Dr. Shimi Kang

Speaker, Celebrity


Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Author of #1 National Bestseller, The Dolphin Way

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 important 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.

Dr. Kang is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Dolphin Way: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids (Without Turning Into a Tiger) and The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise a Healthy, Happy Child Who Knows What they Want and Goes After It (Without Being Told). The Dolphin Way is a #1 National Bestseller and was launched internationally in countries including Germany, Russia, and China.

Whether as a parent, educator, colleague, or manager, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” models hinder people’s internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model: the intelligent, strong, joyful, and highly social “dolphin.” By drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows how this authoritative style encourages self-motivation and “CQ”: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science, unforgettable true stories, and her own life experience 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, she entered medical school at the age of 19, completed her fellowship at Harvard, and has excelled in diverse sectors such as medicine, management, publishing, media, and business while being a mom of three fantastic and exhausting children!

Dr. Kang is a writer with articles featured in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, South China Morning Post, and TIME magazine. She has been invited to appear on major news networks such as NPR, CBC National News and Radio, CTV National, Global News, Al Jazeera, and Breakfast Television. She is a recognized media expert for discussing both common and complex conditions and has contributed to international newspapers, online media, magazines, and broadcast news.

Dr. Kang is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. She has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. Her audiences have comprised healthcare professionals, parents, educators, lawyers, accountants, bankers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and corporate executives. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, professional athletes, national politicians, best-selling authors, top CEOs and even a Miss Universe! At her recent TEDx presentation, she skillfully combined her knowledge of motivation into her talk for a unique “therapeutic presentation” that lead to a standing ovation.

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 was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service, and has received five national awards in the field of addictions and mental health including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award.


The Self-Motivated Leader

We are the most informed generation of parents and educators that have ever walked the planet, yet we are raising children with rising rates of stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addiction, obesity, and diabetes. Medical history was made when being from a higher socioeconomic class became a risk factor for adolescent anxiety, depression, and substance use.

In over 15 years of working directly with countless children and families, Dr. Kang has witnessed firsthand how today’s modern lifestyle and trends of over-scheduling, over-instructing, and overprotecting are seriously under-preparing our children for real life by impeding their self-motivation, sense of community, and ability to adapt.

In her dynamic presentation “The Self-Motivated Leader”, Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science and unforgettable stories from around the world to walk audiences through her three-part method for raising healthy, happy, self-motivated kids. Whether as a parent, educator, colleague, or manager, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” models hinder internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model: the intelligent, strong, joyful, 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 “CQ”: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and contribution. Dr. Kang will provide the audience with “prescriptions” to cultivate the essential skills needed for true success in our globally connected, fast paced, and ultra-competitive 21st century world.

Adaptability: The One Skill Needed for Lasting Success

“All success is successful adaptation and all failure is the failure to adapt”

Whether in the natural world, the business world, or one’s personal world, the ability to adapt is the one skill consistently proven to lead to lifelong success. But what are the ingredients of adaptation? How, why, and when do we adapt?

In this talk, Dr Kang will discuss the science behind adaptability and its core ingredients of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. She will explain how these key 21st century skills and adaptability are needed now more than ever in our rapidly changing, globally connected, and ultracompetitive modern world. Lastly, Dr. Kang will leave the audience with numerous practical evidence-based “prescriptions” that lead to adaptability and lasting success.

Optimizing Mental Health and Profitability: How to Manage Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

1 in 4 employees have a diagnosable mental health disorder and everyone deals with daily stress.

Dr. Shimi Kang will share the science behind stress and mental health issues in the workplace. She will provide a background of the current rising trends in stress and mental illness and discuss how business leaders can mitigate the risk of having a mentally unhealthy workforce. She will outline how stress and mental illness affects productivity, and in turn, profitability – especially in the modern day workplace. Lastly, Dr Kang will leave the audience with practical everyday “prescriptions” they can use both personally and professionally to empower their workforce and improve their bottom line.

The Self-Motivated Kid

Child psychiatrist and mother of three, Dr. Shimi Kang shows us how to empower and motivate our kids–putting them on the path toward lifelong happiness and success. Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, The Self-Motivated Kid shows why pushy or permissive parents actually hinder self-motivation.

She asks parents to focus on maintaining balance in their children’s lives and gently yet authoritatively guide them toward developing traits that will help them thrive in an increasingly complex world: adaptability, community-mindedness, creativity, and critical thinking.

As the daughter of immigrant parents who struggled to give their children the “best” in life–Dr. Kang’s mother could not read, her father taught her math while they drove around in his taxicab, and she was never in a single “activity”–Dr. Kang argues that often the simplest “benefits” we give our children are the most important.

A Leader’s Guide to Creating a Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Workplace

Few speakers are able to lay out the neuroscience, biology, psychology, and reality of motivation like Dr. Shimi Kang.

A Harvard trained specialist, Dr. Kang knows exactly how to harness motivation toward health, happiness, and lasting success. She combines irrefutable science with unforgettable stories in a whirlwind tour that leaves her audiences with the tools to be better leaders and managers, and create a culture of healthy, happy and motivated people.

In this talk, Dr. Kang will cover:

  • The science of how humans are naturally motivated;
  • Daily activities that will enable managers and leaders bring out the best in themselves and those around them; and
  • Tools and tips on how to build a more collaborative, engaged and productive culture of excellence.

Dolphin Parenting: How to Raise Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids… Without Turning into a Tiger

We are the most informed generation of parents that have ever walked the planet, yet we are raising children with rising rates of stress, obesity, diabetes, and mental illness. Medical history was recently made when being from a higher socioeconomic class became a risk factor for adolescent anxiety, depression, and substance use.

In over 10 years of working directly with countless children and families, Dr. Kang has witnessed firsthand how today’s trends of over-scheduling, over-instructing, and overprotecting are seriously under-preparing our children for real life by standing in the way of their self-motivation.

In this inspiring talk, Dr. Shimi Kang will provide a guide to the art and science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning.

Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang proposes a powerful new parenting metaphor: the intelligent, joyful, and highly social dolphin. Dolphins are not authoritarian tiger-parents who push and hover nor are they permissive jellyfish parents. Dolphin parents’ use a balanced authoritative relationship and a balanced lifestyle to guide their children towards self-motivation. This allows Dolphin children to have what Tiger children don’t – the ability to adapt by possessing the identified 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Life is a journey through ever-changing waters, and we know that the most valuable asset we can give our children is the development of their own inner compass. By combining irrefutable science with unforgettable real-life stories, Dr. Kang will walk the audience through “prescriptions” to cultivate the essential skills needed for true success in our globally connected, fast paced, and ultra-competitive 21st century world.

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

How is it that we are seeing rising rates of lifestyle related conditions such as anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes, and addiction despite being the most informed generation of humans in history with access to most conveniences? Even though these conditions are rooted in our genetics, the fact that they rising has nothing to do with our genes and everything to do with our imbalanced world that considers sleep deprivation a symbol of ambition and being “too busy” a symbol of importance.

In this talk, Dr. Kang will address society’s toxic messages head on and show how they not only harm our health, but impede our ability to compete and succeed. She will review the science of a balanced lifestyle and how this directly cultivates intuition, self-motivation, adaptability and the key 21st century skills. She will leave the audience with greater hope and confidence for a life of balance, vitality, and joy. You don’t want to miss this talk!

Can Women Have a Career and Family All At Once?

Do women have to choose between career and kids?  A recent study shows that having a child helps your career, if you are a man. For women, it does the opposite.

So, how can a women move forward in her career and in her personal life? Is there even any room for passion, purpose, and meaning? For the sake of their own children, do women really have to put their own childhood dreams aside?

The answer was no for Dr. Shimi Kang. With three children and a busy career as a psychiatrist, researcher, and speaker, Dr.Kang pursued her own childhood dream of writing a book.

As someone who has helped thousands of her patients work through anxiety, depression, and addiction, Dr. Kang knew how easy it is to lose one’s balance while trying to balance career and kids.

Hear how Dr. Kang balanced her medical practice, university teaching, and household responsibilities, all while “Googling” how to find a literary agent and write a book proposal.

Learn helpful practical tips on how to have a flourishing career, raise children, and maintain one’s own health and intimate relationships. Listen to the inspiring story of how this daughter of an illiterate mother struggled, failed, tried again, and finally wrote a #1 Globe and Mail Bestseller and what that meant to her own family.

It's Not IQ vs. EQ! Consciousness Quotient - CQ Is Needed for 21st Century Success

We are living in the Conceptual Era – the era of concepts and ideas. Unlike the agricultural, manufacturing, or information exchange eras: in today’s world, anything that can be automated or outsourced will be. That leaves leaders with the unprecedented need to develop our most valuable resource – the human resource. Five identified 21st century skills have been well researched and broadly accepted as key skills needed to compete and thrive in our modern world. They are communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking and when we add the timeless competency of contribution, we now have a new dimension of intelligence – Consciousness Quotient – CQ. Unlike IQ (intellectual quotient) which represents general “cortical” skills of logic and technical skill or EQ (emotional quotient) which represents general “limbic” skills of empathy and self-awareness, CQ requires the integration of cortical and limbic areas, IQ and EQ – to provide the key skills needed in our rapidly changing, ultra-competitive, and globally connected modern world.

In this talk, Dr Kang will provide this background and discuss the individual components of CQ. She will prescribe specific tools and activities that are proven to develop CQ.

How Our Amazing Brain Works: Motivation

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. With over 100 billion interconnected neurons, the human brain communicates trillions of messages every split-second.  The human brain is a sheer miracle of complexity so forget trying to understand how it works for elusive experiences like motivation. Contrary to this belief, motivation is actually simple to understand but let’s not be mistaken, simple is not easy!

In this talk, Dr Shimi Kang, an award winning Harvard trained psychiatrist, #1 best-selling author, and researcher will explain the neuroscience behind human motivation. By discussing the real-life activities that stimulate the release of the neurochemical central to motivation – dopamine – Dr Kang will show how staying motivated is simple but not easy. For example, sleep releases dopamine and no one is motivated when they are sleep deprived. Even though sleep itself is simple to do, it’s not easy carry out consistently. Find out what other surprising “simple but not easy” real-life activities that occur in the workplace, classroom, and home will release dopamine and keep us motivated!

Dr. Kang does not just provide an informative and entertaining lecture of how our amazing brains work, she also provides a unique therapeutic experience of motivation. Moving us through the neuroscience of motivation starting at the atomic level to the manifestation of our most powerful emotions, Dr. Kang provides an understandable framework for how our brains work. The audience will leave more knowledgeable, more thoughtful, more grounded, and more inspired to fill the highest potential of their own amazing brains.

Additional Topics

  • Gen Y Millennials in the Workplace
  • The Neuroscience of Success
  • Prescriptions for a Healthy Workplace
  • Maximizing Engagement and Performance

Celebrity Services

Dr. Shimi Kang is available for sponsorships, endorsements, public relations and media spokesperson campaigns, product launches, voiceovers, celebrity appearances, and more.

Guiding Towards Self-Motivation and 21st Century Leadership

In this interactive workshop, Dr Shimi Kang will provide practical communication and lifestyle “prescriptions” proven to enhance self-motivation and cultivate the key 21st century skills. She will utilize real world, everyday scenarios, stories, and problem-solving – providing both the latest scientific research and memorable experiential learning.

Specific content will include:

  • Expansion of the understanding of key concepts of self-motivation, adaptability, and CQ
  • 5 specific evidence based communication tools that lead to self-motivation, adaptability, and CQ
  • 5 specific evidence based lifestyle tools that lead to self-motivation, adaptability, and CQ
  • Time to practice, role-play, and question the theory and utilization of these concepts and tools.