National Association of Professional Women Inducts Tennille Decoste, Assistant Director of HR of the City of Miramar, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Tennille Decoste is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I have a passion for Human Resources when I can help an employee with benefits. It makes my day.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Tennille Decoste as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Tennille into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Tennille Decoste started her career working in local government when she joined Miami Dade County as a Bus Maintenance Control Clerk in 2004. “I worked my way up the career ladder while working with the County,” said Ms. Decoste. “I worked in various departments such as Transit, Solid Waste, Corrections, Clerk of Courts and Central Human Resources. I had the best mentor in Transit when I worked in the Office of Civil Rights Division.”

Ms. Decoste has been in her current position, Assistant Director of Human Resources at the City of Miramar for three months. In her role, she is responsible for the employee benefits of 1200 employees as well as overseeing HR policies, collective bargaining agreements, recruitment, diversity and inclusion program, compensation, morale, and employee and labor relations. She is also the liaison between the agency and the community. Prior to the City of Miramar Ms. Decoste was the Human Resources Director with the City of Delray Beach. The City has 917 employees.

“My skills range from being a people person to a detailed-oriented person,” said Ms. Decoste. “I have used my skills to increase morale, save our City one million dollars in benefits and our employees $81,000 in benefits, conduct a salary survey that led to employees’ salaries being increased, and brought trust back to the Human Resources Department within our City.”

Having to make decisions that are not always popular with employees but necessary for the City can be challenging, but Ms. Decoste finds her job very rewarding. “I have a passion for Human Resources when I can help an employee with benefits,” she said. “It makes my day.” Ms. Decoste hopes to one day take on the role of Director or Vice President of Human Resources. “Or maybe one day becoming an Assistant City Manager,” she added.

Awards & Accomplishments:
M.S., Barry University, Human Resource Management; member of the Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Professional Women (Currently 2016-2017 VIP Woman of the Year Circle), Florida Public Human Resources Association, International Public Management Association for Human Resources, National Forum for Black Public Administrators; presently appointed Secretary to Florida Public Employee Labor Relations Association

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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