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Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening is an empowering keynote speaker whose elegant, yet powerful presence on stage leaves audiences 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 an experienced educator who believes that resilient, healthy self-leaders create profitable, impactful organisations.

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Testimonials for Heidi Dening

“We had the absolute pleasure of working with Heidi throughout the 2019 Future of Leadership series in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Bangkok. The audience loved what she brought to the stage and the great learnings she shared for all in the attendance. She was equally as delightful to work with off stage which is hugely important to us. We loved working with Heidi and I have no doubt if you book her you will be just as thrilled.”

Peter Baines, Company Director, Hands Across The Water


“Heidi was brilliant. You could have heard a pin drop in that room. Her unique stories and the resilience and self-leadership lessons she has distilled from them are gifts for everyone in the audience because they lead to lifelong impact. I’m in awe.”

Belinda Melocco, Chair of the Sydney Event Network


“As Australia’s longest established conference organiser, I must have seen thousands of presentations from skilled professionals but Heidi exceeded the high expectations that I had by being an engaging, inspiring and informative speaker.”

Bryan Holliday, Chairman, ICMSA ( International Conferences Management Services Australasia)


“Heidi did a fantastic job emceeing the two day ASBAQ conference, and she brought great energy, warmth and insight to the conference.”

Mark McCrindle, Social Researcher and Demographer, McCrindle Research


“We have utilised Heidi’s excellent skills as a motivational speaker, menu consultant and conference facilitator. Heidi’s ethos is to transform habits long-term and in this regard her messages are real and meaningful. More importantly, they apply to all sectors and can be easily applied to all skill sets. Heidi provides thought-provoking and well-researched data for each client and I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.”

Emma Bowyer, Managing Director, ICMSA (International Conferences Management Services Australasia)

Heidi Dening Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Heidi Dening's Biography

Heidi Dening is an empowering keynote speaker whose elegant, yet powerful presence on stage leaves audiences 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 an experienced educator who believes that resilient, healthy self-leaders create profitable, impactful organisations.


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, & Random House to name just a few, on topics such as business performance, resilience and self-leadership.


Heidi was recently chosen for the NSW Government’s Inspirational Women showcase in the entrepreneurial and empowerment category and has been awarded Westpac’s International Women’s Day Local Hero Award. She is the only Australian to be selected for a global advisory position that 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 real-life setbacks such as a paralysing illness where she lost the use of her legs, to gunpoint kidnappings, from tsunami terror, and firebomb attacks, she now shares her impactful strategies from stage and in workplaces so others can become the courageous self-leaders they were destined to be. This results in organisations improving their performance, retention and bottom line.


Heidi hates seeing people not live their life to the fullest. 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 believes that this will then send a ripple effect of vitality, resilience and optimism into workplaces, into families, and into communities … potentially improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people globally.

Speaking Topics Include

Leaders with Vitality - How to Prevent Professional Burnout and Achieve Your True Potential

In today’s fast-paced world, more and more individuals and teams are feeling overwhelmed. The expectation to be available outside of traditional office hours and the constant ‘juggle’ of work and life leaves them fatigued and burnt out. This keynote presentation will empower business leaders and their teams with strategies and micro-changes that can transform an increasingly exhausted workplace into a high-performing culture.

You will learn:

Coping tactics to help replenish the brain and body – especially during hectic and high-pressured times

How to recognise the warning signs of burnout before it’s too late

Practical wellness strategies to improve sleep, vitality and performance


Resilient Self-Leaders Create Magnetic Work Cultures - Improve Business Performance with Resilient Self-Leaders

Resilient leaders positively impact themselves, their teams and their organisations because they are better equipped to respond and adapt to market disruptions, organisational change and challenging competitor strategies. Learn how to be one step ahead of everyone else in your industry by strengthening the resilience buckets of your team members and your organisation.

You will learn:

About the successful performance and loyalty benefits gained with optimistic, resilient teams members.

The four most impactful self-leadership traits to develop in your people.

How to create sustainable programs that will enable continual business improvement and growth.


Self-Leadership is the Future of Leadership - How Self-leadership is Transforming our Workplaces … and our World

Leadership as we know it is changing and the time has come to no longer look outwards for direction, but rather to look within. We know that to be a talented leader you first need to be a talented self-leader. You have to successfully lead yourself, even through the tough times before you can expect anyone to walk with you.


Based on her amazon best-selling book, Heidi shares how she has transformed her real-life ordeals into opportunities. These impactful self-leadership strategies empower professionals to rise above adversity and build their resilience so they have the strength and ability to move forward even when life throws its unexpected curve balls. In this ever-changing, complex business world, this is an asset that ensures adaptability and innovation across all industries.

You will learn:

How to recognise and apply the traits that the world’s most inspiring self-leaders share

Why strengthening your resilience bucket will help you to bend rather than break during high-pressured times

The four most impactful self-leadership habits that successful professionals prioritise


Stop. Revive. Thrive. - Master The Art Of Rejuvenation

This presentation is designed to help you prioritise yourself despite everyone else wanting you to prioritise them. Learn how to take back control of your life by setting healthy boundaries and incorporating self-care strategies so you can bend rather than break during high-pressured times.

You will learn:

Powerful rituals to help you sleep more and stress less

Strategies to disconnect, so you can reconnect with yourself and those around you

Practical techniques to prevent you from feeling physically and mentally depleted when the going gets tough