Dr. Shimi Kang

Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.

Dr. Kang is currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia and has made promoting wellness a priority. She is also the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-Ready Leaders — an organization that offers positive mindset and social-emotional life skills programs to students, teachers, and parents around the world — and CEO of Spark Mindset.

A thought leader, Kang has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and The Washington Post. Her featured blogs can be found in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and TIME magazine. She is also the host of “Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang” on YouTube.

Kang is also the author of The Self-Motivated Kid, and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which is a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her latest book, The Tech Solution, provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.

An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times.

Kang has been honored with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service.


Navigating Opposing Realities: 21st Century Stress and Innovation

The 21st century is the era of innovation, adaptability, and diversity. At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO) names stress the number one health epidemic of our modern world. Stress directly impedes the generation of new and creative ideas, collaboration, and achievement. Each day, we face the challenge of navigating these two opposing realities. So, how can we best develop the new skillset required for success in our rapidly changing, fast-paced, highly connected, and ultra-competitive modern world?

In this session, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, and bestselling author, Dr. Shimi Kang illuminates the latest research-based methods for adaptability, innovation, collaboration, and lasting success.

Learning objectives for this presentation include:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the opposing realities of modern-day lifestyle pressures and the cultivation of 21st century skills.
  2. Learn the most effective workplace culture that leads to optimal self-motivation, adaptability, communication, and teamwork.
  3. Discover effective activities that lead to future-ready innovation, leadership, and wellness.

The Tech Solution

Technology use is increasingly being linked to anxiety and depression, and Internet Addiction Disorder has now become an official medical diagnosis. Blue light and screen-time is correlated with the disruption of our metabolic rhythms, sleep disorders, and now possibly diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

By applying the same thinking as we do to the food we eat, Dr. Shimi Kang, author of the forthcoming book The Tech Solution, provides a familiar, practical, and powerful plan to understand how tech consumption can lead to optimal health.

This presentation will introduce the concept of a “healthy tech diet”, breaking down how we digest technology into five basic neurochemicals. Just like the food we consume impacts our health, happiness, and performance, the technology we consume impacts us the same way. We must avoid toxic tech which metabolizes into cortisol, limit “snack” tech which leads to dopamine release, and consume healthy tech that provides us with the positive metabolites of endorphins, oxytocin, and serotonin.

By applying sophisticated neuroscience to an everyday metaphor, Dr. Shimi Kang provides a solution to one of the most vexing issues of our time.

The Power of Play

It may sound dramatic but without play we risk our very survival. Why is play so important? Why is play so pervasive throughout nature and all species of life on earth?

Play is how we adapt. Adaptability is the key to survival and success.

For people of every age, play is directly linked to the development of the brain’s prefrontal cortex — the brain region responsible for discriminating relevant from irrelevant information, innovation, decision making, monitoring, and organizing our thoughts and feelings, delaying gratification, and planning for the future. This development directs our highest levels of thinking and functioning. Our need to play is so important that the impulse to play is just as fundamental as our impulse to sleep or eat.

In this fascinating talk, Dr. Shimi Kang will present the science of the seven different types of play, the diversity of play personalities, and how to use play to improve your personal and professional life towards more innovation, connection, resilience, and achievement.

“Play is our highest form of research” – Albert Einstein.

Igniting Our Innate Creative Intelligence

Reality: Science has uncovered that creative intelligence is less than 30% hereditary, and over 70% cultivated. In our modern “conceptual” era, creativity stands out as the number one skill for future leaders. (IBM Global CEO Summit).

Reality: Stress is the #1 health epidemic of the 21st century (World Health Organization), technology is unescapable, and everyone is “too busy.” Stress, distraction, and busyness all directly impede the development of creative intelligence.

Solution: More than 100,000 years of human evolution has led to an exquisite system connecting the specialized neurons of the brain, heart, and gut. We now have science on how the human intuition system works and how it drives creative intelligence.

Dr. Shimi Kang, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and #1 bestselling author, will take the audience on a journey through the art and science of how to realize optimal creative intelligence in our modern world. This presentation will specifically cover the value of engaging in the powerful triad of creativity developers — play (cognitive agility), others (social connection), and downtime (relaxed wakefulness).

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!

Achieving Lasting Success Through Adaptability

In 2014, Dr. Shimi Kang gave a TEDx talk called “What One Skill = An Awesome Life?” Six years and 2.5 million views later, her answer of adaptability continues to ring true. Over the next few weeks and months, our daily lives will continue to change in unexpected and unknown ways. If there was ever a time to become a master of adaptability, it’s now.

In this webinar, Kang will unpack the science behind adaptability and how it can help you in your personal and professional life.

Audiences will learn:

  • The science of adaptability and how it leads to lasting success.
  • The five key components of adaptability.
  • The three ways people are able to adapt, with a live practice of each method.

This webinar is broken down into three, 15-minute segments. Each segment includes ten minutes of science and storytelling, and a five-minute interactive component. Total runtime is 50 minutes, with a 10-minute Q&A.

Optimizing Wellness, Innovation, and Self-Motivation in Our New Normal

The World Health Organization declared stress as the #1 health epidemic, with loneliness not far behind. And this was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t know what our new normal will be post-pandemic, other than it will likely be different from our previous lives. So, how do we maintain our health and connection during these stressful times? How can we innovate our products, services, and daily lives to fit such rapid change? And how can we stay self-motivated to accomplish all this?

Dr. Shimi Kang helps teams build and practice essential life skills — such as self-care, connection, resiliency, and creativity — to go beyond “getting through this” and move towards optimization, and even peak performance, to meet the demands of the months ahead.

This program includes a brief online needs assessment prior to the virtual presentation to better understand the interest and needs of the audience. The webinar is broken down into three, 15-minute segments. Each segment includes 10 minutes of science and storytelling, and a five-minute interactive component. Total runtime is 50 minutes, with a 10-minute Q&A.

Understanding Mental Health and Wellness in Times of Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly changed our lives in countless ways, leading to increased stress, worry, and challenge for all of us. In these difficult times, it’s also important to build a deeper understanding of the human mind, wellness, and mental health. A recent Angus Reid survey shows that 50% of people feel their mental health has become a little or a lot worse since the pandemic began.

Dr. Shimi Kang takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the latest neuroscience, medical research, and practical tools to help leaders, teams, and organizations achieve better wellness, motivation, adaptability, and innovation to best meet the demands of the weeks and months to come.

Audiences will learn:

  • The latest scientific frameworks to best understand wellness, motivation, mental health, and addictions.
  • Mental health risk factors, and signs and symptoms in the workplace (online and offline).
  • Practical tools drawn from evidence-based therapies such as mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectic behavior therapy, and more.

This 50-minute virtual presentation includes three “Ask the Psychiatrist” Q&A periods throughout it to encourage audience participation and interaction. It is broken down into 15-minute segments (10 minutes of storytelling, plus 5-minute Q&A), and ends with an additional 5-minute Q&A period.

Mental Health and Wellness Services

Would your organization benefit from enhanced strategies for wellness, mental health, communication, and workplace culture during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond?

Harvard-trained psychiatrist, bestselling author, and expert on the science of human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang brings groups on a fascinating journey through neuroscience and motivational change research to share practical tools that will help organizations achieve better wellness, connection, adaptability, and productivity.

Kang provides customized consultation that can include a variety of services to meet your organization’s needs:

  • Company-wide events such as keynote virtual presentations to ensure broad access to key concepts.
  • Small group sessions for specific roles/issues.
  • 1:1 support including medical treatment if needed.
  • Customized evidence-based resources.
  • Customized weekly e-newsletter with “mental wealth” tips.

The Power of Play

“Play is our highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

It may sound dramatic but without play we risk our very survival. Play is how we adapt, learn through trial and error, innovate, connect, and stay healthy in body and mind. Now is the time to play.

For people of all ages, play is directly linked to the development of the brain’s prefrontal cortex — the region responsible for discriminating relevant from irrelevant information, decision making, monitoring and organizing our thoughts and feelings, delaying gratification, and planning for the future. This development directs our highest levels of thinking and functioning, and is just as fundamental as our impulse to sleep or eat.

In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Shimi Kang will present the science behind the seven different types of play, the diversity of play personalities, and how play can improve our personal and professional lives through building resiliency, connection, innovation, and achievement.

This program begins with brain-activating, pre-presentation exercises. The webinar will be broken down into 5-7-minute segments that combine science, storytelling, and an interactive review of each play exercise. Total runtime is 50 minutes, with a 10-minute Q&A.

Celebrity Services

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