Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, and a cofounder of Ignite the Family, based in Alpharetta, GA. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She is proud to be represented by the Ambassador Speakers Bureau of Nashville, TN. She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions, on the faculty of Summit Ministries, and a frequent presenter for Care Net, Axis, and other organizations. She speaks regularly at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers.
Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Because of listeners’ reactions and feedback, her broadcasts made the top ten shows of the year on Focus on the Family in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to interview in his 2018 movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World. She has authored six books including Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts, and Start with the Heart. Her newest book is Five to Thrive: How to Determine if Your Core Needs Are Being Met (and What to Do When They’re Not).
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
"Dr. Kathy far exceeded our expectations! She is personable, funny and has a wealth of information to share!"
"She (Kathy Koch) was amazing as always! We so appreciated the time she gave to hear our hearts the night before our event. Many said she was the best speaker we have ever had!"
"Dr. Kathy is a leading keynote speaker, mentor, educator, and author in the field of kids, teenagers, and parenting. Kathy’s understanding of multiple intelligences, the effects of technology, and raising kids is a huge blessing and benefit to parents, families, educators, and entire churches. Her books are well-written, inspiring, educational, and practical. Your church and community need to hear Dr. Koch’s message of hope in a day of despair!"
"We just finished our training with Kathy. I want to let you know, the feedback from our team was unanimous, she was awesome! The 2 hours flew by. She was engaging, funny, humble, and full of encouragement and wisdom. I would strongly suggest her to any group that wants to better understand why our teens do what they do and how to better related to them."
"With half of our partners expected to retire in the next 12 years, we realize that the Millennial generation is one that we will have to rely on to take the reins of the firm. Dr. Kathy provided excellent insight into how Millennials think and most importantly, what motivates them."