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About Heidi Dening

When Heidi Dening shares her empowering insights from stage, in workplaces or via online platforms, she leaves people wanting to do more, give more, have more and be more. She is the author of a best-selling self-leadership book called ‘Her Middle Name Is Courage’, and has dedicated her career to inspiring thousands of people across the globe with resilience, self-leadership and wellbeing programs from small children on remote pacific islands to professional teams across 19 different industries.

Work History

Over the last 22 years she has started, scaled and sold an award-winning health and education business; founded an international not-for-profit with hundreds of volunteers across three countries; and delivered empowering presentations and programs to business leaders at Accenture, Westpac, ServiceNSW and Metcash to name just a few, on topics such as resilience, self-leadership and wellness.


Heidi often appears in the media as a resilience expert, including a recent segment on Channel Nine’s Weekend Today and a full-page newspaper article about the mental health pandemic following COVID-19.

She was named ‘Best International Keynote Speaker’ in the Asia Pacific region at the Influential Businesswoman Awards, listed on the NSW Government’s Inspirational Women showcase in the entrepreneurial and empowerment category and been awarded Westpac’s International Women’s Day Local Hero Award.

She has been a global advisor for the International WELL Building Institute since 2018. Her advisory group looks at how our workplaces impact our stress levels, resilience, productivity and mental health. This gives her access to cutting edge data on these topics.


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 when petrol bombs were thrown at her room, she now empowers organisations and their people to find the courage to keep moving forward during tough times.

This means her presentations and programs 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.


Heidi believes that education changes lives and that is why she has made it her mission to empower as many people as she can on how to strengthen their resilience and embrace self-leadership strategies so they can overcome adversity and rise out of tough times stronger than ever.

She is humbled by the fact that her training and development programs, keynote presentations, online masterclasses, insightful content and regular contributions to global education projects have already transformed the lives of thousands of people worldwide.

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How Resilient Are You?

Do you know the impact these stressful and uncertain times are having on you?
Take this 3min Quiz
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You don’t wake up one morning burnt out. Avoid procrastination, overwhelm and mental health issues for yourself and your team members by understanding the warning signs that your body and brain are sending.

During this session you will learn:

  1. To map out your own response to work stress and identify the physical, behavioural and performance warning signs before breaking down.
  2. How to harness your freeze, flight and fight responses to get more done in less time.
  3. How to choose the most relevant and impactful de-stress strategy that you can immediately implement.