Jarik Conrad, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Sr. Director of Human Capital Management Innovation for Ultimate Software. In this capacity, Dr. Conrad helps organizations stay abreast of the latest workforce trends and innovative approaches to people management.
Immediately prior to joining Ultimate Software, Dr. Conrad led The Conrad Consulting Group, where he served as an executive coach, facilitator, and management consultant. Previously, he held significant human resources roles at Fortune 500 companies, including McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), Pillsbury (General Mills), Union Carbide (Dow), Citigroup, and CSX Technology, and directed the human resources department for the City of Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Conrad is passionate about education. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, two master’s degrees from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of North Florida. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a certified intercultural sensitivity expert, and a certified emotional intelligence expert. He also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition and is a certified personal trainer (CPT). 

Dr. Conrad is a member of the invitation-only Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO). Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Jacksonville University, has taught continuing education classes at the University of North Florida, and has served as an external faculty member at the Mayo Clinic, where he remains a research collaborator. He is also the author of the best-selling book, “The Fragile Mind.”