President and CEO, Accent On Business
Bio: Ellen Dunnigan founded Accent On Business in 2001 specializing in public speaking, communication skills, and executive presence for leaders in business. She has 25 years of experience with professional and nonprofessional speakers in healthcare, media, politics, engineering, sports, and other industries. Ellen’s coaching in speaking skills gives established and emerging leaders greater confidence and credibility. Her leadership programs in accountability, alignment, difficult conversations, and organizational communication have helped leaders expand their influence. Ellen is known for her practical “how to” style.
Ellen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Pathology with emphasis in voice and brain science — and further post-graduate training in organizational development, leadership, and public speaking. She believes firmly that it’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it that makes the winning difference. To that end, she helps businesses and leaders communicate well and deliver stellar presentations. Ellen is the speaking coach for Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University and is active on several Indiana boards. She and her husband live in Indianapolis.
President, Nally Group
Bio: Jeff Nally is an executive coach, speaker, author, and leader developer who brings expert neuroscience applications to improve leaders, teams and organizations. Jeff is the president of Nally Group Inc., a practice that helps leaders get results with the brain in mind.
He has 24 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, and leadership development. Jeff led the Executive Coaching Practice at Humana and created the Humana Women in Leadership group coaching program for the top 130 women executives in the company.
Jeff has been an executive leader in manufacturing and healthcare corporations. He held leadership positions at Commonwealth Aluminum, Commonwealth Industries, CLARCOR Air Filtration Products, and Humana. Jeff led not-for-profit organizations focused on population health and education attainment. He was the executive director of Community Health Trust in Louisville and The Citizens Committee on Education in Owensboro.
Jeff is a nationally-recognized speaker who applies neuroscience and coaching to help people interact with the brain in mind. He is a frequent speaker at The Executive Coaching Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce programs, at corporate leadership events, and at business & human resource conferences across the US.
Jeff is a co-author of Rethinking Human Resources, an anthology of HR and coaching thought leaders. He is a guest writer for Hope for Leaders Unabridged, a compilation of leadership strategies.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
He is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, a Results Professional Certified Coach through The Neuroleadership Group, and a certified StrengthsFinder Performance Coach through The Gallup Organization. He graduated with distinction with a Certificate in the Foundations of Neuroleadership from The Neuroleadership Institute.
He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jeff volunteers his time advancing business, leadership, HR and coaching professions. He is a past chair of the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council and a past president of Louisville SHRM.
Jeff is a board member of the Ohio Valley Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation and is Chair of Spalding University’s School of Business Advisory Board. He is a member of Metro United Way’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and HR Advisory Committee. Jeff was named one of the top Twenty People to Know in Human Resources by Business First of Louisville.
Jeff is a Louisville native who enjoys the city’s foodie scene. He and his husband, Bob, enjoy exploring sushi restaurants around town with friends most Friday nights. Their teenage son, Adam, is not a fan of sushi and prefers to play video games instead.