Karl Ahlrichs

Karl AhlrichsUsing his 25+ years of human resources, sales and marketing experience, Karl assists audiences and clients with their business and people issues.

Karl’s experience has always had the common thread of observation, writing and communication, and as a national expert and writer he is often quoted in the local and national media.

Currently, he is a partner in ExactHire, a national organization specializing in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the hiring process. Prior experience was as a Senior Consultant for Professional Staff Management, a PEO. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Business Development in the Indianapolis office of Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants, an international human resources consulting and outplacement firm. At those firms, his clients included Roche, Boeing, Apple Computer, Anthem, and Frito Lay.

Karl facilitates an invitation-only roundtable for Indianapolis CFOs. For more than a decade he was the Program Chair for the state Society for Human Resources Management annual conference. He is a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Indiana (HRACI), the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the American Society of Training and Development, and the Association for Psychological Type.

In 2003, Karl was named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana. He has presented at the National SHRM Conference for 7 consecutive years. Karl received his B.A. in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is enrolled in the Butler University M.B.A. program.

Popular Keynotes

Karl’s focus is on people practices that produce bottom-line results — Leadership, Communication and Managing Change.

Workforce Trends

bullet People as a Competitive Advantage in “Not Normal” Times
bullet Fire Before You Hire–Hiring Smarter using LEAN Techniques
bullet The New Definition of Leadership in a “Not Normal” World
bullet Learning from the Mistakes of Others – Modern Metrics to Align the New Workforce
bullet Future Trends–The Problem Will Be Men

Building Leadership

bullet The New Normal – Secrets for Thriving in Strange Economic Times
bullet Thinking INSIDE the Box – Working With CFOs
bullet Risk, Rewards and Cannibalism – Modern Lessons of the Donner Party
bullet The Luck Factor – Build a Fortunate Organization
bullet Searching for Heroes in Uncertain Times
bullet The New Definition of Leadership–Styles That Work in the New World

Communicating Up, Down and Sideways

bullet Great Ideas Aren’t Enough—Selling Ideas to an Indifferent World Inside Organizations
bullet Reducing the Risk of Corporate Politics
bullet Communicating With Multiple Generations


I would whole-heartedly recommend Karl as a keynote speaker, a workshop presenter, or facilitator for executive planning. It is a pleasure working with Karl and I look forward to having him back again soon!

Mike Nichols

As always, you have once again proven to be one of our most acclaimed presenters. Those attendees who were present for your last program were excited to see your name back on our agenda. Thank you again for making our meeting a success.

Donna Harris

 made it a point to see Karl present at SHRM National. I think that the others in the standing room only crowd would agree that this was one of, if not the best, concurrent sessions of the conference.

Jeff McKinney

Karl was overwhelmingly well received; a great topic and great delivery; outstanding reviews.

Marcia Laux, Bloomington Hospital & Healthcare System

Karl both entertained & informed in the very short time frame he was given. He received high ratings and many positive written comments.

Gale Field, Florida Engineering Society




Kahrl Ahlrichs, SPHR
Keynote to CFOs and CPAs



Risk, Rewards and Cannibalism - Modern Lessons of
The Donner Party

Themes: leadership, overcoming adversity, managing risk



Karl Ahlichs focusing on workforce trends.


Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR

Expert ideas and trends
for difficult times,
delivered with humor
to tough audiences.
Special knowledge with
Health Insurance Reform,
CFOs and Human Resources.









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