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 expert on human motivation and neuroscience, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based tools for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, 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 key 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and more, 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 critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids. This book became a #1 Canadian bestseller, and has been translated into 10 languages and won the 2015 US News International Book Award.

In the media, Dr. Kang is a writer with articles featured in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, and Time magazine. She is a recognized media expert for on health, lifestyle, motivation, leadership, workplace culture, and 21st century skills, and 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.

An entertaining and experienced speaker, Dr. 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, professional athletes, national politicians, CEOs, and even a Miss Universe! Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than half a million times.

Dr. Kang is seriously concerned about the direction of humanity and has made promoting mental health and wellness a priority. She is the Founder and CEO of Dolphin KIDS: Achievement Programs in Canada; Dolphin POD: Life Skills Center In India; and, Dolphin Early Learning Online. These organizations offer positive mindset & social-emotional training programs for students, teachers, and parents around the world.

Dr. Kang was honored with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service. She has also 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.


The Future-Ready Leader: Neuroscience Tools for Innovation, Connection, and Resilience in Our Ever-changing World

What is a future-ready leader?
Future-ready leaders have three areas of expertise that will give them the edge in our rapidly changing, globally connected, and ultra-competitive modern world: resilience, connection, and innovation.

Why do future-ready leaders need these 3 areas of expertise?

Resilience: Stress is the #1 health epidemic of our fast-paced 21st century. Success requires a positive mindset, emotional management, grit, and the ability to bounce back from obstacles with renewed strength.

Connection: Our world is increasingly automated and artificial. Those who master authenticity, empathy, positive relationships, and diverse modes of meaningful connection will have the advantage.

Innovation: We are living in a time of unprecedented change & competition. The future will favor those who can navigate, pivot, and adapt their skills and consistently develop fresh and original ideas.

How can these 3 areas of expertise be developed?
The good news is that the 3 future-ready skills are hardwired in all of us. It is our natural human state to overcome, bond, and innovate. We just need to use our innate biological tools.

This talk will provide 3-9 effective and immediately applicable neuroscience-based tools for future-ready leadership. Some examples include tools for mindfulness, visualization, storytelling, empathy, motivation, adaptability, anti-groupthink, and disruption.

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.

The Dolphin Way 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

  • Adaptability: The one skill needed for lasting success
  • A deeper dive into diversity and inclusiveness in the Workplace
  • Cannabis in the workplace: Navigating issues of brain, body, motivation, & social health.
  • Integrating mindful focus in our increasingly distracted world
  • How to balance technology for human health, happiness, and achievement
  • Raising balanced kids in an imbalanced world
  • A leader’s guide to creating a motivated workplace
  • Navigating opposing realities: 21st century stress & innovation

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.

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!