Kate Adamson


Inspirational Keynote Speaker

Do you want an inspirational, mesmerizing keynote speaker who understands the theme of your conference and will bring focus and power to your corporate or health care convention or church event?

Kate Adamson delivers!

This is not just a “feel good” motivational speaker. Kate’s experience is unique. She inspires audiences from coast to coast to overcome personal and organizational paralysis with simple techniques which combine professional focus and spiritual disciplines.

Against one-in-a-million odds, she overcame total paralysis from a devastating double brainstem stroke. Today she brings audiences to their feet in enthusiastic appreciation and moves them to action with focus, determination and courage.

What challenges do you face? What goals is your organization is trying to reach? What is stopping you? What are you doing about it?

Kate inspires corporate, medical, educational and religious leaders to overcome the paralysis that keeps their organizations from advancing to the next level of accomplishment. She proves that we can achieve the impossible by simplifying issues and focusing on what we have, not what we don’t; what we want, not what we don’t; and what we can do, not what we can’t.


CORPORATE CONVENTIONS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS-One Hand Clapping: Appreciation before Accommodation. Accommodate disabilities by appreciating the unique strengths from overcoming disabilities.

What will your leadership team accomplish when they focus on employees’ abilities, not their disabilities – on what they can do, not what they can’t? What if they saw assets where others saw liabilities?

There are legal requirements involving accommodation, but are there also practical advantages to accommodating the disabled? What challenges do you face? What goal is your organization trying to reach? What stops you? Is that a form of paralysis? What are you doing about it? What caliber of employee will help your organization overcome the paralysis that keeps you from moving to your next level? Could disabled workers help provide some unexpected answers? What qualifies Kate Adamson to speak to this issue?

In 1995, against one-in-a-million odds, Kate overcame Locked-in Syndrome from a devastating double brainstem stroke. She was completely and total paralyzed, on life support, unable to move, speak, or even blink her eyes. Today she inspires audiences from coast to coast to overcome personal and organizational paralysis with professional focus and personal discipline.

Her simple but profound presentation, “One Hand Clapping”, demonstrates that corporations as well as individuals can achieve the improbable by focusing on what we have, not what we don’t; what we want, not what we don’t; and what we can do, not what we can’t.

She encourages employers to respect and appreciate the disabled, not by assuming that every disabled person is a good worker but by recognizing that good employees who overcome disabilities often develop extraordinary approaches to ordinary problems.

MEDICAL AND MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTIONS-One Hand Clapping: Paralyzed but not Powerless. Medical miracles are possible through effective relationships between patients, medical professionals, and caregivers.

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS-One Hand Clapping: Paralyzed but not Powerless – with the help of the All-Powerful. Accomplish the impossible by doing the improbable.


One Hand Clapping: Disability Awareness and Appreciation. Helping kids understand and appreciate disabilities.

NON-PROFIT- Pink Pumps and Green Gatorade: From Paralysis to Power



It's an amazing, amazing story! -- Bill O'Reilly

You met all the objectives for our conference- education, empowerment and enrichment. Your words were an inspiration to me and the entire audience. You exude such a positive attitude despite your challenges in life. This demonstration of perseverance inspired me to put my life in perspective.
Patricia Flaagan, Co-Chair, National Association of Insurance Women, Int’l..

Your visit to Erie, PA affected so many lives within the medical community as well as the general public. I received such positive feedback to your presentations. You were professional, genuine and appealing to all. The presentation you shared with the 500 women at Hamot’s Healthy Women Seminar was spectacular! Your informal meeting with the stroke group was fabulous! The same message of spiritual intervention met our medical community as well. There are times in medical treatment where a reliance on an individual’s faith is inadvertently sidelined. Comments I received from the medical conference evaluation forms included some of the following. “The speaker has phenomenal strength and courage” “what a moving and motivational speaker!” “Very good for health care professionals to hear such a realistic and patient view.” “Excellent – tough act to follow!” Medical professionals really do benefit from reality, not just research.”
Ann Sokoloff, RN BSN, Stroke Educator, Hamot Medical Center, PA

You were our number one speaker at our conference. Our rating scale goes from 1 to 5 – 5 being the highest. Evaluations: "Kate is awesome", "a phenomenal woman" “strength and passion" "walks the walk" On a scale of 1-5 Kate is 6+” I admire your energy, enthusiasm, persistence and excitement… Your message is a strong one and you have touched many lives while saving lives.”
Barbara Armstrong, RN, CDMS, CLCP, CCM, NC Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (NCARP)...

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce honored Kate Adamson as our Heart and Soul recipient. She spoke to our audience of over 600 people at the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Conference. She was not a wonderful speaker, touching the heart of every person in the room. Kate is an amazing person and an amazing presenter for any type of event. If you want someone to motivate your attendees to know you can overcome anything that is thrown your way, Ms. Adamson is the one to do it. If you want them to laugh, Kate is the one. If you want them to cry, Kate is the one. If you want them to think, Kate is the one. Kate Adamson makes you grateful for what you have and I proud to know her.
Helen Duncan, Executive Director, Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, CA...



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