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Shimi Kang

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the important 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.

Dr. Kang is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Dolphin Way: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids (Without Turning Into a Tiger) and The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise a Healthy, Happy Child Who Knows What they Want and Goes After It (Without Being Told). Whether as a parent, educator, colleague, or manager, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” models hinder people’s internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model: the intelligent, strong, joyful, and highly social “dolphin”. By drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows how this authoritative style encourages self-motivation and “Q”: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Dr. Kang uses irrefutable science, unforgettable true stories, and her own life experience to support her message.

As the fifth child of immigrant parents, she was never pushed, hovered over, or enrolled in a single extra-curricular activity. Internally driven, she entered medical school at the age of 19, completed her fellowship at Harvard, and has excelled in diverse sectors such as medicine, management, publishing, media, and business while being a mom of three fantastic and exhausting children!

Dr. Kang is a writer with articles featured in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, South China Morning Post, and TIME Magazine. She has been invited to appear on major news networks such as NPR, CBC National News and Radio, CTV National, Global News, Al Jazeera, and Breakfast Television. Dr. Kang is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She was honored with the Queen.

Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service, and has received five national awards in the field of addictions and mental health including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award.

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