hadley is the Director of Human Resources at Port Royal Ocean Resort with responsibility for all elements of HR from Staffing to Benefits Administration and beyond! Prior to joining Port Royal in 2010, Nora spent 20 years in Human Resources Management positions for Maxim Integrated Products and two Worldwide Staffing Companies, Kelly Services and Westaff. She studied Business Administration at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.

In 2009, Nora and her husband Steve left the corporate world, and the ‘Big City’ of Dallas, in pursuit of the tranquility of Port Aransas’ sea, sun and surf.

Sharon Kollaja, CPA
Owner, Sterling Personnel, Inc.

Throughout her career path, Sharon Kollaja has embodied the core beliefs of TBW. Demonstrating resiliency in the early 1990’s, Sharon was a single mother of three young boys and was the only female loan officer at Pacific Southwest Bank. She was promoted to the position of Vice President and was later hired as the Vice President/Commercial Lender of Frost National Bank.Kollaja’s can-do spirit lead her to become the President/Owner of Sterling Personnel, Inc., a full service recruiting firm serving Corpus Christi and the Texas Coastal Bend. Since acquiring Sterling in 2004, Sharon’s business leadership has resulted in the substantial growth of the company, as well as the placement of thousands of women in jobs throughout the Corpus Christi area.

A firm believer in the power of community, Sharon serves on the Board of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, is Past President of the Corpus Christi Human Resource Management Association and Past President of the Corpus Christi CPA Society.

When considering equality for women in the workplace, Sharon s states, “I don’t think we as women should strive to achieve equality in the workplace from a position of weakness and entitlement, but rather pursue the equality that comes from our efforts and accomplishments in business. Only then can we achieve true equality.”

Kollaja is a graduate of TAMUCC and has mentored other CPA’s in their careers. She believes her proudest accomplishments are her 3 boys, and that the smartest thing she ever did was marry her husband of 11 years, Albert Kollaja.