Dr. Shimi Kang
Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur
An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the key 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.
Dr. Kang is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid and The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids. This critically acclaimed book became a #1 Canadian Bestseller, released in Germany, Russia, and China, and won the 2015 US News International Book Award.
Whether as a parent, educator, colleague, or manager, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” hinder internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model: the intelligent, strong, happy, and highly social dolphin. By drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows how this authoritative style encourages self-motivation and the key 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, contribution, creativity, and critical thinking.
Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science, unforgettable true stories, and her own life experiences to support her message: as the fifth child of immigrant parents, she was never pushed, hovered over, or enrolled in a single extra-curricular activity. Internally driven by passion and purpose, Dr. Kang entered medical school at the age of 19, completed her fellowship at Harvard, and has excelled in diverse sectors such as medicine, management, publishing, and business while being a mom of three fantastic and exhausting children!
In the media, Dr. Kang is a writer with articles featured in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, South China Morning Post, and Time magazine. She is a recognized media expert for discussing both common and complex conditions such as health, lifestyle, motivation, leadership, workplace culture, and 21st century skills. She has been invited to contribute to major news outlets such as NPR, CBC National News and Radio, CTV National, Al Jazeera, Der Speigel, and Washington Post.
Dr. Kang is an entertaining and experienced speaker. She has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. Dr. Kang has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, professional athletes, national politicians, CEOs, and even a Miss Universe! At her TEDx presentation, Dr. Kang skillfully combined her knowledge of motivation into her talk for a unique “therapeutic presentation” that lead to a standing ovation.
Dr. Kang is seriously concerned about the direction of humanity and has made promoting mental health and wellness a priority. She is Global Presence Ambassador – a humanitarian organization that works to promote life skills for youth around the world. She has recently launched DolphinKIDS: Future-Ready Leaders, her own Innovation, Leadership, and Wellness Programs for youth in Canada, US, and India.
Dr. Kang was honored with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service. She has received five national awards in the field of addictions and mental health including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award and was the 2016 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health and Wellness for Vancouver.