Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D.


Professional Speaker and Consultant

Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D. is a distinguished consultant emeritus for the Office of Quality Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For over twenty years, she has provided management consulting services for education, business, and non-profit organizations. Paris received the Wisconsin Governor’s Export Achievement award for providing cross-cultural briefings to international businesses in 1990. She has served as a community college administrator, high school teacher, and assistant principal. Paris is the author of several books and numerous articles on strategic planning. She serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison.

Kathleen is a frequent speaker and seasoned trainer. Her award-winning web site on effective meetings has gained national and international attention.

Keynote topics

  • Staying Healthy While You Work – Introducing The Clover Practice™ a three-part guide to staying healthy emotionally at work. Kathleen points out why most organizations are systematically unhealthy, but then provides three tools that can be used every day on the job for maintaining our own peace of mind and reducing stress.
  • Transparency—Leadership You Can See – So many leaders accept the mantle of leadership without much coaching, training or excellent models to follow. Kathleen describes how transparency in decision-making is the leadership advantage. She provides tools from her book Staying Healthy in Sick Organizations: The Clover Practice™ to create leaders whom people want to follow.
  • Creating Strategic Plans With “Get Up and Go” – Ah, strategic planning. Are you still awake? Your strategic planning process      can be interesting, invigorating and even fun. Kathleen shares secrets of successful planning and implementation. These secrets scale up or down from a whole organization to a single department.


  • Kathleen’s book: Staying Healthy in Sick Organizations: The Clover Practice™
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