Jessica Sabedra Honored as University of North Texas Rising Star

Fort Worth, TX (April 05, 2021) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that Jessica Sabedra, Human Resources Associate, will be honored as this year’s University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business Rising Star.

Sabedra will be one of three UNT alumni honored this spring at the college’s annual gala. The gala, scheduled for April 9th, will recognize both students and alumni for their outstanding achievements, innovation and leadership.

The Rising Star award serves to recognize a recent alum that has shown exceptional growth in their profession, as well as a strong potential for future successes.

Sabedra has 10 years of public accounting experience, six years in Human Resources including: Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, and HR Compliance.

She is an active member of Fort Worth HR (FWHR) the greater Tarrant County and surrounding area’s affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Sabedra also served on the Emerging Leader Board at the Tarrant Area Food Bank in 2019 and participated in the UNT mentoring program with students pursuing a career in HR. In 2017, Sabedra was awarded the Fort Worth HR Inaugural Emerging HR Professional of the Year award.

Sabedra earned her BBA in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the G. Brint Ryan – College of Business at the University of North Texas. She will be featured on the Whitley Penn Talks podcast as part of the Whitley Penn Financial Series in the episode Start Now, Success Later that will focus on Employer Benefits.

“We are proud of Jessica for receiving this honor and are happy to support her as she continues to grow in her professional career. Her commitment to her alma mater, the firm, and the community showcases her dedication to her overall success,” stated Robyn Martin, Chief People Officer for Whitley Penn.

About the University of North Texas

As one of the nation’s largest universities, UNT offers 109 bachelor’s, 94 master’s and 36 doctoral degree programs. By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaboration with the university’s many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT’s faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world. For more information, please visit

About the University of North Texas – G. Brint Ryan College of Business

The University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business is the choice of more than 7,000 students — making it one of the largest business schools in the nation. Since 1961, the college has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) — a hallmark of the world’s best business schools. Nationally recognized and cutting-edge degrees enable students to learn beyond the classroom so they can become leaders in their field. For more information, please visit

About Whitley Penn, LLP

Whitley Penn has consistently been recognized as “One the Top 100 Firms in the U.S.” and “Best of the Best” by INSIDE Public Accounting and other industry publications.  For more information on Whitley Penn, please visit

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