Need an expert to speak on leadership, education or governance?

Kate Dempsey & Associates has extensive experience of undertaking stakeholder consultation, public meetings, telephone surveys, focus groups, in depth interviews and the like for universities, local government and community managed groups. Kate is also in demand as a conference speaker, dinner guest speaker, staff trainer and facilitator. She has taught post graduate students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Education at two universities in Melbourne.

Kate Dempsey & Associates provides professional development services tailored to your specific needs. We prepare training in consultation with you and never use ‘packaged’ training modules. We offer full day programs or ongoing professional development or a series of talks. Kate can summarise and present to you the key academic research on topics of interest.

Previous work

Dempsey, K (2015) ‘Is Ambition a Dirty Word?’ Facilitation of conference session. LGPro Local Government Women's Professional Development Forum. Session at 3.00pm Thursday 30th July 2014. Local Government Professional Officers Association.

Dempsey, K (2015) ‘The Future of Australian Vocational Education in China’. IEAA Forum on transnational education. 17th July 2015 Victoria University.

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Dempsey, K (2014) ‘Work experience and internships: challenges, opportunities and best practice in the field.’ Presentation to the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Brisbane October 2014. Panel with Dr Cate Gribble (Deakin University) and Owen Firth (Performance Education).

Dempsey, K (2014) Board Doctor Conference: Diagnosis and cure for your Board ailments. Panel Speaker. 24 March. Moonee Valley Racing Club. Invited Speaker for Our Communities.

Dempsey, K (2014) ‘Explaining the VET System in Australia’ State Government invited speaker to the Latin American Symposium. Melbourne Arts Centre March 10th

Dempsey, K (2014) ‘Quality Assurance in VET’. Presentation at the 2nd Victoria-India Skills Roundtable March 6th Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi, India.

Dempsey, K (2013) ‘Shifting the Boundaries: Partnerships for Enhanced Education, Training and Research’ Partner Provider Forum, University of Ballarat. Invited Speaker. Dec 5th SMB 10 Campus.

The seminar delivered by Dr Kate Dempsey was well-organised, clearly and logically developed, and professionally presented from start to finish. Most importantly, the content and style of delivery was of a consistently high standard, with the result that it stimulated valuable discussion and insights among the students. All in all, it demonstrated Kate’s sound grasp of the pedagogical principles and practices appropriate for a higher education learning environment.

Damon Anderson, Lecturer, Education Faculty, Monash University

I wanted to comment and give you some recognition on how well I think you have been supporting students on line. I think that you come across as positive, interested and supportive of students. I also note that you try to challenge and stimulate thinking although we students seem to be an unresponsive lot at times.

Maryanne M, Masters Student (online), Monash University

I want to say thank you again for the learning experience I had through this subject. I truly enjoyed your teaching. The quality of your assignment feedback is the best I’ve had at Swinburne. I benefited from your high standard marking by improving on the issues identified in your feedback. After all learning is more important than a good mark without any substance. Swinburne needs more lecturers like you.

Luke S, Bachelor of Business Student, Swinburne University

Having worked with Kate Dempsey on a number of projects since 1989, I am pleased to recommend her as a consultant who is highly ethical, provides critical input to projects she is involved in and who has been consistent in her ability to provide high quality work on time, every time.

Noelene Duff, CEO City of Whitehorse

We have found Kate to be a very practical, outcomes driven person professionally. Kate guides us, but works along side us, by creating working groups for each project we embark on and checking each step or each draft with the whole membership at key points in its development.

Kerry McKusky, Chairperson Victorian TAFE International Inc.

Kate knows and understands how associations should operate. She is extremely knowledgeable of the external requirements of a formal association and works efficiently to ensure it is governed correctly. She is able to identify needs and gaps in knowledge and works hard to transfer her knowledge back to association members. I know she mentors younger or less experienced staff in the work she does.

Danielle Hartridge, (former) President ISANA

I was privileged to have someone as knowledgeable and as experienced as Kate Dempsey for my mentor. She is an open and honest communicator. Kate was not afraid to make alternative suggestions or recommendations in a way that was not invasive.

Bronnie Walsh, Founder, Port Phillip Bicycle User Group

Kate Dempsey, who teaches into the MBA, provided amazing learning opportunities. Her teaching style and commitment to learning outcomes exceeded expectations. She demonstrated commitment, compassion and inspired us to go above and beyond, she is a remarkable educator!

Leah, MBA Student Latrobe University

Thank you Kate, your subject was my 7th subject in the MBA and for what it is worth you have been one of the most engaging and enjoyable facilitators. It makes it a hell of a lot easier. You have set a very high bar that not many (if any) facilitators can match.

Tim, MBA Student Latrobe University

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