Kathleen Passanisi Profile

  • With over 20 years of experience in helping professionals see the funny side of life and work, Passanissi is a leading researcher on the therapeutic power of humor, a licensed physical therapist, and a retired adjunct faculty member at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

  • One of the few women to have been inducted into the prestigious NSA Speaker Hall of Fame, Passanisi is known for her ability to keep the laughs coming while imparting practical bites of wisdom.

  • Passanisi is the recipient of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor's Lifetime Achievement Award and a former president of the association.
  • One of the few women to be inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame, Kathleen Passanisi has been researching, presenting on, and demonstrating the power of humor for over 20 years. She is the founder of New Perspectives, and since 1987 has helped hundreds of corporations, associations, healthcare groups, and women’s groups boost the wellbeing, morale, and performance of their employees and members.

    Passanisi is the author of It’s Your Life – Choose Well! Thoughts on Living a Happier, Healthier, Saner Life Now- Not Someday and contributing author to Humor Me–America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter. She has been a licensed physical therapist for over 40 years and taught at the Washington University’s School of Medicine for over 20 years. Passanisi formerly served as President of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, which honored her with a rare Lifetime Achievement Award.

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      An internationally recognized speaker, humorist, medical professional, and author, Kathleen brings substance, style, and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting and a lasting impact on those involved. During her high-energy programs, your participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity, and make life at home and work more fun! Whether you want to begin your conference with a bang, perk up the post-lunch, or end on a high note, each presentation is custom tailored to suit your exact goals and needs. Audiences say they feel like she′s been looking over their shoulders for a month.

      Kathleen is the recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence (Speaker Hall of Fame) and of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She is the author of It′s Your Life- Choose Well: Thoughts on Living a Happier, Healthier, Saner Life Now- Not Someday and contributed to Humor Me–America′s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.

      Kathleen is an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and corporate morale and is the self-proclaimed poster-person of the Sandwich Generation. She is the funniest woman in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and quite possibly the Western Hemisphere.

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    Therapeutic humor expert, Kathleen Passanisi livens up dull meetings with an upbeat message on how you can boost your quality of life and work by seeing your daily grind in a new light. The self-proclaimed funniest woman in Lake St. Louis, Missouri (and possibly the Western Hemisphere), Passanisi works from a six-dimensional wellness framework. Throughout her fast pace presentations, she models examples of how you can leverage the comic aspects of life and consciously change your perspective. Past audiences from Fortune 500 to cancer survivors and women’s groups to trauma teams, have extracted irreplaceable value from Passanisi’s techniques and humor.

      Life Balance and Wellness

      Quality of life is so much more than reducing stress or having some money in the bank. Kathleen′s presentations on life balance and wellness are designed to help participants make conscious choices that improve all dimensions of their well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, vocational, and spiritual health. She delivers an enlightening message relevant to every adult group.

      It′s Your Life—Choose Well
      Living Life by Design

      More people live by default than by design.

      Add Life to Your Balance Sheet
      Invest in Your Best Asset-Your People

      An environment that fosters a balanced life is second only to good workplace relationships when it comes to attracting and retaining high-performing employees.

      Value of Humor

      Laughter really is good medicine, for everyone. So why aren′t we laughing more? There is as much comedy in life as tragedy but we don′t take advantage of it when we′re bogged down in the daily grind or hyped-up for yet another security alert. A sense of humor is one of the most valuable assets for shifting perspectives, improving health, and learning to live in a sprit of joy. In the workplace, the right kind of humor can improve morale, customer service and the bottom-line.

      Humor at Work
      Laughter as a Profit Center

      Humor is no joke when it comes to the bottom line.

      Humor for the Health of It
      Immunize Against Stress

      Stress is a worldwide epidemic. Who is affected? And is it contagious?

      Ladies, Life, and Laughter
      The Role of Humor in Keeping Women Healthy, Happy, and Sane

      Women are more likely to worry and less likely to be happy, especially between the ages of thirty and fifty.

      Lightening Life′s Load with Laughter
      Immunize Against Stress

      Stress is a worldwide epidemic. You are affected. How high a price are you paying?

      Humor, Hope, and Healing
      Immunize Against Stress

      Stress is a worldwide epidemic. And few know how to cope with it.

      Biting Off More Than You Can Chew-Life In The Sandwich Generation
      The Role of Humor in Caring for Caregivers

      "The role of care giving is potentially an occupational hazard, and its demands place caregivers at risk for psychological and physical problems."

      A Merry Heart Really is Good Medicine

      Research confirms the positive impact laughter and humor play in cardiovascular health.

      Food for Thought - Entertainment

      An upbeat message plus a lot of laughter - an effective combination for presentations designed to help participants recharge, regroup, and reframe. When your agenda is heavy, let Kathleen lighten it up. Your audiences will enjoy clean humor that is thought- provoking and laugh-out-loud funny.

      A Seat at the Buffet
      Challenging Life′s Unwritten Rules

      "Face reality." "Be yourself." "Stick to your guns." "You have to learn the hard way." Oh yeah? Says who?

      Change Management

      Change. It′s an unavoidable part of life. So why do we fight it, rather than embrace it? It comes down to perspective. When we learn to consciously change perspective, life′s journey gets easier, more interesting, and a lot more fun.

      Managing Change by Changing Your Tune
      Orchestrating Success

      Survival requires the ability to embrace change - for businesses and individuals.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Kathleen Speak

    Rating Entries

      “[Kathleen] presented to our cancer survivor celebration . . .and certainly did lighten their load. It was an incredibly joyful experience to observe her rapport with the audience and their response to her message on the therapeutic value of humor and laughter. Lightening Life′s Load with Laughter accomplished exactly what it claims, not an easy task for people dealing with the difficulties often encountered in a struggle with cancer.”
      – St. Joseph Health Center

      “Your presentation surpassed everything we had anticipated at our Physicians Retreat. Your ability to tailor a two- hour presentation to meet the criteria for everyone in the group was SPECTACULAR!”
      – Paracelsus Healthcare Corporation

      “[Your program] was chocked full of pertinent, practical advice for managing life′s challenges – and it was delivered in an hilarious, yet respectful tone. You contribute more than medicine alone can provide for maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit.”
      – St. John′s Mercy Medical Center

      “Your talent for finding humor in real life situations kept our women agents′ heads bobbing in recognition and agreement. The woman sitting next to me laughed so hard, tears streamed down her face for the better part of the 75 minutes. Above all, you taught us how important it is for women agents to share their experiences, to feel connected to each other and to our Companies. Your contribution toward that feeling is tangible and can be measured in the agents′ increased well-being and resulting sales.”
      – Mutual of Omaha Companies

      “It was a privilege to have you return for your third year and present ′Managing Change By Changing Your Tune.′ A total of 957 employees attended one of the six days you presented. Your concern for providing a relevant, meaningful presentation shows your commitment to excellence as a speaker. Every portion of the program was carefully scripted to demonstrate a point to give useful information for health care providers as we deal with the changes in our industry.”
      – Cardinal Glennon Children′s Hospital

      Partial Client List:

      American Express
      Anheuser Busch Companies
      Aon Insurance
      Bausch & Lomb
      Blue Cross Blue Shield
      Boeing Commercial Aircraft
      Brookshire Grocery Company
      Chase Bank
      Cingular Wireless
      Comark (Canada)
      Environmental Management Corporation
      Horizon Blue Cross / Blue Shield
      Johnson & Johnson
      McDonalds Corporation
      Merck Medco
      RELS-Wells Fargo
      Southwestern Bell
      Sun Life Financial

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