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Barbara Hemphill    

Authority on Organized Living

Barbara Hemphill is CEO of Hemphill Productivity Institute (HPI), whose mission is to help individuals and organizations create and sustain a productive environment so they can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. HPI helps clients organize time, space, and information so they can maximize productivity and reduce stress.

Barbara is the author of Kiplinger’s Taming the Paper Tiger at Home, Kiplinger’s Taming the Paper Tiger at Work, and Simplify Your Workday. Her most recent book, Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever! was launched on Home Shopping Network. She is currently writing a new book entitled Taming the Paper Tiger in the Digital Age: There’s an Easy Switch. The Paper Tiger methodology is featured in Taming the Paper Tiger software – a filing system “guaranteed to find anything in your office in five seconds or less.” The product is now used in settings ranging from an Illinois pig farm to executive offices of Fortune 100 companies. Her proprietary processes include The 8-Hour Miracle™ and The Paper Tiger Productivity System™ which guarantee a ten percent increase in productivity by any measure the client chooses. A pioneer in the field of professional organizing, Barbara started her business in 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. Today she has a national team of more than 100 Productivity Trainer Authorized Consultants™.

Barbara has appeared on several television shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, HGTV, CNN Nightly News, CNBC, and CNN-FN. She is a celebrated international speaker, corporate spokesperson, and consultant to small businesses and major corporations worldwide. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Fast Company, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Home Office Computing, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Wall Street Journal and Boardroom Reports and was featured on the cover of Guidepost magazine.

Barbara's business grew out of the lessons learned growing up on a farm in Nebraska. Her formal training was in music and education. Barbara sees organizing as an art form, and invites her clients to: “paint a picture of the kind of life you want to live, and we will help you create and sustain a productive environment that will enable you to get there.” She has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India, she adopted three children. In addition, she has two stepchildren and one grandchild. She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Alfred Taylor.


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