April 17, 2017 - Press Release

Work Institute Inks Deal with Well-Known Leadership and Development Organization

Local Human Resources Research and Consulting Firm Expands Capabilities with Scarlett Leadership Institute Merger

FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 17, 2017 – Work Institute, a leader in workforce intelligence, research and consulting, today announced a merger with Scarlett Leadership Institute, a Nashville-based leadership development and education organization. Moving forward under the Work Institute brand, the merger expands upon the company’s core services, providing clients a full-service partner for managing human capital, from workforce research to solving the identified issues to create better workplaces.

“Organizations are increasingly looking for partners that use an evidence-based approach to identify and solve problems in their workforce,” said Danny Nelms, president of Work Institute. “Adding Scarlett Leadership Institute’s expertise to our brand allows us to not only identify and recommend strategies for clients, but to directly provide the solutions to help transform their companies into preferred employers.”

Mary Fink, CEO of Scarlett Leadership Institute, will serve as vice president for learning and development for the Work Institute. Fink will oversee leadership programs, including executive and management education programs, custom training and meeting facilitation. 

“Work Institute has a strong client roster of today’s leading organizations and is great at identifying when they need specific solutions to influence change and improve employee outcomes,” said Fink. “Our ability to provide the solutions that produce positive change for companies is a natural fit for the brand.”

Scarlett Leadership Institute was founded in 2006 by Joe Scarlett, retired Chairman and CEO of Tractor Supply Company, to leverage the knowledge of today's best business leaders to counsel and teach the next generation with custom programs and courses aimed at mid- and senior-level executives. Prior to joining the Scarlett Leadership Institute in 2006, Fink served as director of Belmont University’s Center for Professional Development, and vice president of operations at Williamson Medical Center. For more information about Scarlett Leadership Institute, visit www.scarlettleadership.com.

About Work Institute Work Institute is a leading authority in workforce intelligence, utilizing evidence-based research methods to capture the employee voice and deliver deep insights that uncover “the why” behind employee thoughts, feelings and behaviors to confidently build and implement successful workplace transformation strategies. Key products and solutions include: exit interviews, stay interviews, engagement studies, onboarding studies, recruitment studies, and custom consulting. Partnering with multiple Fortune 500 clients as well as organizations of all sizes, Work Institute helps companies that seek to purposefully improve retention and engagement. For more information about Work Institute, please visit www.workinstitute.com    


May 9, 2017 Conference Call

Joe Scarlett and Mary Fink welcome special guest Danny Nelms, President of Work Institute to discuss employee engagement .

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April 18, 2017 Conference Call

Joe Scarlett and Mary Fink welcomed special guest Dr. Andrew Johnston to discuss Conflict Management.

Dr. Andrew Johnston is a sought after teacher, coach, and consultant whose personal style and practical approach distinguish his work in corporate, academic, and non-profit contexts. Clients connect easily and deeply with him as he helps them increase their potential and inhabit it fully. Dr. Johnston is known for his commitment to preparing them for real world challenges and opportunities. This means his engagements are focused on results and he equips clients with new insights and strategies they can put to work immediately.

Dr. Johnston connects meaningfully with clients because he knows the charms and challenges of leadership himself. Twenty-five years of surviving and inspiring transformation as a senior-level leader have tested and tempered his own practice, and left him committed to empowering and encouraging others who want to lead and live well.

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