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Kate Adamson
About Kate Adamson
409 North Pacific Coast Hwy # PMB
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310-937-1085
Fax: 310-546-8141

Kate is an inspirational, mesmerizing keynote speaker who understands the theme of your conference and brings focus and power to your event. Her versatile repertoire allows her to tailor her presentation to your event. The presentation can be tailored for your audience to focus on one of two areas:

  • motivational/inspirational and disability issues

Her popular keynote presentation, One Hand Clapping, refocuses those who feel paralyzed in their personal or professional progress on what they can do, not what they can’t.  She motivates public and corporate audiences to overcome their paralysis and move to their next level of accomplishment by focusing on the simple concepts and methods that created their success in the first place.

One Hand Clapping: Paralyzed but not Powerless

This powerful presentation engages your audience and lets them experience what it is like to face million-to-one odds and still prevail. Once considered “dead” — her life not worth saving — Kate recovered from Locked-in Syndrome (total paralysis) and is now a professional speaker and author. Kate’s presentation shows her audience that the techniques she used to overcome her paralysis can help them overcome professional and organizational paralysis. Kate’s story demonstrates that there is nothing you cannot accomplish with the right attitude and the right tools.

One Hand Clapping: Appreciation before Accommodation

This presentation focuses on disability issues including employment and compliance issues. Kate shows that employees and executives who have had to persist in spite of disabilities tend to develop uncommon creativity, determination, and resourcefulness that can lead to extraordinary contributions in the work place. Accommodation held in this context becomes a wise business move and a pleasure for all. Kate is determined to shift the attitude and approach of businesses and government agencies regarding disability accommodation. She shows employers how to shift the burden of regulations, policies, procedures and legal requirements the law requires to open up opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity in the work place. Kate is determined to have fun—and see that her audience has fun as they break the final vestiges of the bonds of prejudice and preconception. This survivor of Locked-in Syndrome will prove how the phoenix-ability-most certainly rises from the ashes of disability. Employees are appreciated and accommodated and sent back to work motivated and inspired, with wonderful memories of a great event.

Kate is a powerful advocate for “Ability Awareness” and “Appreciation before Accommodation,” inspiring audiences to recognize and value the creativity and personal power that overcoming disability can create. She is a published author of the book, Paralyzed but not Powerless. Her amazing, inspirational story has been featured on Larry King Live and on local and national radio and television programs such as Good Morning America, The Bill O’Reilly Factor, The Abrams Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and Lifetime T.V.
She has also been featured in various national magazines including Redbook, Prevention Magazine, Vim & Vigor, Caregiver, Keeping Well and The Female Patient. She was a national finalist in Prevention Magazine’s Picture of Health promotion in 2007.

Kate is a member of National Speakers Association and has spoken to (partial list) the

  • Bank of America
  • United States Congress
  • NASA
  • Federally Employed Women's Conference
  • Western Maryland Hospital Medical Conference
  • Stroke and Caregivers Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Covenant Hospice Services
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States Congress
  • White House
  • National Association of Insurance Women International
  • Women in Business
  • Rehabilitation and Case Managers Conference
  • Medical Professionals Conference
  • Edwards Air force Base
  • American Heart Association
  • American Stroke Association
  • Braille Institute
  • Northern Trust
  • United Way
  • University of Southern California
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Korn Ferry International
  • Farr Company
  • Strouds
  • Chevron
  • The Crystal Cathedral
  • Hamot Neurological Conference
  • Chase Park Plaza
  • St. Louis Women’s Conference
  • Texas Women’s Conference
  • Arrowhead Women’s Conference
  • KUMED Medical Center
  • Topeka Hutchinson Hospital
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • St. Francis Medical Center
  • Daniel Freeman Hospital
  • Holy Cross Medical Center
  • Queens Medical Center
  • Washington Hospital Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • American Farm Bureau
  • Bark Busters International
  • Dairy Industry Conference
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • United States Department of Defense





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