Dr. Robyne Hanely- Dafoe

TOPICS: Resiliency / Self-Esteem / Body image / Leadership / Healthy Mindset / Healthy Relationships / Mental Health / Addiction / Self-Help: Anxiety & Depression

AUDIENCES: College Educators/Administrators / Parents / Corporate / Prevention Stakeholders

Resiliency expert: Navigating Stress, Cultivating Change, and Promoting Personal Wellness Within Ourselves and Others

My professional journey is deeply rooted in personal experiences, and my commitment to resilience is from overcoming significant obstacles in my own life.

With over 18 years of dedicated experience in university teaching and research, I strive to create work that is not only grounded in academic expertise but is also accessible and relatable. My goal is to offer realistic and sustainable strategies, fostering a deeper understanding and practical practices of resilience and wellness.

Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning education and psychology instructor, author, and resiliency expert. She specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, personal wellness in the workplace, and optimal performance – both personal and organizational. With over 18 years of university teaching and research experience, and as a two-time TEDx Talk speaker, Dr. Robyne continues to create accessible and relatable materials while offering practical strategies that are realistic and sustainable.

Dr. Robyne recently joined a group of highly esteemed authors from around the globe as a 2022 Nautilus Award recipient with her debut book ‘Calm Within The Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency.’ Dr. Robyne has recently released her second book, Stress Wisely: How To Be Well In An Unwell World in June 2023.

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With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s message is both inspirational and practical. She introduces her theory “Everyday Resiliency: The 5 Pillars” and shares strategies to help foster each pillar within ourselves and others through research-informed, accessible storytelling and real-world applications.

This interactive and engaging presentation helps participants regain a sense of calm and order in ever-changing times. Participants will be inspired and equipped to establish new daily systems to increase productivity and decrease overwhelm.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to identity and recognize practices that foster everyday resiliency.
  • How to work with the barriers and facilitators of resiliency.
  • How to decrease stress during uncertainty.
  • How to revisit and reaffirm values and priorities for life with work integration.

How to Unlock Being Well in Challenging Times

Unparalleled stress, unrest, and uncertainty are becoming common and readily accepted. As a result, the blast radius is wide, and the collateral damage is people not living a well-life despite their best efforts. Achieving and maintaining personal and professional excellence in challenging times requires the skills and insights of knowing how to “stress wisely”.

In seasons of rising after challenging times, we are in a precious place of opportunity to co-create our future. As we plan our next moves, it’s imperative that we acknowledge the past while also setting a steady course for re-entry that is research-informed and practical.

In this keynote, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe explores her eight-dimensional framework for cultivating authentic wellness that is sustainable, practical, time-efficient, and realistic. She shares research-informed tactical strategies for moving theory into committed action, and big ideas that radically shift how people feel in real-world settings.

By learning how to apply key insights for building awareness, personal and team accountability, and habit formation, people can implement stress and recovery systems that are built on the foundation of evidence-based science. By doing so, people enhance their personal and professional effectiveness and capacity for navigating whatever comes their way. It is time to make stress your ally, not your enemy.

Emotions impact every area of our lives, yet emotions are often viewed as secondary to logic and reason. Emotional mastery is the next frontier of professional and personal excellence.

In this interactive event, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe discusses the origins of emotions and feelings, and explores how to recognize and manage emotions in yourself, others, and among groups. Hanley-Dafoe takes a deep dive into research informed practices of cultivating emotional awareness, responsiveness, and expression to enhance performance and productivity. By understanding heavy emotions like burnout, compassion fatigue, and grief we can begin to foster allyship with our emotions.

Participants will be well positioned to manage stress, uncertainty, change, and conflict. And, in doing so, enact the everyday resiliency and wellness practices needed to navigate the ever-changing landscape of our lives.

All presentations listed above include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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.
- Greater Toronto Area Contact Centre Association
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I needed to hear that I am doing my best, and there are others at the same spot, dealing with piles of stress, doing their best.
Edmonton Learning Consortium
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Dr. Hanley-Dafoe has an incredible way of connecting to her audience.
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It was by far the best session I have attended in recent years!
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Very impressed.
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Robyne’s presentation went extremely well. She was fantastic.
Blue Water District School Board
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Surpassed my expectations! She was absolutely the best speaker I have ever heard.
Colonial Life
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This was one of the best keynote speakers! I left feeling positive and inspired.


Stress Wisely

It’s time to make stress your ally, not your enemy.

Stress is inherent to the human condition. When not properly understood, stress can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health, our relationships, and our lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In Stress Wisely, award-winning psychology scholar and resiliency expert Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe explains how we can be strategic in stressful times by challenging everything we’ve been told about stress – and wielding its power in our favour.

With her signature honesty, humor, relatability, and intimacy, Dr. Robyne draws on her vast research and real-world experiences in wellness, stress, and resiliency to help you navigate the chaos in the wisest way possible.

Through smart strategies and awareness-raising exercises grounded in science and the eight touchstones of wellness – physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, occupational, financial, and spiritual – Dr. Robyne teaches you how to make your nervous system your ally in every stage of your life (yes, even in the most challenging circumstances).

Life is joyful, complicated, messy, and downright hard at times, AND you are capable to navigate it all. In Stress Wisely, get ready to learn, unlearn, and integrate smart stressing principles for a healthier, more meaningful, and purpose-filled life that is waiting for you. Better days are ahead.



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