Dr. Red Shoe Bio

Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP, is a global speaker, consulting psychologist, and sassy grandmother. Business leaders, government teams, speakers, and military families rely on Dr. Red Shoe’s humor and wisdom to learn communication strategies to deal with difficult people, conflict, and ethical dilemmas. 

Dr. Gurri is a Certified Speaking Professional™, a designation earned by twelve percent of speakers globally. An author, podcaster, DoD Yellow Ribbon Speaker, Chair of the CSP Committee, and seasoned psychology consultant for nearly forty years, Dr. Red Shoe is honored to support leaders and teams, speakers, and our military and their families through keynotes, emceeing, training, and consulting programs.

Why the Red Shoes? When the Gurri family left Cuba for the USA, mother Beba wore impractical red shoes as a sign of strength. For four-year-old Margarita, those red shoes magically transformed the power of conflict with courage, humor, and grace.

Author of The Ethical Speaker, Trilogy of Anger, La Trilogia de la Ira, and Anglican Prayer Beads, and co-author of The Happiness Recipe.

Broadcasts and Podcasts include Ask Dr. Red Shoe, Touch Base Tuesdays for military families, and Step Up! for business leaders and teams.


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The Ethical Speaker is a great resource for CSP applicants...

and anyone hoping to add professionalism to their speaking business. And you'll be surprised to find it's also an enjoyable read. Sprinkled with quotes from people you know, ranging from Zig Ziglar to Warren Buffet, each page pulls you along ... enjoyably.

—George Walther, CSP, CPAE

Her energy and joie de vivre is infectious…

She is an excellent clinician who speaks with expertise, caring and integrity. She is an extremely ethical professional, valuing diversity and facilitating positive change in her clients on a wide variety of topics related to children and adults. Dr. Gurri is an author who writes for the lay public for the betterment of her community. She is an energetic, playful and extremely loving human being. Her energy and joie de vivre is infectious."

—Ed Dunkelblau, PhD, The Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning

Raise the bar!

Dr. Gurri is one of my favorite people in the professional speaking business! She is a bright, funny, compassionate, extremely creative, and gifted communicator. Margarita truly has a heart for making a difference in people's lives. I highly recommend Margarita to any organization that wants to grow, be energized, or "raise the bar!" She will hit a home run!!

—David Anderson, PhD, Impacting People, LLC

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