Preconference Speaker

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Tuesday, August 28
PRECONFERENCE – HR Thought Leader Summit: Compassion, Humanity, and You at Work (Approved for BMS Credit)

Increasingly, human resource and business leaders are understanding the importance of embracing the human spirit of their employees and encouraging employees to bring their entire selves to work. Absolutely every decision, every business strategy, every word spoken between colleagues, and every policy enacted can and should be derived from a place of compassion. Because organizational success is, at its core, about human beings working together to serve human purposes. This strategic session is led by HR thought leaders on the issues of compassion and humanity in the workplace. They have each written in one of the anthologies, Humans@Work, Compassion@Work, or You@Work, all part of the @Work series of books published by Silver Tree Publishing. The session will begin with a keynote from HR leader, speaker, and author Jeff Nally. Next, you’ll hear from six of the authors, each providing a 15-minute Ted-type talk (we call them CRED Talks) on these issues focusing on creating ideal workplaces. The session concludes with a synopsis from Jeff Nally, recapping and summarizing the ideas presented in this fast-paced session and providing you with an action plan for incorporating best practices in your organization. The session is led by HR thought-leader Cathy Fyock, who has been instrumental in developing these anthologies and identifying and coaching the authors to become thought leaders.


Jeff Nally, MBA, PCC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is an executive coach, professional speaker, coaching supervisor, and author who creates no-nonsense neuroscience solutions with leaders to be more human at work. Jeff is the president of Nally Group Inc., a practice focused on the science of leadership and human interaction.

He has 26 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, speaking, and leadership development. Jeff is a co-author of Rethinking Human Resources and Humans@Work with other HR and coaching thought leaders. He has been an active member of SHRM for 21 years and serves on the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors. Jeff served as the Chair of the Kentucky SHRM State Council and President of Louisville SHRM. He was the inaugural recipient of The Lyle Hanna HR Volunteer Spirit Award and was named one of the top Twenty People to Know in Human Resources by Business First of Louisville.