Dr. Shimi Kang

Speaker, Celebrity


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 former 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.

Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science, unforgettable true stories, and her own life experiences to show how to develop self-motivation, adaptability, and the key 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, contribution, creativity, and critical thinking.

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 led 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.


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

One in four employees has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and everyone deals with daily stress.

Psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang illustrates the many ways in which stress and mental illness affects productivity and, in turn, profitability – especially in modern workplace. She provides the science behind the current rising trends and discusses how business leaders can successfully reduce the risk of having a mentally unhealthy workforce.

In this talk, Dr. Kang provides proven individual and organizational “prescriptions” that can be used both personally and professionally. These practical everyday strategies and tools will optimize an organization and improve the bottom line.

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 discusses the science behind adaptability & neuroplasticity, and the core ingredients of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

She explains how these key 21st century skills and adaptability are needed now more than ever in our rapidly changing, globally connected, and ultra-competitive modern world.

Dr. Kang leaves the audience with numerous practical evidence-based “prescriptions” that lead to adaptability and lasting success.

How to Balance Technology for Human Health, Happiness, and Achievement

Around 2012, researchers noticed disturbing trends in human behaviors, emotional states, and medical conditions. In large and small scale scientific studies and in dining rooms, classrooms, and board rooms around the globe, the impact of how human lifestyle was changing was becoming clear. What happened around this time to cause such dramatic shifts in the functioning of the individual, group, and organization? In 2012, the percentage of Americans who owned a mobile smartphone surpassed 50%. The daily life of the average person in the developed world became radically different from those of past generations. We know technology has changed global structures, entire industries, and how we spend our time; but had technology changed the form and function of the human brain?

The exponential growth of technology means that humans must acquire the skills and mindset to pair technological growth with our innate human intelligence. If we do, we will realize the problem-solving potential that human and machine interaction can provide. If we do not, we risk losing both human and machine capabilities and its implications for the individual and society.

Objectives for this talk include:

  • Understanding of the neuroscience behind the benefits and drawbacks of technology use
  • Understanding for the optimal use of technology in your unique personal and professional life
  • An action plan to enhance the utilization of optimal technology in your environment

Integrating Mindfulness for Optimal Achievement in Our Increasingly Stressful World

It’s not your imagination; stress is everywhere and getting worse. According to the World Health Organization, stress is the #1 health epidemic of the 21st century. Stress is eroding our health, happiness, and achievement in insidious, obvious, and profound ways.

In this keynote session, Dr. Shimi Kang will take the audience on a fascinating tour of the science of stress and how it impacts and our physical, mental, creative, and social health. She introduces and integrates the concept of mindfulness as a simple (but not easy) practice scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve healthy, and maximize performance in both our personal and professional lives.

The Dolphin Model of Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids: For Parents and Educators

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 almost 20 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 kids are seriously under-preparing them for real life by impeding their self-motivation, sense of community, and ability to adapt.

In this dynamic presentation, 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 or educator, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” models hinder kids’ internal drive and adaptability.

She proposes a powerful interpersonal model for raising the next generation: the intelligent, strong, joyful, and highly social “dolphin” approach.

By drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows how the dolphin style encourages self-motivation and the key 21st century skills of “CQ”: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and contribution.

Dr. Kang provides 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.

Enhancing Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Skills (SEC) In the Workplace, Classroom, and Home

The research is clear: social, emotional, and cognitive learning is a powerful initiative linked to the reduction of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addiction, and violence. At the same time, the science shows improved attendance, test/evaluation results, and prosocial behavior such as kindness, empathy and personal awareness.

Increasingly workplaces, learning environments, and individuals are placing social, emotional, and cognitive skills at the core of their initiatives and as an integral part of personal and professional achievement.

Join this interactive keynote to:

  • Review the latest research-based methods for developing social, emotional and cognitive learning.
  • Practice specific social, emotional, and cognitive learning activities.
  • Develop a plan of action for integrating social, emotional, and cognitive learning into your unique environment.

Additional Topics

  • How Our Amazing Brain Works
  • Raising Balanced Kids in an Imbalanced World
  • How to Balance Technology for Human Health, Happiness, and Achievement
  • A Leader’s Guide to Creating a Motivated Workplace
  • Navigating Opposing Realities: 21st Century Stress & Future-Ready Intelligence
  • Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World
  • The Neuroscience of Success
  • It’s Not IQ vs. EQ! Consciousness Quotient – CQ Is Needed for 21st Century Success
  • Prescriptions for a Healthy Workplace
  • Stress and the Gender Gap – How women and men experience, manage, and overcome challenges
  • A Deeper Dive into Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Workplace

Celebrity Services

Dr. Shimi Kang is available for sponsorships, endorsements, public relations and media spokesperson campaigns, product launches, voiceovers, celebrity appearances, and more.  Please visit The Spotlight Agency for more details.

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

Dr. Kang will review the top 3 mental health categories for workplace disability, absenteeism, and presenteeism. Through the presentation of 3 case studies, Dr. Kang will discuss how each category may uniquely present in the workplace and what steps can be taken for early identification, treatment engagement, and workplace management. Scientifically backed interventions for reducing stigma, improving workplace culture, and engaging employees will be practiced for each scenario.

Practical Mindfulness Based Techniques That Can Be Immediately Applied To the Workplace and Home

You have seen the science and now it’s time to practice! In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Shimi Kang will provide 3 practical mindfulness based strategies that can be immediately integrated into any situation. Participants will leave this workshop with 3 research backed tools proven to enhance social, emotional, and cognitive performance anytime, anywhere!