Keynote Speaker

4 p.m. | Tuesday, August 28
KEYNOTE – Going Beyond the Surface of Employee Engagement: Exploring the Principles that Matter in Human Resources

Few ideas have generated more excitement with leaders than employee engagement. Everyone wants more of it, yet application, measurement, and practice—not to mention results—vary widely across our industry. What seems to be missing from the conversation is a fundamental understanding of the science behind the engagement phenomenon, as well as a deeper understanding around how the practice of engagement is deeply connected to outcomes that matter every day, including our personal and work lives. Using the latest decision-science, learn to focus on uncovering the psychology of employee engagement to build toward workplace conditions that promote happier, committed, and healthier employees at all levels. This evidence-based, yet informal and relaxed Keynote is designed for human resource professionals at all levels who hope to build a better place of work through sustainable, principle-based strategies – rather than prescribed, one-size fits all practices – that drive possibility and opportunity.


Brad Shuck, PhD | Associate Professor, University of Louisville

Brad Shuck, PhD is Associate Professor and Program Director of both the Health Professions Education and Human Resources and Organizational Development programs in the School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. His primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. He has given presentations and conducted research across the globe, and his work has been featured in U.S.-based international media outlets including ForbesThe Washington Post, and TIME, as well as international outlets including Business World Onlineand the Hindu Times. Shuck was named the 2016 Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Developmentand has received several awards for his applied research. Shuck was recognized as a Faculty Favorite at UofL in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and named one of the Top Four Faculty Favorites in 2016.