...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.



“Kathy was the opening keynote speaker at the 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference. It's difficult sometimes when planning conferences to find just the right speaker for your audience. This can be especially true when you have a room full of families whose children who have gone through so much in their lives, many of whom have had at least twenty surgeries, experience both vision and hearing loss and live with many other serious and ongoing medical issues. You worry if the message will come across okay, if the families will connect with the speaker, or even if humor is the right way to go. After listening to and watching the audience during Kathy's performance and reading through all of our conference evaluations after the conference, any worries I might have had completely melted away. Families, professionals and individuals with CHARGE syndrome themselves LOVED her, crying and laughing throughout the performance, pleading with us to bring her back again in the future and resoundingly letting us know that her talk was an incredible way to kick off our conference. Kathy's humor, her story and her message about celebrating abilities was a monster hit with our crowd and we are so thrilled that she could come and share her story with us.”
Lisa Weir ~ 2013 International CHARGE Syndrome Conference Chair