LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Business leaders got involved in the community-wide conversation on compassion Saturday.

Viterbo University hosted the Compassion Project Workshop, where speakers talked about how bringing compassion into the workplace can build relationships, leadership skills and help a business succeed. Businesses took part in different workshops and created their own works of art to describe compassion.

Organizers say kindness in local businesses is one step in creating a more compassionate community.

"There's a number of us who are engaged in bringing more compassion to the community,” said Tom Thibodeau, one of the organizers. “Our understanding is this: if we can increase our compassion component in the city, we can build a healthier community. Enduring communities are rooted in compassion."

Business leaders are planning a follow-up compassion workshop for March.