Heidi Dening

Australia - NSW

Heidi Dening is an empowering keynote and virtual speaker whose elegant, yet powerful presence leaves audiences wanting to do more, give more, have more and be more. She is the author of a best-selling book called ‘Her Middle Name Is Courage’ and is currently on a crusade to make sure organisations and their people are resilient enough to come out of these stressful, uncertain and changeable times.

Heidi often appears in the media as a resilience expert, including a recent segment on Channel Nine’s Weekend Today.

Since transforming her own setbacks such as a paralysing illness where she lost the use of her legs, to gunpoint kidnappings, from tsunami terror, and narrowly escaping being burnt alive, she now empowers organisations and their people to find the courage to keep moving forward during tough times.

This means her presentations are a unique compilation of science-based facts from her degree, knowledge from the 20+years of business experience, and insights from rising above these real-life adversities.

Over the last 22 years she has started, scaled and sold an award-winning health, fitness and education business; founded an international not-for-profit with hundreds of volunteers across 3 countries; and delivered empowering presentations and programs at Accenture, Westpac, and Metcash to name just a few. She was chosen for the NSW Government’s Inspirational Women showcase and has been awarded Westpac’s International Women’s Day Local Hero Award.

Speaking topics

Tough Times Don’t Last. Resilient People Do.
Are You Mastering Your Resilience and Performing at Your Best?

This presentation is designed to help you find the courage to build your resilience, so you can navigate better out of tough times. Whether you are experiencing financial challenges, job insecurity, workplace dramas, or personal pressures, this impactful session will help you build your resilience and create a positive plan for life.

You will learn:

  • To be the boss of your thoughts, not the slave of them, so you can pinpoint opportunities during challenging times.
  • How to disconnect, so you can reconnect with what’s most important for your life right now.
  • To proactively build your resilience so you can bend rather than break during high-pressured times.

Cool, Calm and Collected in a Challenging World
How to Manage Your Stress and Cope Better with Uncertainty

This wellbeing presentation is designed to show you simple, actionable micro-changes that you can make in life, to transform your daily stress and often overwhelming feelings of uncertainty into productivity and performance. These strategies will help you take back control of your life even when family, flatmates, fur-babies and frequent work distractions are preventing you from moving into a calm state of focus and flow.

You will learn:

  • How to recognise the warning signs of burnout that your body and brain are sending to you, before it’s too late.
  • Structured self-care habits to help you focus and concentrate when it matters, and rest and rejuvenate when it’s needed.
  • A four-part resilience formula to help you remain cool, calm and collected in this ever-changing world.

Courageous Self-Leadership during Times of Change
Improve Your Professional Impact by Proactively Leading Yourself

This self-leadership presentation is designed to give you the courage and ability to lead your company, your team and even your community during times of change. When those around you are paralysed by fear, learn to adapt, innovate and keep your momentum flowing through tough times.

You will learn:

  • How to impact more people and engage better with your team by embracing one self-leadership trait.
  • Four resilience building habits that successful leaders prioritise and how to apply them to your life.
  • How to manage your stress so you can courageously lead with empathy and effectiveness.


In the modern business environment, the deep expertise and practical strategies that Heidi empowers us with is a much needed and welcome change. If you are looking for ideas to recognise the early signs of work fatigue and burnout in your profession, Heidi has strategies to combat even the darkest of storms. Her presentation skills and abilities to command a room are world class.
Anthony Grifoni
Law Society of Sutherland

Vibrant and engaging on stage, equally amazing in a virtual environment, Heidi is the master at helping individuals and organisations build resilience so they are better equipped to handle the tough stuff when it is thrown their way. She has lived through some of the toughest moments and has had to find her way back. It is this experience and her powerful storytelling that strengthens her messages and resonates deeply with audiences.
Claire Baines, GM
Hands Across The Water

Heidi is an inspiring and engaging storyteller who has turned her extraordinary experiences into practical, clear strategies which we can all implement immediately into our corporate lives. Her stories are incredible and as I looked around the room, I could see that everyone was completely spellbound.
Louise Moule, Marketing Manager
Real Estate Institute of NSW

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