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Nancye Combs

NANCYE COMBS has had an impressive career.  She is a voice of authority on Human Resources and Organizational Development.  She speaks, consults, writes, and offers expert witness testimony on workplace issues.  She is President and Chief Executive Officer of HR Enterprise, Inc., in Louisville, KY and spent twenty years as a corporate business executive before founding a consulting practice in 1986.  She provides management advisory services to hundreds of executives in business, industry, education and government in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 

Nancye is the retained consultant for the 1,400 members of Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA), and works extensively with distributors and manufacturers worldwide.  The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) retained her services for its 1,600 members, the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) relies on her expertise for their 1,400 member companies, the Foodservice Equipment Distributors and Manufacturers (FISA) retained her to advise their members.  In 2013, she was retained to advise the members of NAHAD – The National Association of Hose and Accessories Distributors.  In 2014, OPEESA – the Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Distributors Association engaged her to advise their members.  Dozens of companies credit her for their growth and success.  Many turn to her when they face extremely serious human resources, management, and organizational issues.  Her ability to maintain the trust and confidence of CEOs and senior executives have earned her a place in the C-Suites and Board Room. 

More than 1,400 practicing human resources professionals, who have completed the national certification human resources class she has taught at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY during the past 14 years and routinely say, “She has no peer; she is simply the best.”  The pass rate for the class consistently exceeds the national average by as much as 25%.  Graduates cite her role in their education as a qualifying credential on their resumes.  She is also a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin for the Certified Professional Manufacturer’s Representative (CPMR) Program, sponsored by the Manufacturer’s Representative Education Foundation.  She has taught hundreds of supervisory and management classes.  As a nationally recognized expert in employment regulations, she has been engaged to offer an expert opinion and/or testify as an expert by leading law firms throughout the United States on issues related to discrimination and sex harassment.  She has been accepted in Federal Court and testified as an expert.  

Ms. Combs has been a featured speaker at the White House on programs with the President, the Vice President and Members of the US Cabinet.  She was named one of the top women business owners in Louisville and received the Award of Professional Excellence from the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management, which awards a scholarship in her name.  She is a member of the Louisville Society for Human Resources Management and The Society for Human Resources Management.  She is accredited for life as a Senior Human Resources Professional for accomplishments in her field and graduated from the University of Kentucky and from the University of Louisville with a coveted 4.0 point grade average.  She has served as Board Chair for numerous charitable organizations and her services as a member of community service boards are constantly in demand.  She is widely known and respected in the non-profit community.    

Nancye is frequently found on the platform speaking to business executives who want to learn from her.  More than 100 articles on managing people at work written by Ms. Combs appear in leading business publications and the press often solicits her views on contemporary business topics.  Google her name on the Internet to learn more about the work of Nancye Combs.


University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences – Psychology       
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law -  Employment Law
University of Wisconsin - Labor Relations
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honorary                          
  • Mortar Board
  • B.A., Psychology • Summa Cum Laude                    
  •  Woodcock Society (Welch Award)
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honorary
  • Dean's Scholar (4.0 GPA)                                              
  • Certified to Teach                              

 University of Kentucky (JCC)

  • A.A. Degree with Highest Distinction                      
  •  Distinguished Alumna Award 
  • President, Student Body                                          
  •  Intercollegiate Speech Champion – KY                
  • Student Member, Board of Trustees                                 



  • Webster University • Human Resources & Organizational Development, Master’s Program
  • Bryant & Stratton Business College • Business Administration

Human Resources Certification Institute, Alexandria, VA

Accredited Executive in Personnel (AEP) - 1982

  • Re-accredited by accomplishment - 1985
  • SPHR - 1988 (hold lifetime certification for accomplishments in the field of human resources)

 Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

Distinguished lecturer and Instructor to more than 1,400 human resources executives, attorneys, and human resources professionals preparing for national SHRM certification examination.  Pass rate consistently exceeds the national average by as much as 25%.  (2001-Present)

 University of Texas – Austin, TX

 Faculty member of the CPRM – Certified Professional Manufacturer’s Representative certification course.  2011-2015 - Teach Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning

Teaching Experience

  • Strategic Business Management
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resources Development
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Labor and Employee Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Leadership
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Organizational Development
  • Discrimination Avoidance – All Civil Rights Protected Classes



Komen for the Cure – Board Development Committee

St. Joseph’s Children’s Home • Executive Advisor to the Board of Directors

Louisville Science Center • Board of Directors                                                                                                        

Louisville International Cultural Center (World Affairs Council)  • Board President

Louisville Chapter of American Red Cross • Personnel Committee • 20 Year Service Pin

Louisville Education & Employment Partnership • 13 years – Chair of the Board 

Louisville and Jefferson County Private Industry Council • Chair of the Board

ACCESS Center • A public/private partnership for the Disabled • Founding Member and Chairman of the Board

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.  • Board of Directors, Board Member and Chair of the Board)

Cain Center for the Disabled, Inc. • Chairman of the Board of Directors

 Top Woman Business Owner of the Year Award 

An award presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) honoring the top women business owners of the year in Louisville for their success in business ownership.

Outstanding Private Sector Volunteer

An award honoring the private sector business person in Kentucky who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the workforce through efforts made in workforce education and training for the multiple barriers disadvantaged.  Presented by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Human Resources.

 Exemplary Mentor

An award presented by the Louisville Education and Employment Partnership for commitment to mentoring at-risk students to prevent dropout and promote successful transition to adulthood.