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Lucy Hone

Leading International Authority on Wellbeing & Resilience

While we cannot control our life circumstances, we can control our responses.

What does it really mean to be resilient? Are some people born with a resilience gene or can it be taught? Can resilience truly help put us back in the driver’s seat of life? If so, how? These are some of the questions that Global Authority on Resilience Dr Lucy Hone addressed last year, with 30,000 people globally, in keynotes and training sessions focused on creating Realistic Resilience Practices that work.

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A renowned global expert on resilience, the Director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, and blogger for Psychology Today, Lucy offers a one-of-kind perspective - sharpened through academia but also deeply personally applied in response to a devastating tragedy. Her focus on helping people and organisations create practical resilience strategies is a call to action in light of so many feeling resilience fatigues.

Lucy’s mission to translate the best of resilience psychology for everyday practice inspired her to create a keynote entitled, Three Secrets of Resilient People, which became one of the most-watched TED talks during the pandemic, with over 9 million views and has been translated into 15 languages.

Known as a respected change agent on this very timely topic, Lucy is also an award-winning ‘pracademic’ with a Master’s degree in resilience psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in wellbeing science/public health from AUT University in Auckland.

Her ground-breaking research is published in leading peer-reviewed international journals and frequently cited by others. She now assists a host of organizations ranging from Fortune 500s, government agencies and law firms to community groups and schools to design and implement wellbeing and resilience initiatives, re-shaping how resilience is viewed and creating sustained and meaningful change.

Describing her role as a ‘pracademic’ Lucy explains, “Too many resilience researchers don’t know how to communicate their studies, and too many presenters don’t really get the nuances and theories underpinning the science. I love being a pracademic, who truly gets the evidence, but also relishes the challenge of presenting it to people to make their everyday lives better.”

A Bestselling Author, Lucy’s books include Resilient Grieving, which details how she coped with her own unimaginable personal loss, and her latest book, The Educators’ Guide to Whole-School Wellbeing, which addresses challenges faced by schools wanting to improve wellbeing in their school communities.

She is also regularly featured in the global media including The Guardian, The Washington Post and the BBC.

Dr Lucy Hone’s goal is to help anyone struggling through change, uncertainty, or loss re-learn how to live in the world around them. In this day and age, everyone needs skills to be resilient. Lucy has helped millions of people realize that an energized, meaningful, joy-filled life is attainable no matter the challenge that lies in front of you.

Talking Points

Resilience: How can we promote it in ourselves and others? Lessons from research & life

If you’ve ever wondered what the word “resilience” really means, or how you can help yourself and your teams cope with constant challenge and change, then this session is for you. While there are many resilience researchers in the world, the death of her 12-year old daughter in a tragic road accident, makes Dr Lucy Hone's skillset quite unique.

Co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Lucy speaks at global conferences, creates online courses, writes books, academic articles and blogs to spread her insights far and wide. Her PhD was acknowledged internationally for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing science and her research is published in leading psychology journals. Her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, and her hugely popular TED talk, Three Secrets of Resilient People (over 2.6 million views) have delivered Dr Hone’s refreshing approach to global audiences. Her work has been featured in international media including the Guardian and the Washington Post, the BBC and ABC, Channel News Asia, Swedish Television, The Bolt Report Australia and TVNZ.

Lucy’s engaging style, and deep knowledge of these topics, makes her one of the world’s foremost presenters on resilience. However, it is her self-effacing humour, and the way she manages to relate academic findings to her own life (and yours!) that make her sessions so useful and enjoyable.

What is Wellbeing and Why Does it Matter?

Maintaining High Performance in the Age of Burnout

In an increasingly turbulent world, the fact that some people cope better with stress, challenge and change, has become readily apparent. Acknowledging that this year is going to continue to test us, this Keynote address shares the secrets to sustainable high performance, de-mystifying burnout, and providing practical strategies to keep it at bay.

The Secrets of High Performing Teams

The Secrets of Resilient People

Dr Lucy Hone is a globally respected resilience academic who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place. In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through unimaginable tragedy and offers profound insights on how we can help ourselves and others cope in this era of uncertainty and change.

Thriving through uncertainty: the soft skills we all need for hard times

Coping with Loss: Actionable tools for helping yourself and others navigate tough times

While adversity doesn’t discriminate and all of us, at times, are forced to endure losses of one kind of another, we often feel helpless in the face of loss. What can we do to help? What kind of help is actually helpful? What should we say, what do we avoid?

When the worst happened to Dr Lucy Hone, she turned her years of resilience research and training to discover what helps us navigate our darkest days. Known for her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, and her hugely popular TED talk, 3 Secrets of Resilient People, Lucy shares her hard-won lessons for tough times. While her presentation cuts to the heart of what it is to be human, she is masterful in keeping the messaging hopeful and sharing learnable, actionable tools.
I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to Lucy for speaking at our event last night. I have never had such great feedback from one of these events - there is still a buzz around the office today about how good it was. Nexia New Zealand

Probably the most beneficial talk I have ever listened to. Fantastic speaker. Inspirational. Excellent presentation and useful strategies. The most relevant information for me at this conference.

Fertility Association Australasia

On behalf of the Finance Commercialization Event planning team thank you very much for your engagement on our Global Finance Meeting and for contributing to the success of our meeting. Your presentation was tailored to our needs, you showed a lot of flexibility and consideration to our needs and we have received very nice feedback. Many thanks for the materials you sent us to support your presentation and workshop.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Lucy was great. Very engaging. Adapted her message to fit our group. Everyone walked away with something from her story.

Uno Loco

It was lovely to meet Lucy in person, her content was spot on and she really captured the audience.

Sport Waikato

Dr Lucy was a highlight of our Conference this year, just as she was at our Leadership Forum in 2021. Her delivery in not only professional and relevant, she provides practical advice that anyone can utilise, just sensational.


It was an absolute pleasure working with Lucy, she was engaging and relatable and the presentation was perfectly tailored for our audience.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

We were incredibly excited to have Dr. Lucy Hone zoom in to chat with us as part of our Mental Wellbeing Month activations this October. and wow - she didn't disappoint! It was one of the most impactful firesides/chats we have ever put on (and we do quite a lot here at Canva!). Dr. Hone's research around resilience absolutely resonated with our team and her actionable steps were bang on. Would definitely recommend !


We were incredibly excited to have Dr. Lucy Hone zoom in to chat with us as part of our Mental Wellbeing Month activations this October. and wow - she didn't disappoint! It was one of the most impactful firesides/chats we have ever put on (and we do quite a lot here at Canva!). Dr. Hone's research around resilience absolutely resonated with our team and her actionable steps were bang on. Would definitely recommend!


Thank you for sharing this conversation with me today. I feel as though I benefited greatly from having had the opportunity to speak with you firsthand, and suspect that many of those in the room felt the same proximity to you. Your scholarship and practice brought great comfort to us through your TED Talk, and I believe the EDUCAUSE community received a gift through your candor and wisdom today. Looking forward to what comes next.

San Diego State University

Dr Lucy Hone is both an engaging and insightful speaker. Not only did our conference delegates really enjoy her presentation, Q&A session and subsequent panel, she was great for us to work with as organisers.

Insurance Council of New Zealand

Lucy’s session was incredibly insightful and helpful to our directors when navigating the new flexible work norms of the industry.

Baker Tilly Rodway Staples
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