New Sensation: Dustin Yater, City of Coppell (TX), Sr. Human Resource Advisor

Posted on March 15, 2014

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We’re back with the new “New Sensation” feature. We’ve updated the questions based on your feedback. You’ll now learn about the best YouTube videos on the web, read about gift ideas for the holiday season, and learn about the career accomplishments of our new members.  As a reminder, we developed this feature to introduce you to new ELGL members and as a way on connecting ELGL members with similar interests.


Dustin Yater

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Coppell (TX) Senior Human Resource Advisor

Education: Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts

Experience: Intern, City of Coppell

Lightning Round

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Tell us about three of your biggest accomplishments.

  • Receiving my BA from Southern Methodist University and my Masters in Public Administration by the age of 24
  • Going from an Intern to a Sr. Human Resource Advisor with the same organization as my first professional venture.
  • My family

(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..try to still play Rugby.images (1)

Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.

  • Delegate!!! You cannot do it all
  • After working on spreadsheets for more than 4 hours, get a second pair of eyes to help you out…..cells do get missed

Give us three of your favorite YouTube videos.

Bat Kid Saves the Day

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)

Texas Rangers Win the 2010 A.L. Pennant. Eric Nadel calls the final pitch.



As part of being an ELGL member, we give you a chance to redo or change any part of your life. How would you use it? (Note: My life is perfect, I am perfect, I would never change anything is not an acceptable response.)

One philosophy I have always lived by is to use your life experiences to learn and develop as one progressively gets older.  As I have made mistakes in the past I have never let them define me but always challenged myself to try and grow into a better person because of those mishaps.  So to redo or change a portion of my life that might determine who I am one day would be something I would have to pass on in hopes of becoming something greater down the line.

Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that should be included on the conference agenda.


  • Paths to Upper Management, stories or examples of how they got there
  • What’s new for 2015
  • Developing a peer support group

 (Complete these phrases) Best thing about the….

  • 80’s was……. Fuzzy (was just born)
  • 90’s was…… Great (Big Cowboys Fan)



  • 00’s was….. a learning curve (Graduating high school and college years)
  • Last year was….. a great year
  • Today is… a great day

Name three of your mentors and describe them in five words.

  • Father:  honest, role model, hard working
  • Former AD of Human Resources, Donna Jenkins:  passionate, caring, optimistic, straight forward
  • Uncle:  over achiever, dedicated, family values

What’s your least favorite thing about humanity? Glass half empty mentality

How can ELGL best contribute to the public sector?

Develop a network of upward achieving/dedicated individuals to better serve our communities

Spring break or spring training? Which is better?images

Spring Training!!!  Big Rangers fan

Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership

Value I receive from this group

Give us two ideas for attracting and retaining talented individuals to the public sector.

  • Opportunity for advancement/mentorship
  • Ability to grow and create new ways of making the organization better as a whole

What questions should we have asked?download

Pretty sure this covered them all

What one question you have about ELGL?

What are you looking for out of me?

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