Schools, K-PhD

...for both educators and students

Kathy is a regular at schools, speaking to both students and educators.  Students that Kathy has spoken to have ranged in educational level from Kindergarten to PhD. Her experiences help students to shed the labels that society has placed upon them, giving them a renewed self-awareness, and self-respect; which in turn leads to a higher respect for others. Kathy’s message also acts to empower students to understand themselves, and make the right choices, to promote self-growth.  Kathy’s topic for schools include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieving personal goals and overcoming obstacles
  • Addictions
  • Bullying, labeling and stereotypes
  • Communicating, listening, and making your words your best friends
  • Contributing to one’s community
  • Finding courage and eliminating fears
  • Finding your way
  • Friendship
  • How to find love in all the right places
  • How to think positively and use that thinking to solve problems
  • Learning how to say “no”
  • Leadership
  • Parent and sibling issues
  • Patience
  • Peer pressure
  • Self-esteem and respecting yourself
  • The acceptance of others and fitting in

 

Testimonials

“Feedback that I have gotten from students and community members that attended your show has been superlative. You touch a lot of lives that night.”
Marianne Karwick, Penn State University
“You are truly amazing! I thank you so very much. I'm going through so many problems and everything you talked about and shared really hit home. You helped me realize why being alive is worth it. I promise to live my life to the fullest and gratefully each and everyday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Larchae, Paul Mitchell the School
“You were amazing. You made me laugh and cry all in 2 hours; you made me feel that I can achieve anything given the cards I was dealt in life. Thanks for being a blessing to me.”
Shauntae, Paul Mitchell the School
“You showed me that no matter what happens in life, you always have choices and it is always up to you. You have inspired me to not always say no to everything. You motivated me to not always be so self conscious. You showed me that everyone has something to offer in life, you also explained that you should take time for granted. You forever changed my life for the better and I thank you for that.”
Josh

Groups

Testimonials

“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