Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening

‘Best International Keynote Speaker’  |  Resilience Expert
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About Heidi

“Heidi Dening is an authentic, resilient and gutsy self-leader who has courageously flipped adversity on its head and is now leaving her legacy by empowering others to do the same....”

Heidi Dening is on a crusade to make sure organisations and their people are resilient enough to come out of these stressful, uncertain and changeable times.

She often appears in the media as a resilience expert, has just been named ‘Best International Keynote Speaker’ in the Asia Pacific region at the Influential Businesswoman Awards 2020 and is the author of a best-selling self-leadership book called ‘Her Middle Name Is Courage’.

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.

Over the last 23 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.

What people say about Heidi

Everyone Was Spellbound By Her Extraordinary Experiences

“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.”

– Marketing Manager, Real Estate Institute of NSW

She Is World-Class

“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.”

– Law Society of Sutherland

Powerful Storytelling That Resonates Deeply with Audiences

“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.”

– GM, Hands Across The Water

“She brought great energy, warmth and insight to the conference.”

– Mark McCrindle, Social Researcher and Demographer

“Heidi provides thought-provoking, well-researched data and her messages are real and meaningful.”

– Emma Bowyer, Managing Director, International Conferences Management Services Australasia

“The audience loved what Heidi brought to the stage and the great learning’s she shared at our conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Bangkok.”

– Peter Baines, Company Director, Hands Across The Water

“Heidi’s Insights are Practical, Life-impacting, and Creates Immediate & Positive Change for Her Audience Members”

– Belinda Melocco, Chair of the Sydney Event Network

“Heidi certainly stands out from the pack in terms of her knowledge, delivery, personality and
enthusiasm.”

– Ronnie Altit, CEO and Founder Incentra

“She Had the Room in the Palm of Her Hand.”

– Amanda Farmer, Lawyer and Founder of Your Strata Property

She brought great energy, warmth and insight to the conference.

– Mark McCrindle, Social Researcher and Demographer

“Heidi provides thought-provoking, well-researched data and her messages are real and meaningful.”

– Emma Bowyer, Managing Director, International Conferences Management Services Australasia

Heidi's books

Her Middle Name is Courage

Her Middle Name is Courage