“WOW! Dr. Jarik Conrad’s presentation is amazing. And his delivery style is equally amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to experience the thought leadership of Dr. Jarik.”

Deidre B., Resources for Humans Conference

Never Accept The Status Quo!


Recognized as one of the world’s top “people practitioners” and twice named a HRD “Global Top 100 HR Influencer,” Dr. Jarik Conrad,  is a sought-after speaker who shares his insights on a variety of topics, including health and wellness, emotional intelligence, leadership, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. His expertise and thought leadership continue to shape the future of work, inspiring professionals to embrace new possibilities.

Jarik Conrad
Best-selling author of The Fragile Mind and In Search of Humanity.


“You are absolutely the greatest speaker that I have ever listened to. You did a great job at the Virginia State SHRM conference!”
Eyad Hasan, SPHR
“I think this is probably the best diversity and equity session I’ve ever attended. The presenter made the information very approachable while still being very informative.”
AttendeeUKG eSymposium
“Your employees need to hear what Dr. Conrad has learned about the brain, people at work, and life.”
Jim Casey, FBI Jacksonville
“Thank you for a spectacular presentation! The feedback from the meeting participants was excellent. We received comments such as – ‘excellent,’ ‘best speaker of the year,’ ‘very energetic,’ ‘needed/wanted more time,’ ‘great presentation,’ ‘wonderful content and delivery’…”
Lori Bourgoin, Human Resource Management Association of Western New England
“What a GREAT book!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You’ve given me a whole new way to view our world! It feels like a huge light bulb turned itself on in my head! I’m already sharing what I’ve learned with my friends and family.”
Debi Jellison, Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family Center
“We are better people because you have graced us with your presence. You have assisted us in our quest to become Emotionally Intelligent human beings. Hopefully we will assist the future generation in understanding themselves as EI human beings as well.”
Dr. Maurice E. Young, Bremen High School District 228

Dr. Jarik Conrad

Dr. Conrad is the former Executive Director of the Workforce Institute and Vice President of the Human Insights at UKG, a leading Human Capital Management (HCM) and Workforce Management company that serves over 75,000 organizations globally. Dr. Conrad served as a primary spokesperson for the company, and led a team that delivered thought-provoking, actionable, content and resources about work and the people who do it.

Prior to UKG, Dr. Conrad spent more than 20 years in HR leadership roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, an MBA and Master of Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of North Florida. 

His certifications include:

  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Certified Director
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0)
  • Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP),
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • Plant-Based Nutrition 
  • Personal Training and Weight Management

Dr. Conrad has authored two award-winning books, In Search of Humanity: Why We Fight, How to Stop, and the Role Business Must Play and The Fragile Mind: How It Has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuated America’s Tragic Disparities.

He grew up in public housing in East St. Louis, Illinois, which has been described as America’s Soweto. His childhood experiences have fueled his passion to create more inclusive workplace and a more just society.


“In this timely and important book, In Search of Humanity, Jarik Conrad shows how America can become a better version of itself — more open, more fair, and more inclusive. Any leader of any kind ought to reckon with his argument and heed his call for change.”

— Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WHEN, DRIVE, and TO SELL IS HUMAN

From an evolutionary standpoint, we are programmed to reject others who are different, and it is up to businesses, in collaboration with governments, to overcome this biological impediment by atoning for past atrocities and rallying us around our shared humanity.

Dr. Conrad not only provides insight into what daily life is like for African Americans and individuals who are poor, he offers as innovative approach to overcoming these challenges based on what scientists have uncovered about the human brain – its brilliance, as well as its fragility.


The Human Like Me movement is for individuals who understand that regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ability level, religion, nationality, or political party, we are all part of the global human tribe. As such, we all deserve to be treated with love and respect.


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