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 adaptability, leadership, and self-motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang’s unique approach applies contemporary concepts in neuroscience and brain health to today’s most pressing issues.

Kang is a practicing psychiatrist and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. As a thought leader, she 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.

Kang is the author of The Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for a Digital World, which provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks. She 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 bestseller and winner of the US News International Book Award.

In addition, Kang is the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-ready Leaders, CEO of the Get Sparky digital platform, and host of the YouTube series, Mental Wealth. Kang has made promoting practical tools for mental wellness, connection, and adaptability a priority. Through these mediums, she provides positive mindset, social, emotional, and mental health skills for children, youths, and adults around the world.

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 2016 TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed millions of times.

In recognition of her work, Kang has been honoured 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, and a member of the International Women’s Forum.


Adaptability + Diversity = Lasting Success

The two components of thriving longevity in all forms (plants, animals, people, organizations, or empires) can be distilled into one equation: adaptability + diversity = lasting success. Meaning, the best fit or most adaptive species within an environment that provides access to diverse skills, perspectives, and solutions will thrive.

In our rapidly changing, globally connected modern world marked by exponential growth and disruption of age-old paradigms, this equation is more important than ever. In this talk, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, bestselling author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Shimi Kang will dive deep into the science of lasting success and its two key components:

  1. Adaptability: Humans are innately hardwired for an extraordinary ability to adapt through the powerful concept of neuroplasticity. Our brains can learn, change, and innovate at any time under the right conditions. Learn the how, when, and why of neuroplasticity and apply these tools to your personal and professional life.
  2. Diversity: Humans are a wildly diverse species. Learn how to tap into the vast potential of human diversity including science-based tools for anti-groupthink, identity formation, branding, and innovation.

This presentation will help audiences master practical tools to enhance adaptability and diversity in the workplace, classroom, and at home to become future-ready for the inevitable challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

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, which directly impedes 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 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:

  • Develop a better understanding of the opposing realities of modern-day lifestyle pressures and the cultivation of 21st century CQ (cultural intelligence) skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, contribution, and creativity.
  • Learn the most effective workplace culture components that leads to optimal self-motivation, adaptability, and teamwork.
  • Discover simple, effective tools that lead to innovation, leadership, and wellness.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

Our Brains, Bodies, Behaviours, and Tech: How to Maximize the Benefits and Minimize the Risks

In her latest book, The Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for Kids Growing Up in A Digital World, Dr. Shimi Kang describes technology as the “fire of our time”, recognizing that harnessing the power of fire was a major step in human evolution. Those who did it well, went further and farther than ever before. Those who did not, got burned. We are at the same pivotal point in human history with the power of technology.

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.

Technology has the power to disrupt age-old institutions and paradigms and influence our attitudes, beliefs, and geopolitical landscapes like never before.

Join Dr. Shimi Kang as she outlines how to harness the power of technology to optimize our health, connection, and innovation while steering clear of the serious dangers of persuasive design, addiction, and toxic tech. By simplifying sophisticated neuroscience into the five ingredients of a “tech diet”, Kang provides a solution to one of the most vexing issues of our time.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

Three Ways to Rethink the Workplace in Our Ever-Changing World

As the world continues to adjust to the shifting realities of these uncertain times, workplaces have an opportunity to rethink the previous methods of consumer engagement and workplace culture, and their impact on a company’s bottom line. Research indicates several identifiable challenges and opportunities in our new, ever-changing, interconnected world.

Dr. Shimi Kang is a leading neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and bestselling author. In this timely keynote, she explores three key areas to prepare for in the future of work and provides science-based tools that can be immediately applied in the workplace, classroom, and at home.

In this interactive presentation, Kang will use science and storytelling to provide tools for:

  • Mental health and resilience, including how to address predicted issues of social anxiety, in-person work routine, habit formation, and emotional stress.
  • Social connection and collaboration, including dealing with other’s views, misinformation, conspiracy theories, distraction, and disconnection.
  • Adaptability, innovation, and tapping into peak performance potentials during periods of turmoil, uncertainty, and transition.

Following her presentation, Kang will provide organizers with an executive summary that includes links to resources and tools. She can also provide science-based pre- and post-event communication options to help promote and continue the integration process.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

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.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

Optimizing Wellness, Innovation, and Self-Motivation

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 presentation is also available as a workshop.

Achieving Lasting Success Through Adaptability

In 2014, Dr. Shimi Kang gave a TEDx talk called “What One Skill = An Awesome Life?” Millions of 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 presentation, 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 emphasized through exercises to practice each method.

This presentation is also available as a workshop.

Three Ways to Rethink Education in Our Ever-Changing World

In May 2021, The International Women’s Forum asked Dr. Shimi Kang, “what are three ways to rethink student education in response to COVID-19?” Her response — to propose a new dimension of learning based on neuro-education and incorporating social, emotional, and cognitive skills — was welcomed around the world. Kang believes we cannot go back to “normal”. We must act now to change the trajectory of this generation, predicted to be the first in human history to not outlive the one that came before them.

Kang will provide science-based solutions that every parent, teacher, administrator, and caregiver can use to guide today’s youth towards a deeper, powerful, more innate use of their own incredible neurobiology.

In this interactive presentation, Kang will use science and storytelling to provide tools for:

  • Understanding the stress vs. learning systems that are universally applicable to all students regardless of age, gender identity, culture, and background.
  • Regulating the function of the gut brain through emotional skills and practices.
  • Enhancing the connections of the heart brain through social skills training.
  • Optimizing the intelligence of the head brain through cognitive skills.

Following her presentation, Kang will provide organizers with an executive summary that includes links to practical resources and tools. She can also provide science-based pre- and post-event communication options to help promote and continue the learning integration process.

Creating Habits for Wellness, Innovation, and Self-Motivation

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Shimi Kang will teach simple, proven tools for wellness, innovation, and self-motivation. She will present the latest science and practical tips for developing and maintaining healthy habits for:

  • Mental “wealth”, including how to reduce emotional stress and enhance resilience.
  • Self-motivation, including how to best motivate and inspire each other.
  • Innovation and tapping into our innate adaptability and creativity.

Adaptability + Diversity = Lasting Success

The two components of thriving longevity in all forms (plants, animals, people, organizations, or empires) can be distilled into one equation: adaptability + diversity = lasting success. Meaning, the best fit or most adaptive species within an environment that provides access to diverse skills, perspectives, and solutions will thrive.

In our rapidly changing, globally connected modern world marked by exponential growth and disruption of age-old paradigms, this equation is more important than ever. In this talk, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, bestselling author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Shimi Kang will dive deep into the science of lasting success and its two key components:

  1. Adaptability: Humans are innately hardwired for an extraordinary ability to adapt through the powerful concept of neuroplasticity. Our brains can learn, change, and innovate at any time under the right conditions. Learn the how, when, and why of neuroplasticity and apply these tools to your personal and professional life.
  2. Diversity: Humans are a wildly diverse species. Learn how to tap into the vast potential of human diversity including science-based tools for anti-groupthink, identity formation, branding, and innovation.

This workshop will help audiences master practical tools to enhance adaptability and diversity in the workplace, classroom, and at home to become future-ready for the inevitable challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

How to Manage Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Dr. Shimi Kang will review the top three mental health categories for workplace disability, absenteeism, and presenteeism. Through the presentation of three case studies, she 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 three practical mindfulness-based strategies that can be immediately integrated into any situation. Participants will leave this workshop with research-backed tools proven to enhance social, emotional, and cognitive performance anytime, anywhere!

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