Keynote SPeakers

Opening General Session Keynote

Kay Frances

Monday, October 23
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster,” Kay Frances has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 38 states and Canada for over 25 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years. She is the author of The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life. 

When it comes to humor, Kay is the "real deal" having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s Girls Night Out and NBC’s America’s Funniest People. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”

When it comes to managing stress, Kay learned the hard way by engaging in every unhealthy habit known to man before making her way back to good health and sanity. It was a long, winding, hilarious road!

Business Meeting Breakfast Keynote
Kathy Dempsey

Tuesday, October 24
7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

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Kathy B. Dempsey, award winning author, keynote speaker and change expert, is President of Keep Shedding! Inc. 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. She has achieved the highest earned speaker’s designation in the world, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Dempsey ignites people and organizations with the skills and motivation to lead and manage change.

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 Dempsey lived with that traumatic diagnosis was a life-altering experience. 

Dempsey’s 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 survival guide books, including A Fast Acting Change RX for Every Employee and Manager & Healthcare Professional, have been utilized as guides for change by hundreds of individuals and organizations. She is also a contributing author for two of the New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Dempsey is the editor of 60 Seconds of Shedding, a monthly e-newsletter read by over 14,000 people around the world. 

Dempsey ignites professionals and 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. Her presentations build a touchstone with each member of the audience. Dempsey provides focus, inspiration and practical tools for people to lead and master change in their personal and professional lives.