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Kathy Dempsey, RN, CSP Arizona
Kathy Dempsey

Kathy B. Dempsey, President of Keep Shedding! Inc., is an award winning author, keynote speaker and recognized change expert. Kathy ignites organizations to SHED for Success by infusing them with timely change management tools, innovative employee engagement strategies and accelerated methods for building traction and accountability.

As a former hospital executive, she strategically led Memorial Health Care System's organizational development efforts to become one of top 100 hospitals in America. Her most popular book, Shed or You're Dead®: 31 Unconventional Strategies for Growth and Change, is the recipient of a Writer's Digest International Book Award.

Her "signature story" is her transformation as an ER/trauma nurse who became the first health care worker in America to be diagnosed positive for AIDS as a result of workplace exposure. She received national attention as a result of this life-altering hospital-based event that "made her a poster child" for the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The diagnosis, a death sentence in the mid-80s, was confirmed with multiple positive tests. Months later, all tests returned negative. A miracle or medical error? No one is able to explain. The 3 months that Kathy lived with that traumatic diagnosis was a life-altering experience.

Kathy has inspired thousands of people to SHED in places around the world including Europe, Canada, Africa, Mexico and across the United States. Her presentations reach far beyond that experience to build a touchstone with each member of the audience. Her dramatic account provides focus, inspiration and practical tools for people to lead and master change in their personal and professional lives.


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  • Shed or You're Dead® - How to Stay Alive & Thrive in the Midst of Turbulent Change - Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are lost each year due to the inability to get employees to move forward with changes. Why do 75% of all change efforts fail? Largely because people feel left out of the process and lack the skills, knowledge and motivation to adapt to the organization's new systems, processes and procedures. Organizations that equip their people to SHED faster and quicker will be the ones that survive and thrive!

    This interactive keynote session is packed with practical strategies for immediate implementation! Leave empowered to SHED for Success™ and be able to:
    • Embrace the concept of shedding and why it is a critical skill in today's environment.
    • Learn the 3 foundational R's of shedding to stay positive, juggle multiple priorities and do more with less.
    • Understand and conquer the 5 reasons why people resist change and won't SHED!
    • Overcome the number one barrier in leading, managing and mastering change.
    • Increase your effectiveness by 75% by removing the biggest obstacles to a successful and sustainable change.


  • Who Killed Communication? - Experience this highly interactive engaging murder mystery that takes a closer look at what kills communication within organizations. This session will help you identify the 9 characteristics of an outstanding communicator, understanding the barriers that prevent good communication and acquire 31 strategies for keeping communication alive! Each attendee will develop an action plan on how to improving communication within their organization. By the end of the session, with everyone's help the murder mystery is solved. Miss Communication (miscommunication) always kills communication!
Shed or You're Dead Survival Guide: Shed or You're Dead
Shed or You're Dead: 31 Unconventional Strategies for Growth & Change Survival Guide: Shed or You're Dead - A Fast Acting Change Rx for Healthcare Professionals

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