Keynotes, Speaking & Trainings

Looking for an engaging speaker for your next event?

Kay M. Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the field of dementia care. She is a Certified Dementia Consultant, Educator, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker who is passionate about supporting people living with dementia, as well as the families, caregivers and communities entrusted with their care. Kay receives great inspiration from the people she is privileged to work with every day who are impacted in some way by the disease of dementia. The lessons Kay has learned along the way from these amazing beings continue to be the source of her determination, motivation and innovation for change.

Kay’s extensive background in geriatrics, hospice, palliative care, and mental health allows her to address the complex and diverse experiences of her audiences in a very relatable, knowledgeable, and compassionate way. Known for her engaging story-telling, and for bringing a unique authenticity and humor to her presentations, Kay can make often uncomfortable topics safe and stimulating for her audiences to engage in, experience, and to explore.

Services Offered

  • Customized workshops
  • Keynotes
  • Team trainings
  • Group coaching

Learn more about the coaching and training services available through Compassion Works.

Kay’s Keynotes

Moving Towards the Storm: Creating Meaning, Mastery, and Resilience Through Palliative Care.


This keynote will explore ways of creating meaning, mastery, and resilience through our work in the world. Kay weaves stories from her own professional journey to help us understand and reflect on the value that we each bring to our clients and communities, and how the care that we provide can profoundly transform, not just the lives of those we serve, but our own lives, as well.

Suitable as a keynote for any professional organization, church, or non-profit.

45-minute keynote

For More Information
Contact Kay to request a program for your organization (303) 875-5508 or

Drinking Deeply From the Well: Powerful Lessons on Life for the Living

In this “signature talk,” Kay shares 3 powerful lessons about what it means to have hope amidst the darkest of times, to heal even if you can’t be cured, and to drink deeply from the well of humanity when we most thirst for love and connection. Kay brings these compelling stories to life from her award-winning book, Bedside Witness: Stories of Hope, Healing, and Humanity, as she thoughtfully and humorously explores how a positive attitude, the ability to forget our differences, and the practice of forgiveness can change all of our lives and relationships in profound ways.

Suitable as a keynote for any professional organization, church, or non-profit.

45-minute keynote

For More Information
Contact Kay to request a program for your organization (303) 875-5508 or

Customized keynotes are available upon request. Contact Kay for more information and to discuss your keynote requests.

What people say about working with Kay

“Kay’s keynote on ‘Moving Towards the Storm’ was informative and engaging, and pushed me to be involved in the conference rather than just attend…Kay Adams is fantastic, and an exceptional speaker.”

Melissa P.Palliative Care Professional and Workshop Attendee

“I learned more today from your 3-hour dementia workshop based on the family and social work perspective than from all those other past trainings combined. Your workshop made the most sense to my brain and now I finally get it! Don’t stop doing what you’re doing!”

Celeste P. Care Partner and Workshop Attendee

“Kay was a keynote speaker at our Crisis Prevention Summit in Madison, and she also presented two additional workshops for dementia care providers. Kay conveys important information about dementia care in an approachable manner, and she connects to audience members through humor and stories. Kay has a wealth of information and experience, and audience members appreciated the opportunity to learn from her in both the large and small group settings.”

Theresa Fishler, MSSW, CISWProject Manager—Dane County, Wisconsin

Organizations Kay has provided education & training for:

Agape Hospice
Age Wise Colorado
Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
Center for Nursing Excellence
Certified Senior Advisors
Colorado Palliative Care Social Work Conference
Colorado Respite Coalition
Easterseals—Post-Polio Survivors
End-of-Life Doulas, LLC
The Estate Planning Council of Southeast Denver
Family Caregiver Alliance
Friends of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Garden Street Financial Group
Gateway Home Health
Glory of God Lutheran Church
Greater Denver Placement and Referral Alliance
Kaiser Permanente
LeadingAge Wisconsin
Mercy Hospice
Mile Hi Church
The Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies
PEO International
Saint John’s Cathedral
Senior Living Care Professionals of Denver
Seniors Resource Center of Denver
SHE Leads of Denver

Social Work, Hospice, and Palliative Care Association
State of Colorado—Disability Determination Department
State of Colorado—Division of Regional Center Services
State of Wisconsin ADRD (Alzheimer’s Dementia and Related Dementias group)
Suncrest Hospice
University of Kentucky
University of Wisconsin
Village at Belmar Senior Living Community
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Women Creating our Futures

What colleagues say about working with Kay

“It was a genuine pleasure working with Kay. She developed and delivered our vision of a customized modular training series that incorporated her expertise in working with individuals living with dementia through a person centered, trauma informed lens, and exceeded our vision in every way. The training was well-designed for adult learners and was very engaging.”

Elaine Fisher, MEd, LPC, NCC, CMSStaff Development Director
Kay holding book, bedside witness

“Over the past 20 years, I have been blessed to share a bit of the journey with Kay – professionally and personally. Kay is one of those unique individuals who possesses the passion, the knowledge, the experience, and the skills to support and to companion families through some of the toughest times of life. Those in her care or in her classes feel seen and heard. Honored and respected. Informed and well advised.

As a natural storyteller, Kay weaves tales that serve to inform – if not transform – the journey of life. For those confronting the daunting challenges of chronic or terminal illness, dementia, or end-of-life care, Kay is a priceless resource. So remember – Compassion Works LLC.”

Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSAAuthor of ‘Caregiving for the GENIUS,’ Cardinal, LLC

“Kay has a gift for taking the overwhelming and confusing experience of being diagnosed with dementia or of caring for someone who has dementia and making sense of it all. Using her breadth of experience, Kay is able to help families understand what dementia is, what impact it has on relationships, and how to plan for the future. 

Kay’s ability to use examples and stories to help people connect their personal experiences to the skills and concepts she’s teaching makes her an incredible speaker, coach, and instructor, whether she’s working with an individual or speaking to an audience of hundreds. The experience of dementia is a marathon, not a sprint, and Kay will be there to give families the skills and information they need to make it through with their health, relationships, and well-being intact.”

Amy Miller, LCSW Professional in Mental Health, Aging and Dementia
Kay Adams - Speaker

Kay is an exceptional and engaging public speaker; she weaves narrative into her presentations in a way that validates the experiences of her audience. Kay’s work has an artisanal quality; she addresses universal needs in a touchingly personalized way.”

“I’ve had the privilege and honor of working with Kay Adams during her tenure at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. I am a geriatrician and care for many people who have dementia, as well as for their care partners. Kay has unbounded enthusiasm for helping care partners of those living with dementia, and a wonderful ability to create a safe space for them to discuss their deepest concerns and fears in a welcoming and judgment-free environment. I have referred many of my patients’ family members to Kay’s educational offerings, and they have universally found Kay’s seminars to be incredibly helpful and supportive.

Tracy Ellen Lippard, MD, FACPKaiser Permanente

“Kay connects deeply with people. Her presence and compassion are calming. Her seasoned wisdom provides relief and hope. Through her work as a social worker, facilitator, coach, and presenter, Kay has touched thousands of lives. If I could clone her, I’d order 1,000 (as a start) and then ask for more. Kay makes this world such a better place!”

Dan JohnsonMD

Featured in Colorado Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia Resources

Kay is a featured expert in this free guide, which includes a list of dementia experts, programs, and other resources for people living with dementia or their care partners.

View the guide

Contact us if you are interested in a speaker for your next keynote, workshop, or symposium event

(303) 875-5508 |

Kay offers classes & workshops for professionals and family members

Learn more and read course descriptions.

Workshops & Classes for Families and Professionals

Compassion Works, LLC enthusiastically engages care partners and organizations impacted by dementia through coaching, consulting, education and training, so they are empowered to effectively face challenges with confidence, clarity and connection.

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