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Shedding Success Rate— 95% of attendees publicly commit to the 30 Day Shedding Challenge.

Partial list of clients

• Albany Medical Center
• Alive Hospice
• American Cancer Society
• American Red Cross
• Avera
• Bayer
• BloodSource
• Catholic Health Initiatives
• CentraState
• Child Welfare Institute
• Christiana Healthcare System
• Conemaugh Health System
• Dekalb Medical Center
• DaVita
• Florida Hospital System
• Geisinger Medical Center
• Holy Cross Hospital
• Inova
• Johnson & Johnson
• Loma Linda University Medical Center
• Mayo Clinic
• Memorial Health Care System
• Ministry Health Care
• National Association of Healthcare Quality
• New York Nurses Association
• Nursing Spectrum
• Norton Health Care System
• Parkland Hospital
• St Luke's Hospital
• Scottsdale Healthcare
• Sentara Healthcare System
• Trends Critical Care Conference
• Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives
• Virginia Health Care System
• Virtua Health Care System
• WI Society for Healthcare Education & Training
• Washington Hospital Center
• Allergan
• Pfizer
• Roche
• Sanofi-Aventis
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Healthcare Keynotes


No Healthcare Organization Can Thrive Unless Their Staff Can SHED!

Kathy Dempsey Keynote Change Management in  Healthcare

Kathy’s most popular keynote: Shed or You're Dead®: How to Stay Alive & Thrive in the Midst of Healthcare Change

Kathy Dempsey Healthcare Keynote speaker

Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are lost each year due to the inability to get employees to move forward with healthcare 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. Can you imagine what your organization would be like if everyone could lead and master change? Health Care 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:

• Embrace the concept of shedding and why it is a critical skill in today's healthcare 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 and managing change.

• Increase your effectiveness by 75% by removing the biggest obstacles to a successful and sustainable change.

"I believe that every healthcare organization in this country could benefit from Kathy’s shedding message about leading change. She gives people permission to SHED! And if they don’t shed, healthcare costs and dysfunction in the workplace will increase!"

Al Cornish,
VP, Norton Health Care System

"Preparing your people to SHED for Success™ and move forward with “whatever changes may take place” is the best health care insurance policy you can buy!"

Joel Schwartz, MD,
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Abington Memorial Hospital

Expanded Keynote with Strategic Shedding Celebration

In addition to the SHED Keynote, fast-track your results with a Strategic Shedding Celebration. It’s a critical component for accelerating organizational transformation. We’ll catapult your team into the future and celebrate your success and achievement of your goal IN ADVANCE. Bring on the balloons, music, and sparkling grape juice. Then get ready for the media interviews asking, “How did you do it?” This prompts your team to reflect and share key steps they have taken to reach their goal. It’s an amazing and powerful exercise that has proven results with our clients such as Honeywell, Norton Healthcare and Verizon Wireless. (Some examples of what some companies have celebrated: J.D. Powers #1 in customer service, The Baldrige Award, or Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For.)

Kathy Dempsey Keynote Speaker - Strategic Change Management Celebration


"The Strategic Shedding Celebration was a tremendous value for our International Six Sigma organization at Honeywell. The session not only provided us an opportunity to create our vision and strategies for the next 2 years, but ensured buy-in from the organization by engaging all the participants in the creation of the plans. It transformed the Six Sigma deployment.”

Vinny Tuccillo, Global Six Sigma Director, Honeywell

Here are five key reasons that many Fortune 500 companies and healthcare organizations participate in Strategic Shedding Celebrations:

1. It sparks motivation – people become engaged and excited about change.
2. Everyone helps create the plan and is focused on achieving it.
3. With buy-in at all levels, participants feel empowered to identify the next steps they must take to reach the common goal.
4. Universal cooperation means resistance to change dissipates and forward momentum intensifies.
5. Strategic visualization fast-tracks corporate success.

The Strategic Shedding Celebration is an amazing and powerful exercise for change. By catapulting your team – whether it’s 10 or 10,000 people – into a successful future, a Strategic Shedding Celebration will accelerate your success.

If Walt Disney did, you can too!
If your people can envision and celebrate it first they can make it happen!

On opening day in 1971, almost five years after Walt Disney’s death, someone commented to Mike Vance, creative director of Walt Disney Studios, "Isn't it too bad Walt didn't live to see this?".
"He did see this," Vance replied simply. "That's why it's here."


Contact Us to ignite your group today!


Kathy Dempsey Engaging Employees is Communications Workshop
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! Develop an action plan on improving your own workplace communication. By the end of the session, with everyone’s help the murder mystery is solved. Miss Communication (miscommunication) always kills communication!

"If you are looking for results, Kathy Dempsey can get you there. What impresses me most is her ability to help people stop, think, focus, and make better decisions, all in a fun and lighthearted way!"

Clark Taylor, CEO, Memorial Health Care System

Hear what Genesis CEO says about how Kathy Dempsey helped their 5,000 employees.

Watch this powerful message from Jill Pollock, Hospital Administrator at Loma Linda, on why your organization needs to integrate shedding in the core culture.

Mayo Clinic speaks very highly of Kathy Dempsey.

Hear what keynote attendees say about the practicality of the Shedding Philosophy in the workplace.

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