“…well-received, dynamic and organized speaker, who demonstrated a clear grasp of the HR content.”

Kara Kelley is an engaging keynoter and experienced facilitator who provides actionable, relevant content to healthcare professionals across the country. After 10+ years as an HR Advisor working with both private and corporate dental and medical practices, Kara is truly an expert in teamwork, compliance, and leadership.

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“Kara was absolutely wonderful to work with! We picked up the pieces after two years of covid setback. Her joy and enthusiasm helped re-initiate in-person CE for our dental society. She was a breath of fresh air! She is engaging during her presentation, combining wit and facts to help educate on topics that dental owners are not always properly educated on – especially those who are business owners. So grateful for all the insight she shared with us!”

Dr. Kristin L. Goodwin, DDS | President, San Angelo District Dental Society


Each presentation is tailored to your organization, event, and attendees.

Management Myths & Fateful Fallacies: Why Dental HR Questions Shouldn’t Be Answered on Facebook

With the vast number of regulations at the federal, state, and sometimes local levels coupled with the misinformation found on social media, it’s easy for practice leaders to be confused! Getting it wrong can be disastrously expensive and time-consuming.

Find out the most common mistakes practices make when crafting policies, making employment decisions, and dealing with those common yet frustrating employee relations issues.
Presentation Length: 60 – 90 minutes
Format: Virtual or in-person at your event location!

D-I-RIGHTTM Your Employee Handbook

While a professionally developed employee handbook is always recommended, practice leaders often make “DIY” updates – without knowledge of current employment regulations or best practices.

Kara helps practice leaders understand what can be updated in an employee handbook, how to make those updates, and what is best left to the professionals.

Attendees will come away from this interactive workshop with the confidence to make updates to their Employee Handbook, and have it D-I-RightTM.
Presentation Length: 60 – 90 minutes
Format: Virtual or in-person at your event location!

Compete With Culture: Build a Practice Worth Working For

In an era where quality team members seem to be in high demand but in short supply, dental practices are finding it difficult to compete for top talent. The question is: Is Your Practice a Place Where People Want to Work?

Answering this question begins with another one: What is your organizational culture and, specifically, your reputation as a place to work? It’s more important now than ever before to make your practice culture a positive part of your “employer brand”. And believe it or not, you do have control over this. Putting time and effort into clarifying your organizational culture and employer brand, i.e. your “Unique Employment Proposition”, can pay huge dividends.

Based on Kara’s popular eBook for practice leaders!
Presentation Length: 60 – 90 minutes
Format: Virtual or in-person at your event location!

“Kara presented What to Do if Your Employee Tests Positive for Covid-19 and co-presented Dental Practice Finance Management for the NIAGD via Zoom in 2020. On both occasions she was a well-received, dynamic and organized speaker, who demonstrated a clear grasp of the HR content. She provided clear and easily understood audio-visual aides, answered all questions in a professional manner and invited the attendees to contact her if any additional questions arose after the seminar. She received high praise on the Course Evaluation sheets following both CE Seminars.”

Jamie Petras, NIAGD Executive Secretary

Workshops & Team Retreats

Do you want a more cohesive team? Have you ever wished you could transform your Practice Leaders into People Leaders? How much more productive would your team be if they had the tools and training to communicate on a foundation of trust, hold each other accountable, and put team results before individual wins?

Kara is both a certified Everything DiSCTM Workplace Facilitator and a Five Behaviors Certified Practitioner. She is an experienced facilitator who has led workshops and retreats for both individuals and intact teams. Kara transforms leaders and their teams by giving them the tools to communicate effectively, engage in productive conflict, build a foundation of vulnerability-based trust, make decisions that produce results, and demonstrate leadership at every level.

Each workshop, breakout session, or retreat facilitation is tailored to your organization, event, and participants. Kara will work with you before, during, and after each event to deliver an elevated experience for each stakeholder.

Workshop/Retreat Length: 3 – 12 hours (can be divided over multiple days) | Format: Virtual or in-person at your event location!

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