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 an Everything DiSC Workplace Certified Facilitator and a Five Behaviors Certified Practitioner.

A life-long learner who is never content with the status quo, Kara serves on several professional boards and committees. She is the Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee and a member of the Legal & Legislative committee for Austin SHRM. Kara is currently serving as President of the National Speakers Association Austin chapter. In 2022, she helped found the ADMC Memorial Foundation, a scholarship program for new practice owners. Kara also founded the Dental Leadership Mindset Facebook group that serves as an HR Hub for Practice Leaders.

Introduction at Event

Between two teens, three dogs, a growing flock of poultry, 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 over 10 years advising practice leaders on the things 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