Barbara Hemphill started her business in 1978 with a $7 in a New York City newspaper. For 20 years, she focused on paper and physical clutter. With the dawning of the internet, she began applying her principles to digital clutter, but in recent years has concluded that the true clutter that prevents people from accomplishing their work and enjoying their life is emotional and spiritual.
As founder of Productive Environment Institute, Barbara’s goal is to offer an attractive career to individuals who have made family life a priority. To this end, her company provides comprehensive training to become a Certified Productive Environment Specialist (CPES). Her specialists provide customized services, strategies and systems for individuals and organizations to enable their clients to accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. Their ultimate aim is to help people increase profit, productivity, and peace of mind.
Frequently referred to as the “Paper Tiger Lady,” Barbara started her business is 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. She is the author of Taming the Paper Tiger at Work, Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever, Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest! and Less Clutter More Life.
Spanning a 35-year career on the cutting edge of what USA Today called a billion dollar industry, Barbara has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. She was recently featured on the cover of Today’s Business Woman and in Fast Company. She is past president of the Washington DC chapter of National Speakers Association, and president of National Association of Professional Organizers, where she was a winner of the Founder’s Award, and a two-time winner of the President’s Award.
Initially trained in music education, Barbara organized an international choir in Grenada, West Indies, and New Delhi, India, and can frequently be found in the choir or at the piano at her church. As a follower of Jesus, Barbara’s mission is to express His love through her work and her life so that other people will feel this love whether or not they share her beliefs.
An adventurer as well as an innovator, Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India in the 1970’s, she adopted three children. In addition, her family includes two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and her beloved one-of-a-kind husband Alfred Taylor, with whom she shares their own Productive Environment™ near Raleigh, NC.
Barbara Hemphill spoke at our annual convention. Our members are still taking about the presentation and many of them have put the techniques to work and are astounded with the results!
If attendance is a good barometer, the SRO crowd that turned out for Technology Is Not a Substitute forOrganization must mean that your reputation precedes you and that librarians are a very disorganized bunch! Many people who attended the program took the time to tell me how helpful they are finding some of your solutions, and evaluations done the day of your presentation were very favorable.
You helped to make our Conference a great success! Many of the attendees had remarked that you were the highlight of the Conference. You were able to communicate a great deal of practical information that can be applied to our everyday lives. Your presentation was very educational and enjoyed by all those who attended.
Your participation as a speaker/workshop presenter made the conference an outstanding success. Overall the participants rated the conference 4.2 on a scale of 1-5.