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Kim Strobel  

Teacher, Consultant, Happiness Coach & Speaker

Kim Strobel isn't just the owner of Strobel Education. She's its driving force. Her wisdom, positivity, and strength inform every aspect--and it shows in the inspiring workshops she presents to teachers who seek to make a difference. She puts herself "in the trenches" with teachers because she was once there herself and knows how important support and encouragement are in creating a successful classroom.

A licensed ELA teacher for grades K-12, Kim has taught in classrooms at all grade levels during her almost 20 years as an education professional. She began her career teaching fourth grade, during which time she served on numerous committees devoted to improving the curriculum and culture of the schools. She next served as a K-12 Literacy Coordinator, helping to develop a school-wide plan to improve literacy achievement and implement new common core literacy standards. Kim found her next challenge as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a school district, during which time she developed curriculum in all content areas, K-12; collaborated with teachers and administrators to identify instructional needs; and served as a liaison with state and local agencies.

Throughout her career, Kim has been recognized at the state and local level for her achievements and contributions to the education field. In 2010, she was awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which she used to study the practice of meditation and how to use it in the classroom. And most recently, she's taken her vision of reimagining education to the national stage as a featured keynote speaker at the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta, the School Discipline Conference in Las Vegas, and the Google Summit in Texas. She has also keynotes several state superintendent conferences.

Kim has recently added the role of Happiness Coach to her lengthy resume. Her new business, Kim Strobel - Live Events and Retreats, guides individuals toward rediscovering their authentic selves and reclaiming their personal and professional joy. Kim sprinkles happiness tips and tricks into her education workshops, ensuring teachers reenter their classrooms with renewed purpose and passion.

Professionally, Kim's a teacher, a consultant, a speaker, a happiness coach and an aspiring author. But her personal life is just as full. When she's not firing up educators with her signature mix of excitement and experience, she's a die-hard runner, an advocate for her community's abandoned animals, and a family-oriented gal who loves spending time with her husband Scott, their four children, two grandkids, and three pups.

Speech Topics

Science of Happiness: Working Happier, Not Harder

When personal happiness increases, the ability to affect positive change in business outcomes, including sales, also increases. You will learn how to retrain the brain toward positive; how to rediscover professional joy; why the conventional happiness formula is wrong; the relationship between happiness and productivity; why employee well-being should be a priority; and the importance of self-care.

Happiness Habits: The 5 Secrets Successful People Know

For too long, it’s been assumed that money, professional recognition, and material possessions were the keys to happiness. But decades of research is proving that theory wrong. Happiness fuels success! You will learn how to increase professional and personal positivity; how to create a positive and engaged workforce; the benefits of meaningful social connections; why movement and play are necessary for success; how practicing gratitude creates greater optimism; a 2-minute meditation activity to combat the stresses of multitasking; and how to incorporate happiness habits into even the busiest schedule.

The Power of Belief: Mindset and Success

If you want to create a strong team, one that’s motivated for and committed to the achievement of your company’s objectives, you want team members who have a growth mindset. A culture that promotes growth mindset will move your business forward and position your business, its brand, and its people for growth, profit, and success. You will learn why placing a high value on continued learning is important; how one’s beliefs about their intelligence can affect long-term achievement; how we can change our abilities and how we think and perform; how to create an environment that promotes learning and ensures success; why it’s important to “root” for the team to succeed; how growth mindset fosters empowerment, collaboration, and innovation; why employees at growth mindset companies feel they have more potential to grow, learn, and thrive within it; and how many businesses large and small, including Microsoft, are transforming themselves with growth-mindset principles.

The Power of Positivity: Overcoming Negativity and Creating Success

A startling Gallup poll found that only 13% of the workforce is happy in their jobs, which costs companies in the US a staggering $500 billion annually. The reasons why vary. But research shows that when employees work with a positive mindset, their performance experiences a positive transformation, as well. You will learn how a positive mindset improves productivity, creativity, and engagement; how to be a positive outlier; how to be a Positive Polly–and avoid Negative Nellies; how to foster better co-worker relationships; the power of positive energy; and how to change the lens through which you view challenges

Remembering Your Why: Finding Meaning, Purpose, and Passion

For many, being happy in their professional life means rediscovering what first inspired their chosen career path. At every level—entrepreneur, employee, team leader—remembering your individual WHY, and understanding your organization’s WHY, provides the momentum to move toward increased fulfillment and success. You will learn what your WHY is; how we lose our WAY when we lose our WHY; how to reclaim your profession and your joy; how to encourage your team to act with intention; how understanding our WHY drives our behavior and pushes us to perform at our natural best; and how to inspire action in yourself, among your co-workers, and with your customers.

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