...bringing the left and the right together

Buckley is an experienced keynote speaker at conferences whose 600-plus attendees have included law enforcement, prosecution, probation/parole, victim services, health care, child care, protective services, and the judiciary.  At these conferences, Buckley trains participants on the importance of diversity and encourages people to try not to judge others by teaching them to discount stereotypes and instead value our individual differences.  "There is no better book in the world than the person sitting next to you with a story to tell about themselves."

Buckley is also an advocate for people with disabilities, traveling all over the world to speak on behalf of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  She has received the Dole Foundation Media Awareness Award for her dedication to all people with disabilities, the National Council on Communicative Disorders Individual Achievement Award, and the Hear Now Help America Hear award for her commitment to children. She was also recognized by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army for outstanding efforts toward disability employment awareness. Kathy’s topic for the government include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieving personal goals and overcoming obstacles
  • Communicating, listening, and making your words your best friends
  • Community outreach
  • Diversity
  • Finding courage and eliminating fears
  • How to think positively and use that thinking to solve problems
  • Human resources
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and creating balance
  • Patience
  • Respecting Yourself and Others
  • Self advocating
  • Self-esteem, self-awareness, self-growth
  • Taking the “Dis” out of Disabilities


“You are an inspiration.”
Collin Powell, Secretary of State
“One of our top counselors gave us her resignation prior to the conference; after your speech she asked for it back. You reminded us all what we are all here for, feeling great about who we are as individuals and what we can do to make things better. Thank you Kathy for opening your heart.”
The President Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
“Your willingness to share your life experience and humor was very powerful and inspirational. You showed us that anyone can overcome adversities when given respect, encouragement and support. We appreciate your "kick off" of our conference with such a positive force. Again, thank you for being such an integral part of the success of our conference. Hope to see you again in the future.”
Eileen Stren, Director of Child Care, Annual Child Care Conference hosted by U.S. General Services Administration
“Kathy Buckley has something for everyone. As a motivational speaker, she delivered much more than a spiel - she shared her life story, with a masterful balance of humor and inspiration, Kathy vividly recalled her most personal challenges and triumphs. The audience response to her wit and energy was tremendous. In just 15 minutes, she transformed the entire tone of the conference for the better. Kathy is a great example of what courage and perseverance can overcome. Her story is not only an example to the disabled community (which happen to be the special interest of our conference), but to anyone confronting serious obstacles in life. We would not hesitate to invite Kathy to a future conference.”
Steven Porter, President, FCE Benefits Administrators, Inc.



“"I cannot tell you how excited we are - it is insane. You are without a doubt one of the best I have ever seen, and I am 57 years old, and have taught for 31 years and gone to tons of leadership conferences, events, etc. You stand out like a beacon of light. How can I thank you enough? Your speech today was absolutely the highlight of the conference. You could see by the multiple standing ovations that we were all, students and adults, moved by your words that touched all of us. Your message was powerful and wonderful. All students should hear your message of love of others and seeing their beautiful souls. And loving oneself, because without that, there is no loving others. Your wisdom is astounding - what a gift you have for the secret of living a beautiful life. You fulfilled every dream of mine. You were the number-one hit of the conference, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Every parent I have talked to, every student I have chatted with - the first thing they loved about CSLC was YOU. You touched the lives of 850 students and 250 teachers. You have a gift of connecting in such a personal way, so that each person feels the message was for them. The messages you give are so beautiful, it makes me wish I could just have you reach every student in every province and state. Your message of love and understanding is universal and the way you share your stories is real, personal and beautiful. There was not a dry eye in the house, and at the same time, I saw laughter on the faces of everyone. That is what struck me when I saw you in Reno at CADA (the California Activity Directors Association). I knew you were a special and magical person who has a soul that is what all of us need to strive to achieve. I really don't know how to thank you enough. CSLC 2015 will always be associated first and foremost with Kathy Buckley, and that will make me proud and happy for years to come. Thank you for your generosity as well Kathy. Heavens, you really live the conference theme: When giving is receiving. What you put out into the universe truly makes the world a better place. If we could only clone someone as special, smart, empathetic, giving, energetic, witty, loving, entertaining and beautiful as you - the world would be an even more amazing place. You have a special vision and instinct that you learned all by yourself. You really are a genius, and a kind, sweet genius at that! Sending you the world's biggest hug. I will never find the words to thank you enough for the gift you gave to the conference and to me. You are the best."”
~ Sandra Starratt, French & Social Studies Department Head, Student Government Advisor, CSLC / CCLE 2015 Conference Co-Chair, Ha