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Speaker Bio

Kara works with Dental Practice Leaders to develop strategic HR systems that engage their team and strengthen their practice. She is the founder and CEO of Clinical HR LLC, a Human Resources advisory firm for dental and medical practices. Kara focuses on cultivating leadership skills, managing employee relations issues, and implementing competitive total rewards systems. She also works with practices to develop employee policies and establish compliant HR systems.

Though Kara initially enrolled in a Marketing degree program, she took an HR course for a general business credit and fell in love with it, eventually earning a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Kara is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She is also a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC).

A life-long learner who is never content with the status quo, Kara serves on several professional boards and committees. She is the Co-VP of Career Development and member of the Legal & Legislative committee for Austin SHRM. Kara is also the current Program Chair and incoming President-Elect for the National Speakers Association’s Austin chapter. She stays current on federal and state employment regulations through extensive continuing education.


Introduction at Event

Between two teens, four dogs, and a thriving HR consulting firm, today’s speaker understands the busy-ness of being in business. She found her place in dentistry through a meeting of serendipity and initiative, and has spent ten years advising practice leaders on what dental school forgot to teach them. Her passion for making the workplace more human is rivaled only by her passion for a good cup of cold brew coffee. Please join me in welcoming HR nerd and caffeine addict, Kara Kelley!


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A/V Requirements

Kara will bring

  • A Windows 10 laptop with HDMI connectors
  • A Logitech wireless presentation remote
  • A KEYNOTE presentation using 16:9 aspect ratio

Kara needs from you

  • A screen and projector (with HDMI input cable) appropriate to room¬†and audience size
  • A wireless lavalier or headset microphone (wireless handheld as a last resort)
  • AC power for her laptop