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Bio
Kathy B. Dempsey is one of America’s leading change experts. As President of Keep Shedding! Inc., Kathy ignites people and organizations with the motivation and practical skills to successfully lead and manage change. Some of her clients include: Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Verizon Wireless, Disney, Procter & Gamble, Delta Air Lines, and the National Association of Healthcare Quality.
Kathy Dempsey knows change…
Her “signature story” is her transformation from working as an ER/trauma nurse to becoming the first health care worker in America to be diagnosed positive for AIDS as a result of workplace exposure. Kathy received national attention as a result of this hospital-based event that made her a “poster child” for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The diagnosis, which was a death sentence in the mid-80s, was confirmed with multiple positive tests. Months later, all tests returned negative. Was it a miracle or medical error? Nobody can explain it. What’s certain is that the three-month period Kathy lived with that traumatic diagnosis was a life-altering experience.
This event forced Kathy to learn about hard changes in life and how to adapt to them. What emerged was a new life philosophy: SHED. Today Kathy’s presentations reach far beyond that experience. They are a wake-up call to provide focus, inspiration and practical tools for people to lead and manage change at work and in life. Kathy’s message has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to SHED in places around the world including Europe, Canada, Africa, Mexico and across the United States.
Kathy’s experience includes:
Author of Shed or You’re Dead®: 31 unConventional Strategies for Growth and Change(Writer’s Digest International Book Award)
Author of Shed or You’re Dead Survival Guides (Healthcare Professionals, Employee and Manager versions)
Contributing author for two New York Times Best Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Founder, The Shedding Revolution
Top 5 Healthcare Speaker two years in a row.
Top 10 Finalists in North America’s Next Greatest Speaker.
Led Memorial Health Care System’s strategic organizational development efforts to become one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America.
Past President, National Speaker Association, Philadelphia.
Achieved the highest earned speaker’s designation in the world, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). (Only 7% of all professional speakers hold this exclusive designation of platform excellence.)
Editor of 60 Seconds of Shedding, an e-newsletter read by over 18,000 people around the world.

Kathy’s Programs

Kathy’s most popular keynote: Shed or You're Dead®: How to Stay Alive & Thrive in the Midst of Change (Corporate and Healthcare version keynote)
Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are lost each year due to the inability to get employees to move forward with changes. Why do 75% of all change efforts fail? Largely because people feel left out of the process and lack the skills, knowledge and motivation to adapt to the organization’s new systems, processes and procedures. Can you imagine what your organization would be like if everyone could lead and master change? Organizations that equip their people to SHED faster and quicker will be the ones that survive and thrive!
This interactive keynote session is packed with practical strategies for immediate implementation! Leave empowered to SHED for Success™ and:
• Embrace the concept of shedding and why it is a critical skill in today’s environment.
• Learn the 3 foundational R’s of shedding to stay positive, juggle multiple priorities and do more with less.
• Understand and conquer the 5 reasons why people resist change and won’t SHED!
• Overcome the number one barrier in leading and managing change.
• Increase your effectiveness by 75% by removing the biggest obstacles to a successful and sustainable change.