The COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon many unexpected changes in the transportation and logistics marketplace, and this is especially true for business owners and leaders in the enterprise. The stress of having to suddenly close your business and managing diminishing bottom lines can bring the strongest person to their knees. Remaining mentally strong during this crisis is essential to future success. In this presentation, Dr. Kirleen Neely will outline specific tools and strategies business owners can use to thrive through the pandemic.

Attend this session to learn how to:

  • Develop specific strategies to decrease stress, anxiety and fatigue for you and your workforce
  • Improve your understanding of the secret ways stress shows up in a crisis
  • Uncover how your backstory effects coping strategies

Presented by Dr. Kirleen Neely, CEO of Neely Counseling Center, PLLC


Dr. Kirleen Neely has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years and has been the chief executive officer of Neely Counseling Center, PLLC, since 2001. She has enjoyed serving in an array of capacities throughout her career, including a psychotherapist, professor, consultant, and counselor supervisor. Working with a wide variety of populations and diagnoses has given her a full breadth of experience in the mental health field. She has appeared on national radio and television shows as a guest expert speaking about confidence, self-esteem, anxiety, and relationship satisfaction. Dr. Neely’s children’s’ book titled Straight Talk was published in 2014 and has won the prestigious Indie Excellence Book award, finalist division. This book is a culmination of Dr. Neely’s groundbreaking qualitative research in the area of hair shaming and self-esteem for girls of color. She has also published numerous articles on this topic. In 2017 she joined the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School as a behavioral health consultant. In that role, she speared headed an effort to combat the epidemic of physician suicide and implemented the medical school’s first physician counseling program. Dr. Neely currently manages the day to day operations of her counseling center and serves as an adjunct professor for St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She spends a large portion of her time writing, teaching, and speaking to an audience on issues related to self-esteem and anxiety. Dr. Neely is licensed by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors and is an approved Counselor Supervisor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Prairie View A & M University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from St. Mary’s University. She is supported by her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Tracks: Leadership | HR/Talent Management