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Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

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Five Factors to Understanding Resilience
Two Ingredients Needed to Move Toward Positive Change
Virtual Presentation: Rethinking Wellness Micro-Habits in Times of Crisis
Robyne Hanley-Dafoe Headshot
Five Factors to Understanding Resilience
Two Ingredients Needed to Move Toward Positive Change
Virtual Presentation: Rethinking Wellness Micro-Habits in Times of Crisis

Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning education and psychology instructor. She specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, wellness in the workplace, and optimal performance both at home and work. Her keynotes, grounding in global research, share accessible and practical strategies that help foster resiliency and wellness within ourselves and others.

Hanley-Dafoe’s work is inspired by personal experience. She learned resiliency from the ground up as someone who has experienced significant obstacles throughout her life. This, combined with more than 18 years of university teaching and research experience, makes Hanley-Dafoe’s work both accessible and relatable while providing realistic and sustainable strategies for understanding and practicing everyday resiliency and wellness.

Hanley-Dafoe is the bestselling author of two books: Calm Within the Storm, which won a 2022 Silver Nautilus Award, and her most recent, Stress Wisely: How to Be Well in an Unwell World.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • We recently had Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe speak at our annual GTACC Leadership Summit and she was outstanding! Despite some technical difficulties on our end, Robyne remained totally calm and in fact calmed me down!

    She remained so flexible to pivot as required. Her talk is so genuinely heart plus science. It is so practical that anyone listening can have clear, actionable take-aways.

    Robyne has the art of sharing a lesson through very relevant stories. She is so easy to work with and just a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend booking Robyne for your next conference as your attendees will thank you!

  • A note of thanks for today’s webinar — it was by far the best session I have attended in recent years! Your content, delivery, personal style and approach. It was all absolutely perfect.

  • The session was absolutely amazing and everything she said resonated, made sense and was easy to follow! Very impressed. Did not expect a virtual session, with the distraction of being on a work laptop, to be so commanding and excellent!

  • She was so inspirational — not only too me but to pretty much all my colleagues. Our session took place in a movie theater and I felt like I was watching a movie, never took my eyes off her, she made me cry (more than once) she made me laugh (more than once) and most of all she inspired me (more than once). I have had such positive feedback that I am racking my brains on how I can justify having her come again. She has been the talk of the town in both our offices and people cannot stop saying amazing things about her. I thank you and your team for making the booking seamless.

  • Robyne’s presentation went extremely well. She was fantastic. It was very relevant to our group and was well received by everyone. The feedback has really been amazing. There were so many nuggets of information that we all walked away with. I would highly recommend Robyne as a speaker.

  • Robyne was a dynamic and engaging presenter who captivated the audience with a blend of compelling research and personal experiences. Robyne projected confidence, passion and humour in her keynote address the Partners in Prevention conference in Kitchener to over 400 people. She provided attendees with practical tools that would immediately make them more empathetic, more knowledgeable and more understanding of what unites all people.

  • Robyne’s talk on resiliency is motivating and informative with humour and personal experiences shared throughout to keep the audience engaged. Robyne has a way of taking complex information and delivering it in a way that makes sense and has both work and life applications. Often times 1.5 hour talks can be too long for participants to sit through- but come the end of 1.5 hours with Robyne, the audience (front line, mostly outside working staff), could have sacrificed their break to hear more. I have heard remarks like “best presentation I have ever seen” and “best session ever” in the weeks following Robyne’s talk.  I recommend Robyne for any level of your organization- her dynamic, engaging and heartfelt presentation will leave participants feeling motivated to be better versions of themselves with practical tips and clear solutions all the while having laughed many, many times during her talk. I would have Robyne deliver all of our training if I could!

  • Robyne was able to speak to fortitude and resilience from the head and heart. Her style and presentation were adapted well to the audience. My 12-year-old granddaughter was fascinated and proclaimed it the best part, while co-workers are still discussing what they learned.

  • Dr. Robyne was a huge hit! Her ability to shape her presentation to fit the audience was amazing and she had people laughing, crying and reflecting on things they are faced with, in their everyday lives. I had feedback that described her presentation as “moving”, “inspirational”, “thought-provoking” and people shared that they felt her ideas were refreshing and gave them something to try immediately.

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