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Clients & Testimonials

Since 1994 I've worked with more than 500 satisfied customer groups in 45 States, 1 U.S. territory and 4 Canadian Provinces, many of whom are repeat customers. To help navigate this long list, here are the main groups I work with; you can see a detailed list of individual organizations by clicking the related links:

Click to go to -- Child Care, Early Childhood Education & Pre-K:
This section includes local organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who work in: Head Start, Home & Center-based Child Care, and Early Childhood Education Programs & Pre-schools.

Click to go to -- K-12 School Teams & Employee Groups:
This section includes local schools, organizations & state-level associations serving professionals who work in all job roles in: Public Elementary & Secondary Schools and School Districts, Intermediate Districts, Education Coops, & Charter Schools.

Click to go to -- Community Education, Lifelong Learning & Recreation
This section includes local organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who work in: Afterschool, Community Education, Adult Lifelong Learning, & Parks & Recreation programs.

Click to go to -- Other Helping Professions
This section includes local organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who work in: Health Care, Public Safety Telecommunications (9-1-1), Community & Human Services, Faith-based organizations, Chambers of Commerce & businesses.

(Group is in Minnesota unless another state is listed.
"*" means they hired me more than once.)

Child Care, Early Childhood Education & Pre-K:

This section includes local organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who work in:

* Head Start
* Home & Center-based Child Care
* Early Childhood Education & Pre-schools

Local Programs:
(ECFE: Early Childhood Family Education)

  • Absaroka Head Start, Worland, WY
  • Anoka Hennepin ECFE
  • Anoka County Youth First Mayors Breakfast
  • Arrowhead Region Head Start, Virginia, MN
  • Austin ECFE
  • Berkshire (MA) Head Start
  • Bloomington Early Childhood Conference
  • Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Mansfield, PA
  • Brooklyn Center ECFE *
  • Burnsville Parent Conference
  • Calsiceau Parish Head Start, Lake Charles, LA
  • Carver-Scott-Dakota Head Start, Lakeville, MN*
  • Carver-Scott ECFE Consort *
  • Child Care Conf., Cameron County, TX
  • Child Care Providers Conference, Marshall, MN
  • Childrens Developmental Services, Gillette, WY
  • Dakota County Lic. Family Child Care Assoc **
  • Eden Prairie ECFE
  • Family Serv. Head Start, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Franklin/Grand Isle Starting Points Network, VT
  • Good News Childrens Ctr, Rochester *
  • Hastings Youth First Initiative
  • Hillsborough Cty (FL) Head Start ***
  • Hope Montessori Acad., Colorado Springs, CO *
  • Hope Montessori Acad., Denver, CO
  • Interlakes Head Start, Madison, SD *
  • KY River Foothills Head Start, Richmond, KY
  • Laramie County Head Start, Cheyenne, WY **
  • Lee County Head Start, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Head Start, MN
  • LeSueur-Henderson ECFE *
  • Mahube Head Start, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Head Start, Salem, OR
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Head Start, MN
  • Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples
  • Minnetonka ECFE
  • Nashville, TN Head Start
  • New Horizons Academy
  • North Metro ECFE Consortium
  • No. IA Head Start, Mason City, IA *
  • NW Nebraska CAP/Head Start
  • Oahe Head Start, Pierre, SD
  • OCEAN/LEAP Head Start, Lakewood, NJ *****
  • PEACE Inc. Head Start, Syracuse, NY
  • Primrose School, Twin Cities, MN
  • Robbinsdale ECFE *
  • Rock County Daycare Assoc, Luverne, MN
  • Rockland County Head Start, Stoney Point, NY
  • San Antonio, TX Head Start
  • Scott County Licensed Family Child Care Assoc *
  • San Antonio (TX) SD Fatherhood Workshop
  • SE MN Head Start, Rochester, MN
  • SEVCA Head Start, Springfield, VT
  • Skagit Valley Head Start, Mt Vernon, WA
  • South Centr. Child Dev Head Start, Wagner, SD
  • Southern MN ECFE Consortium
  • St. Paul ECFE
  • Successful Parenting (NC)
  • Tioga County Head Start, Binghamton, NY *
  • TLC Early Learning Center
  • Twin Cities Professional Nannies
  • Waseca ECFE
  • Washington County Head Start, Beaverton OR
  • Wayzata Parent Forum
  • West Central Head Start, Monmouth, IL
  • West St. Paul School Dist. Early Learning Dept.
  • Winston-Salem Head Start, NC
  • Wyoming Child Family Dev, Cheyenne, WY
  • YWCA of Minneapolis, Early Childhood Dept. *

Early Childhood Conferences

  • Alaska AEYC/Head Start Conference
  • CA Assoc for the Education of Young Children
  • Child Care Assoc. of Louisiana
  • Evang. Lutheran Ed. Assoc Reg. 3 -MN/ND/SD
  • FL Dept of Ed Conf. Even/First/Head Start
  • Florida One Goal Early Childhood Conf.
  • Franklin/Grande Isle (VT) Child Care Network
  • Georgia Head Start Assoc
  • IL Assoc for the Ed. of Young Children
  • Illinois Head Start Assoc
  • Indiana Infant/Toddler Institute
  • Kentucky Head Start *
  • Lakes & Prairies Community Action Head Start
  • Michigan Head Start Assoc.
  • MN Lic. Family Child Care Providers **
  • MN Assoc for the Ed. of Young Children
  • MN Assoc for Family & Early Educ.
  • MN Child Care Resource & Referral
  • MN Head Start Parent Workshop
  • Minnesota PTA *
  • Missouri Head Start Assoc
  • National Head Start Parent Conf.
  • No. Dakota Child Care Res. & Ref.
  • North Metro ECFE Consortium
  • OK DHS, Div. of Child Care Licensing
  • OR Head Start Assoc Parent Conf
  • OR Head Start Assoc Specialist Conf
  • Polk County (OR) Parent & Provider Conf
  • Region1 Head Start (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
  • Region 2 Head Start (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
  • Region 7 Head Start (IA, KS, MO, NE) *
  • Region 8 Head Start (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) **
  • Region 10 Head Start (AK, ID, OR, WA)
  • Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conf, Denver
  • Rosemont/Apple Valley/Eagan (MN) Parent Conf
  • So. Carolina Head Start Assoc.
  • S.D. AEYC/Head Start Conf.
  • Southern MN ECFE Network
  • Univ. WI-Platteville Early Childhood Conf
  • WA State Assoc. Head Start Early Childhood Ed. Action Prog
  • WI Head Start Assoc.

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We just want you to know that your name continues to come up, even two months later, as people share all the things you did to make the conference so successful - and fun. We appreciate that your presentations were so specific to MO and the Head Start audience. Your words were truly inspiring, revealing, heartwarming and challenging. People loved your songs, and especially the way you genuinely shared your appreciation of and support for the work we do in Head Start. Thanks AGAIN! -- Donna Veatch, Exec. Director, Missouri Head Start Assoc.

We hired Kim Ratz to speak at our fall Head Start staff orientation and training. I was looking for someone to provide a positive message of change presented in a manner that staff would enjoy. Kim delivered a wonderful presentation entitled, "How to Thrive in a Radically Changing World -- and Enjoy a Nice Sandbox Too." He used humor and music, tailored to our organization, in his presentation and incorporated our training theme, "All Aboard the Head Start Train." Staff gave very positive feedback to his presentation with many staff personally thanking me for having Kim end our training on such a positive, humorous and relaxed note. I know my Head Start staff are using some of his suggestions to help them get through the many changes our program is going through. I recommend Kim Ratz as a presenter to any organization that is looking for someone to deliver a positive message in a relaxed and fun way. - Skip Ferris, Head Start Director, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia, MN

Kim Ratz's presentations on "Thriving and "Collaboration" were a great fit for our conference. His messages help create success in many aspects of life and should be shared with all. He presented in a manner that was entertaining and informing. Kim would be a huge asset to any group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker. If planning a conference or event where you want to share an important message with excitement, style and grace, I recommend you give Kim Ratz your highest consideration. - Tonya Frehner, Dir of Programs, IL Assoc for the Education of Young Children

After hearing Kim at our Region 2 conference, I asked him to bring us a half-day program to refresh our spirits and make us feel good about the work we do with children and families. Kim accomplished all of this and more through his positive message and style, aided by his knowledge of Head Start. His message was inspiring and believable, and his music made him unique. What we really appreciated was that his message reached everyone who attended -- Head Start staff and invited guests as well. Weeks later I continue to hear people say: They enjoyed the presentation -- It was a mental health workshop -- They had fun in the class -- Wonderful speaker -- He was a 10! It's especially tough mid-year, when staff morale is dropping ... People need to feel good about themselves and the job they do. Kim's program did just that and more. - Freedom Carrigan, Dir of Education, Head Start, Tioga Opportunities Inc., Owego, NY

We needed a fun and inspiring keynote speaker and a workshop presenter that could deliver meaningful content on leadership and supervision. Kim Ratz provided that and more. He was well prepared for a variety of sessions and very flexible. Kim tailored his sessions to our specific needs, stayed throughout the conference, was sincerely interested in our work and engaged staff in discussion and activities. His workshop sessions and materials were highly rated and he successfully led a high energy "American Idol" evening event. It was a great value. - Judy Miller, Exec. Director, Oregon Head Start Assoc.

Kim's "back-to-school" message was relevant for all of our staff - bus drivers, cooks, teachers, aides, and managers. This speaker comes from the heart -- he's a wonderful presenter, the music is great, and we are so glad that we invited him. Our staff have started the year with a great positive attitude and we're ready to thrive. You can see it in their job performance. We received feedback that this was a great way to start the year, and when can we have Kim come back? You can just take my word for it -- if you work with kids he will be a good fit for your organization. He helps you look at yourself first, and that is where it all starts! - Elaine Laird, Executive Dir, Absaroka Head Start, Wyoming

Kim Ratz was the proverbial "icing on the cake" at our 2010 Georgia Head Start Association conference, where he shared relevant motivational messages at both the opening and closing sessions, led 3 workshops, and even served as an exceptional emcee at our Live Auction and "Head Start Idol" Contest! His presence from beginning to end brought consistency throughout the conference and participants enjoyed interacting with him at various levels. We titled Kim our "Conference Troubadour" and he wrote and performed eight wonderful songs tailored to our conference theme, three of which he didn't even write until after the conference started! Most importantly, he has a love for and is knowledgeable about early childhood education, and his breadth of experience enables him to connect with others in many ways. He's a phenomenal planner, a consummate team player, people loved his novel approach, and we were fortunate that he joined us for our conference. - Ramona Warren, Exec. Officer, Georgia Head Start Assoc.

K-12 School Teams & Employee Groups:

This section includes all the school employee groups I've worked with at their local In-services, as well as presentations at their professional development conferences. Some of the groups were individual school site teams, others were district-wide. Some groups consisted of job-alike members, and others were all-staff events involving staff in all job roles, including:

Classroom Teachers - District-wide Administrators - Educational Office Professionals - Facility Management & Operations - Information & Technology - School Boards - School Business Office - School Nurses - School Nutrition - School Principals - Student Transportation - Superintendents - Teacher Aides.

I have been asked several times about who I would recommend as an inspirational speaker to kick off a fall event for schools. Kim Ratz immediately comes to mind. I used Kim at a statewide conference and he was very well received. He customizes his programs to meet his clients needs, his program is professionally delivered and full of energy, and his ideas and information are relevant to educators and immediately useful. But the most obvious feature he offers a meeting planner is his wonderful music - it truly inspires the listener and energizes the message. - Bill Beck, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

This was my second opportunity to engage the services of Kim Ratz - "The Speaker who Sings." Accepting change and working with new peers can be challenging and we needed a little pep talk on how to cope and deal with the growth, changes and challenges we're experiencing in our school division. What I appreciated about Kim's presentation was his effort to know to whom he was speaking and incorporating that into the presentation. He is very familiar with School Policy, Structure and Issues, and his work in schools gives him credibility. We've had a very positive reaction from our staff(s) with many thank yous and requests to bring Kim back. - Ken Bergen, Supervisor of Operations, Garden Valley School Division, Manitoba, Canada

Your presentation had even the usually cynical people looking at the world more positively. Thanks! - Teacher, Transition Plus Dept. Minneapolis Public Schools

We had the opportunity to have Kim perform in our district at our opening day of school celebration. What a positive way to start the school year! The feedback from staff was unanimously enthusiastic. One teacher told me "this was exactly what we needed!" Kim took time to really listen to our needs, priorities, and goals and integrate them into a personalized performance for us. His message was inspiring and entertaining, but never preachy. I highly recommend him to any school district. - Dr. Beverly A. Martin, Assistant Superintendent, Exeter Township School District, Reading, PA

There is always a concern that having someone speak might be good for motivation, but what about lasting change and improvement? Kim provides follow-up to help assure that there are concrete and specific improvements. As a result of his eight presentations on topics including Customer Service, team Building and Leadership, we have instituted helpful initiatives. We continue to build on ideas introduced and nurtured by Kim. - Diana Kasper, Director of Admin. Services, School District 112, Chaska, MN

It is with pleasure that I recommend Kim Ratz as a prospective presenter. I had an opportunity to see Kim present a couple of programs and was so impressed that we contracted with him to come to our district. He was an excellent choice as we had nothing but raving, positive comments from our several employee groups involved in his programs. Kim's programs and his personal touch provided us with outstanding inservices for our employees. If you're looking for a quality presenter, Kim Ratz is the one! -- Galen Munn, Dir of Elementary Curriculum, Klamath Falls (OR) City Schools

Kim: A great big thank you for all that you did at the GASN Conference! Your presentations, songs and engaging with the participants were exactly what we were looking for. You were a spark at the reception, the luncheon performances were great, and your breakout and closing sessions were right on target. As a meeting planner I enjoyed working with you. You made it so easy for me over the last hectic 6 months leading up to the conference. When on site you were very flexible and adjusted to any changes we requested of you. Without a doubt you "connected" very well with the school nurses at the conference. Please use me as a reference as you work with other groups. Best Regards -- Rich Brown, Conference Planner, GA Assoc of School Nurses

On behalf of the members, board and staff of the Association of Alaska School Boards, I would like to thank you for an outstanding message and performance at our annual conference in Anchorage. Few speakers give the time or energy you offered this program. You rallied our members to the theme of "Making Children Alaska's Top Priority" through your songs and stories. We appreciate your efforts to help us make children Alaska's top priority. -- Joseph Reeves, Assoc of Alaska School Boards

Kim Ratz spoke at the New Brunswick Association of School Business Officials conference, and his address was upbeat, insightful, entertaining and informative. Prior to our conference, Kim and I had several conversations about our organization and what our goals are. This resulted in Kim delivering a message that was very much in tune with what was on the mind of our delegates. Feedback from the our members was positive in several ways - there was a lot of audience participation, abundant laughter and noticeable head nodding ! At the conclusion of our conference, "Feedback Forms" confirmed our initial feelings about Kim Ratz's presentation - people were enlightened, energized, and entertained. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I recommend Kim Ratz as a speaker at your conference or seminar. -- Chris Toole, President, NBASBO

Kim: Words cannot express my sincere gratitude for your leadership at our 2009 NAEOP Institute. We all will come away from your message filled with new ideas, energy and hope. It's my dream to see more school districts learning from you and implementing your tools. Thank you very much for coming forward so we could all be filled with your "good stuff" that will help us improve relationships and helping kids learn. - Carol Larson. Institute Chairperson, National Assoc. of Education Office Professionals.

Local K-12 Schools & Organizations

  • Acad. for Science & Agriculture Charter H.S.
  • Anchorage School District, AK ***
  • Anoka-Hennepin School District ****
  • Battle Lake School District *
  • Braham High School
  • Brooklyn Center School District **
  • Buffalo School District *
  • Caledonia School District
  • Cambridge Area Learning Center
  • Cambridge High School
  • CESA 7, Green Bay, WI
  • Chaska Area School District *****
  • Cherry Creek School District, CO
  • Columbia Heights School District
  • Delano School District
  • Eden Prairie School District **
  • Exeter (Reading) School District, PA
  • Fairmont School District
  • Greece Central School District, NY
  • Green River Reg'l Educ Coop, KY
  • Indian Educ. Parent Board, Anoka S.D.
  • International Falls School District **
  • Inver Grove Hts. School District
  • Jordan School District ***
  • Juneau School District, AK *****
  • Klamath Falls School District, OR
  • Lakeville School Nutrition *
  • Lane Ed. Serv. Dist., Eugene, OR **
  • Lincoln Public Schools, NE
  • Litchfield School District
  • Long Prairie / Grey Eagle School District
  • Marshall Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Public Schools **
  • Minnehaha Academy **
  • MN Math & Science Acad. Charter H.S.
  • Moorhead School District
  • Morten School District, MB, Canada **
  • Mound Westonka School District ***
  • NE Metro ISD 196
  • New Prague School District
  • New Ulm Public Schools
  • North St Paul School District **
  • Osseo Area Schools ***
  • Paiedea Academy Charter
  • Princeton High School
  • Prior Lake-Savage School Dist. ****
  • Rochester School District **
  • Roseville School District ***
  • Salem-Keizer School District, OR ***
  • Shakopee School District**
  • Shattuck-St. Marys School
  • South Washington County Sch. Dist.******
  • Spring Lake Park School District ***
  • St. Cloud School District *******
  • St. Francis School District ***
  • St. Louis Park School District ****
  • St Michael/Albertville School District *
  • St. Paul Public Schools**
  • St. Vrain Valley Sch. Dist. (Longmont, CO) **
  • Stillwater Area Schools***
  • SW Metro School Nutrition Consortium **
  • SW MN Education Service Coop *
  • Sweetwater Cty Schools #2 (WY) Student Transp.
  • Twin Cities International School
  • Valley City School District, ND
  • Waseca School District ***
  • West Bend School District, WI **
  • White Bear Lake School District ***
  • Willamette Ed. Serv. Dist., Salem, OR
  • Winkler School District, MB, Canada **
  • Wolf Creek Online High School
  • Worthington Sch Dist Student Transp, OH

K-12 Professional Associations & Organizations:

  • Alaska Assoc Elemen. & Second. Principals
  • Alaska Assoc of School Boards
  • Alaska Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Arizona School Administrators
  • Arizona School Nutrition Assoc.
  • Business Prof of America-MN (H.S. & College)*
  • California School Nurses Organization
  • Canadian Pupil Transportation Assoc.
  • Central MN Assoc of Student Councils
  • Central-MN School Nutrition Consortium
  • Colorado Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
  • Distrib. Ed. Clubs America-MN (H.S. & College)*
  • Education Minnesota (Teachers Conference)
  • Georgia School Nurses Assoc
  • Idaho Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Kansas Assoc. School Business Officials
  • Manitoba Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Massachussetts Student Transportation Assoc.*
  • MN Assoc of Education Office Professionals ***
  • Minnesota Assoc of School Business Officials ***
  • MN Education Facilities Mgmt. Assoc.
  • Minnesota Elementary School Principals *
  • Minnesota School Boards Assoc
  • Minnesota School Nutrition Assoc
  • Minnesota Secondary School Principals
  • Missouri Career & Technical Ed
  • Missouri School Nutrition Assoc.
  • Montana Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Nat'l. Assoc. of Education Office Professionals **
  • Nat'l. Assoc. of Partners in Education (MN)
  • National School Public Relations Assoc
  • National Youth Leadership Council
  • Nebraska Council of School Administrators
  • New Brunswick Assoc. Sch. Business Officials
  • New Mexico Assoc Elementary Principals
  • Northland Foundation Youth Conference
  • No. Dakota School Nutrition Assoc.
  • Oregon Pupil Transportation Assoc
  • Oregon School Public Relations Assoc
  • Pennsylvania Assoc of School Nurse Practitioners
  • Region 10 (MN) Quality Assurance Project
  • Saskatchewan School Boards Assoc
  • Saskatchewan Assoc School Business Officials
  • School Nutrition Assoc of Arizona
  • School Nutrition Assoc. of WI
  • School Nutrition Directors of MN
  • So. MN School Nutrition Consort
  • Upper Midwest SASI Computer Assoc
  • User Network in Technolgy Ed. (Nat'l.)
  • Utah Assoc Secondary School Principals
  • Utah Service Learning Conference
  • WA Assoc of Education Office Professionals
  • WA Assoc Maint./Operations Administrators
  • Wisconsin Assoc of School Business Officials
  • Wisconsin Nutrition & Fitness Conference
  • Wisconsin School Public Relations Assoc
  • Wisconsin Student Councils
  • WY Interdisciplinary Educators Conference **
  • Wyoming Pupil Transportation Assn.

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Community Education, Lifelong Learning & Recreation

This section includes local schools and other organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who provide programs for:

* Afterschool
* Community Education
* Adult Lifelong Learning & Higher Education
* Parks & Recreation

Local Schools & Organizations

  • Aberdeen (SD) YMCA
  • Anchorage Community Ed. (CE) (AK) ***
  • Anoka-Hennepin CE*
  • Aurora (CO) Park & Recreation Dept
  • Brooklyn Center CE *
  • Buffalo CE
  • Burnsville-Eagan-Savage SD Afterschool
  • Cambridge Area Learning Center
  • Cass Lake CE
  • Central Lakes Community College
  • Century College *
  • Chaska CE ***
  • Colorado Springs SD-11 Afterschool
  • Deer Valley CE (AZ)
  • Delano CE
  • Eagan (City of) Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Eden Prairie CE
  • Eugene (OR) 21st Cent. Comm. Lrng Ctrs
  • Fairmont CE**
  • Fargo (ND) - Moorhead (MN) YMCA
  • Farmington Parks & Recreation Dept. *
  • Farmington SD Afterschool
  • Fridley SD Afterschool **
  • Griggs/Steele County (ND) 21st Cent. CLC
  • Hopkins SD CE / Kids & Co *
  • Hastings CE
  • Hennepin Technical College *
  • International Falls CE
  • Inver Grove Comm. College
  • Inver Grove Hts. Community Ed.
  • Jordan CE**
  • Juneau CE (AK) **
  • Minneapolis Community Ed
  • Minnetonka Community Ed
  • Mound Westonka SD Afterschool
  • Mounds View SD Afterschool
  • New Prague CE - Kids Company
  • North St Paul SD Afterschool
  • NE San Antonio (TX) SD Afterschool
  • Northside San Antonio (TX) SD Afterschool
  • Northwest YMCA, New Hope
  • OR Coast Comm. Coll, Lincoln City
  • Osseo Area SD Afterschool
  • Owatonna Parks and Recreation Dept.
  • Prior Lake-Savage CE / Afterschool ***
  • Ridgedale YMCA, Minnetonka ****
  • Robbinsdale Community Ed.
  • Robbinsdale S.D. Afterschool ****
  • Rochester CE *
  • Rosemount Parks & Recreation Dept. **
  • Roseville CE*****
  • Roseville Area Senior Center
  • Salem, OR 21st Century CLC
  • Skills First, St. Paul Welfare2Work***
  • South St Paul Community Ed *
  • South St Paul Kids Choice *****
  • South Washington County CE ****
  • St Cloud CE*****
  • St Francis CE*
  • St Louis Park CE***
  • St Paul Community Ed.
  • St Paul GED Graduation
  • St Paul School to Work Partnership
  • St Vrain Valley CE (CO)
  • Stillwater CE / Afterschool *****
  • Tulsa Community College, OK
  • Univ of MN, Dept of Kinesiology *
  • Univ of MN, Office of Finan. Assist.
  • Univ of MN, Speech Dept. *
  • Univ of NE Ed. Office Professionals *
  • Univ of St. Thomas *
  • US Bur. of Land Mgmt-Parks Div., DC *
  • Waseca CE***
  • Washington Elem Schools KidSpace (AZ)
  • Wayzata SD Afterschool
  • Westonka CE / Afterschool ***
  • West St Paul Afterschool **
  • West St Paul Community Ed
  • White Bear Lake SD Afterschool ***
  • Willmar CE & Rec.
  • Winona CE*
  • YMCA-Twin Cities Summer Camps **
  • Youth Ldshp. Summit, Prince Rupert, BC

Lifelong Learning & Recreation Conferences:

  • Alaska Assoc Community Ed. ***
  • Alaska Recreation & Parks Assoc **
  • Arizona Community Ed. Assoc.
  • British Columbia Assoc. Community Ed.
  • CO Assoc Quality School Age Programs
  • CT Assoc. for Adult & Contin. Ed.
  • DE Assoc for Adult & Contin. Ed.
  • IL Reg. Community Ed conference
  • Indiana Assoc for Adult & Contin. Ed. *
  • Iowa Adult Education Assoc
  • Int'l. Comm. Ed. Assoc. Conf -Vancouver, BC
  • Kentucky Afterschool Institute
  • MI Assoc for Adult & Contin. Ed.
  • MN Assoc for Adult & Contin. Ed.
  • Minnesota Collection Assoc ***
  • Minnesota Community Ed. Assoc *****
  • MN Dept of Ed Community Ed. Section
  • Minnesota Recreation & Parks Assoc *
  • Minnesota School Age Care Alliance ***
  • Missouri School Age Care Coalition
  • Mtn. Plains Adult Ed. Conf. CO/ID/MT/UT/WY
  • Multi-State CE Conf - IA/MN/ND/SD/WI ******
  • Natl. Community Ed. Assoc. ********
  • Natl. Council State Community Ed. Assn.
  • National Recreation & Parks Assoc.
  • Nebraska Recreation & Parks Assoc.
  • New Mexico Adult Education Assoc.
  • Oklahoma Ctr for Community Ed.
  • Oregon Community Education Assoc ***
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Assoc.
  • Pacific Assoc of College Registrars, Victoria, BC
  • So. Carolina Recreation & Parks Assn.
  • So. Dakota School Age Care Assoc.
  • Star of the North Games, Minnesota
  • Texas Community Education Assoc **
  • Up. Midw. Assoc Coll Registr. & Adm Officers
  • Utah Assoc of Adult Education *
  • Utah After School Alliance
  • Wisconsin Community Education Assoc
  • Wyoming Recreation & Parks Assoc.
  • YMCA Professional Network-MN

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Kim Ratz provided us with a wonderful way to kick the year off. He was entertaining and motivating! His stories and songs impart a lighthearted approach while still ensuring some very serious "thinking" is going on. He tailors himself well to the after-school arena and helped make our entire orientation for 300 employees (college students to "veterans") a rousing success! -- Becky Stoughton/ Director, Community Education & After School Programs - Northeast ISD, San Antonio, TX

It's a tough way to make a living. You make it look easy. Phil Houseal, Texas Community Education Assoc.

Thank you so much for a job not just well done but very well done! Your presentation style was refreshing, and the fact that you took the time to personalize your focus to address the specific needs of our organization made it much more meaningful to all involved. In going through the conference evaluations, many participants echoed these sentiments. It's easy to hire a presenter who will come in, give a speech and catch the next flight out. It's much more difficult to find someone who will become as much a part of the conference as the planners and participants -- well done and thank you so much in making our conference a memorable, successful event. -- Terri Odell, 2005 Conference Coordinator, Texas Community Ed Assoc

I asked Kim (rather last minute) to do an inspirational and participatory workshop for our staff development day. Through his style, and program, "Playing Nice in the Sandbox," Kim came into our Center and immediately lifted us up. With his unique blend of songs, stories and knowledge of our field of work, he had us at "hello." And held us there. For over three hours. Kim informed and taught, he listened and heard, he drew out of the crowd their own stories, challenges and highlights. Kim was masterful at bringing his many years of experience to our district, and acknowledging our own expertise. And like the "Wizard of Oz," he caused us to know/remember what we had all along - hope, answers and resolutions. The experience was sustaining - we continue to reference comments, lyrics and mantras used during our day with Kim. We would welcome him back anytime and know that his presentation would be fresh, not simply the same material retold, but new and interesting and relevant to our needs. Kim is a true teacher. A Bodhisattva! Many thanks - Kristi Sabby, Tiger Club Coordinator, Fridley School District 14

Kim presented at the Missouri School Age Community Coalition Leadership Institute in St. Louis, and we loved how he designed his Keynote presentation and concurrent workshops around our conference theme, "The Performance of a Lifetime." His variations of presentation style using humor, song, music, presentation skills and audience participation kept everyone interested and intrigued with what he was going to do next! Survey results from our attendees reflected a high level of satisfaction with their new learning, activities and opportunities fostered by Kim's presentations. Kim was extremely easy to work with and his main concern was always ensuring that he was providing what we needed. We will definitely invite Kim again! - Laurie McTearnen, MOSAC2-Leadership Development Institute Chairman

We brought Kim in to conduct a half-day training program to help kick off the new school year, and he did an exceptional job! Given his passion for Community Education and after school programs, he also reminded us just how important what we do really is, and why most of us love what we do. Kim's customized program, and willingness to be involved before, during and after the training was noticed and appreciated by everyone. Since the training, many people have been talking about the exciting ideas they took away from the training and some are already incorporating them into their programs. I you want a dedicated, knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate trainer to help you energize your team, I highly recommend Kim. - Susan Zimmerman, District Coordinator of Community Schools, St Vrain Schools, Longmont, CO

I observed Kim while he presented at the IN Assoc for Adult & Community Education conference and was impressed with his ability to connect with members in a variety of ways. His unique approach incorporating music certainly made it more interesting to pay attention to and participate in his programs - a great adult learning strategy. His background in adult and community education, including his years with the Alaska Dept of Education helped Kim connect his valuable message in many relevant and timely ways. He went far beyond tweaking a standard presentation. His skills were also evident in his conversations with many individuals between his presentations. He became familiar with issues and participated in activities. He was flexible and committed to doing anything he could to contribute to an enjoyable and successful conference. I highly recommend Kim to any group of adult educators who are also seeking to be adult learners - and have fun while doing so. - Linda Warner, Director, Div of Adult Education, Indiana Dept of Ed

It is with pleasure and confidence that I recommend Kim Ratz. His willingness to be involved throughout the conference, to help with entertainment at a special event and be flexible and fill-in whenever needed was definitely above and beyond our expectations. The evaluations praised his presentation skills and the content of his programs (a keynote, two workshops, and help at our awards banquet) and people loved the way he incorporated music and story-telling into his programs. I highly recommend Kim as an enthusiastic, gifted speaker who will work hard on your behalf. - Nancy Robb, program Chair, Alaska Recreation & Parks Assoc.

Thank you so much for what you shared with us last week! Soon I will be convening a staff meeting to discuss a tough challenge our Recreation Dept. is facing, and before the conference I was worried about how to "frame" this meeting. Now, because of your keynote and workshops, I'm excited for the day because yuou helped me learn ways to better understand "what's really going on," how to "reframe the situation," and how to engage our team members in issues I know they care about too. That in itself was an awsome take-away, yet you kept adding to the learning - and fun - through your other activiries and presentations over the 2 days. Keep up the great work, Kim; I wish you continued success too! - Attendee, So. Carolina Parks & Recreation Assoc. Conference

Other Helping Professionals

This section includes local organizations, & state-level associations serving professionals who work in:

* Health Care
* Public Safety Telecommunications (9-1-1)
* Community & Human Services
* Faith-based organizations
* Chambers of Commerce, and individual companies.

Kim's workshop with our staff was exceptional and received the highest ratings from our staff. His presentation was done in a way that got information across in a manner that staff could understand and remember and was done with a great sense of humor and in a manner that was respectful, enjoyable and memorable. At the end the staff not only heard the messages Kim was presenting, but it resonated with them. It was a great day for all of us. Thanks Kim for a wonderful day. -- Mike Fieldman, Exec Director, Umpqua Community Action Network, Roseburg, OR

Each year our employees complete a Performance Culture Assessment survey. Although all of our scores are very good, the area of "Conflict Resolution" was the lowest. To provide us with the tools to improve our skills, we invited Kim to speak to us about Conflict Resolution. Kim did an outstanding job in engaging our employees and providing us with education for recognizing our own communication and conflict resolution behaviors. He helped us better understand we all use different styles, and gave us information explaining what that means so that when we are communicating with others, we can be more effective in delivering our message. Kim used humorous stories, relevant scenarios, and song that provided a fun and relaxed learning environment. I have received many thank yous and positive comments from staff for brining Kim to our facility. Thank you Kim for helping us on our journey of providing excellent patient and resident care! - Gail Grant, Director of Human Resources, St Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN

I'm writing this letter to thank you for the wonderful job you did at our recent North Central Regional APCO Conference. Your topic, "Playing Nice in the Sandbox" was well received and dealt with a common problem experienced by most dispatch centers. Multiple personalities working in a high stress environment and keeping a harmonious work place is a common issue for our business. You understand this, and delivered; here's what he kept hearing, consistently, after you spoke:
"It was obvious he researched his topic and the audience he was delivering it to." "The time went by so fast, he kept the audience involved and attentive." "I thought this was going to be another so-so seminar, wow! Was I wrong." "This was so great, we want to bring him to one of our conferences."
So I want to personally thank you for the way you worked with our committee, taking the time to sit in with several of our dispatchers to learn what they do and hear some of their concerns in order for you to make your presentation personal to our industry. It is obvious from working with you on this conference and from that initial conversation at the airport in 2001 that you are a man with a message, and that you sincerely believe it. I look forward to working with you again at a future event. - Charles Venske ENP, Secretary, North Central Assoc of Public Safety Communication Officers (911)

Our group was looking for a motivational speaker to help kick off our conference on a positive note, and Kim was able to do this with ease by bringing a unique presentation style to our conference. His stories of personal experiences, intertwined with music, sets him apart from other speakers; Kim has the ability to guide everyone to an "Ah-ha" moment, and our members were left with a new outlook on things both in their personal and professional lives. For days after, people were still talking about Kim and how great his session was. He really brought that certain "something" that our conference has been missing for a long time, and Kim's role got us off on the right start! Kim's tips for being more positive really helped our attendees to "go with the flow" when we had to change things up because the next day's speaker had to cancel. Personally, I really appreciated Kim's words of wisdom on that "crisis day" - I know they helped me! I would recommend Kim Ratz for any type of event where you want positivity to be your focal point. - Nick Audette, Conference Planner, MN CAMIS (Community Action Management Information Systems)

Local Organizations:

  • Albany (NY) Community Action Partnership
  • Allina Hosp./Clinics, Surg. Svcs, Coon Rapids
  • Allina Hospital & Clinic, New Ulm
  • American Business Women Assoc, MN Chapter *
  • Anchorage, AK Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Anoka County Community Health Dept
  • Anoka County Compassion Action Network
  • Bayview Event Center, Excelsior
  • Bi-County Community Action Partnership, Bemidji
  • Brooklyn Center Chamber of Commerce
  • Cancer Fundraising Benefit, St Paul
  • Cheyenne Foster Grandparents, WY
  • CommonBond Affordable Housing ***
  • Community Action for Suburban Hennepin
  • Community Action Mgmt Info Systems, MN
  • Comm./Univ. Partn'shp Health Educ Services
  • Ernst & Young, Minneapolis
  • Fairview-University Medical Center, Minneapolis
  • Faith Presbyterian Church, Minnetonka
  • FIG So MN Homes for Disabled
  • First Presbyterian Church, Mankato
  • Heartland Community Action Agency, Willmar
  • Hennepin County Government *****
  • Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis
  • Klondike Gold Dredge, Skagway (AK)
  • Lakes & Pines Comm. Act. Council, Moorhead
  • Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater
  • Lennox Senior Center, St Louis Pk
  • Medford, OR Job Council
  • Meadowbrook Collaborative, St Louis Park
  • Methodist Hospital, St Louis Park
  • Minnesota Veterans Home, Mpls
  • Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, Minnetonka
  • Options, Inc., Big Lake
  • Park Nicollet Clinics, St Louis Park
  • Plymouth Rotary
  • REM Northstar, Crookston
  • Roseburg (OR) Interagency Training Network
  • St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge
  • St Joseph Immanuel Hospital, Mankato
  • St Lukes Presbyterian Church
  • St Patricks Catholic Church, Eagan
  • St Paul Chamb Commerce/School Dist. Partnshp.
  • St Peter Regional Treatment Center **
  • Stillwater Community Collaborative
  • Stillwater Rotary
  • United Comm. Action Network, Roseburg, OR **
  • Western Community Action

Other "Helping Professional" Conferences:

  • Alaska Govt Finance Officers Assoc
  • Alaska Travel Industry Assoc
  • American Volunteer Assoc, SE WI Chapter
  • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Assoc.
  • Colorado Community Action Assoc.
  • Colorado NENA/APCO (9-1-1)
  • Community Action Directors of Oregon
  • Dakota 9-1-1 Conference
  • Gulf Coast 911 Conference APCO/NENA, AL
  • Louisiana Chapter APCO/NENA (9-1-1)
  • Mankato Professional Development Assoc
  • Midwest Dairy Assoc, Kansas City, MO
  • MN Assoc County Social Services Admin.
  • Minnesota APCO/NENA (9-1-1)******
  • MN Community Action Partn. - CAMIS Conf
  • Minnesota Dietetic Assoc
  • MN Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Assoc
  • Minnesota Public Works Assoc
  • Minnesota Sheriffs Assoc.
  • Municipal Clerks Finance Officers Assoc-MN
  • Natl Assoc of State Veteran Homes
  • National Community Action Partnership Conf
  • No. Central Reg. Telecommunicators Conf (9-1-1)
  • North Star Chapter Int'l. Assoc. Admin. Prof.
  • Oregon APCO/NENA (9-1-1)
  • Oregon Employment & Training Assoc *
  • Oregon Wellness Conference @ Seaside
  • PLM, Inc.
  • Professional Secretaries Int'l, Mankato
  • Region 8 & 10 Community Action Conference ***
  • So. Carolina Community Action Partnership Assoc
  • So. Dak. Assoc. Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
  • St Paul Chamber of Commerce
  • State Farm Insurance - Aspiring Agents **
  • Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce **
  • Twin Cities West Chap, Intl. Assn. Admin. Prof. *
  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, Minnetonka *
  • WA State APCO/NENA (9-1-1)
  • Wenger Corp., Owatonna
  • WI Chapter NENA (9-1-1)

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