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Starla Cason

Age: 39

Business: Betty Hardwick Center 

Job title: Chief Clinical Officer


Why are you working in this industry? 

I have had a strong desire to help people and make a difference. Betty Hardwick Center has provided me with multiple opportunities to accomplish this mission through serving our local community.

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? 

Listmaking/goal setting, delivering on commitments, and consistency!


Who is the person who most influenced you in business?

I have been poured into by many smart and compassionate individuals, but I would say that my parents were the most influential.  They instilled empathy and respect for others in me along with a work ethic from an early age.


What is the best advice you have ever received?

It’s hard to determine the best advice I have received in my career because I have had multiple wonderful mentors but there is one quote that has been resonating with me lately in my leadership role which is the Brene Brown quote “Clear is Kind.” I often have the opportunity to provide feedback to coworkers and I want this to guide my words and actions.


What was the most significant hurdle you had to overcome to get where you are? How would you address this hurdle today?

To be completely transparent, I started my work in the social services field with a certain level of naivete.  I had a good childhood and private university education which provided a solid foundation for me, but I had did not have an accurate awareness of the hurdles other people face in life. It was eye opening to me to witness how life events and generational traumas can change the trajectory of a person’s life. I am thankful for the diverse people who have allowed me into their lives because they have taught me to see a person before a problem.


Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off?

You will find me on vacation with family and friends!


If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be?

The best advice I can give to someone starting out in the social service field is that this is difficult heart work. Don’t forget to look back at where a person was at when you started working with them and where they are now when you think you are not making a difference.

Community Involvement:

  • ·        Abilene Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Abilene Class of 2024)

  • ·        211 A Call for Help Advisory Committee Member

  • ·        Hardin-Simmons University Board of Young Associates 2010-2019



David Cason – husband of 14 years

Daughters Brittyn Cason – 11 and Charlee Cason - 8


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