Denise Wozniak


Resilience, Overcoming Adversity and Trauma Expert
Travels From:
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Denise Wozniak is an inspirational speaker, magazine writer & certified speaking coach who has won the Queen Elizabeth II Gold & Diamond Jubilee Medals. Denise Wozniak discovered how to change her perspective and appreciate life in the midst of stigma, trauma and depression and has fun, positive, honest and caring personality.

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Conference
  • Education & Teachers
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Women of Influence


Denise Wozniak is a motivational and inspirational speaker who has been through incredibly tough times. Within a month, she was laid off her job with 30 other employees, found out that her six month old daughter had AIDS and that she, herself had also been infected with HIV. She became her daughter’s caregiver and her daughter died at home when she was just 9 months old in a time of immense stigma.

Denise Wozniak is passionate about inspiring and motivating others to be proactive and grow from trauma and stress. She will tell you the story of an incredibly difficult period in her life when she was told that her daughter and her were going to die, when everything seemed hopeless. She will tell you how she got through it and became better from it. Denise will teach you methods she used to break free from negative thinking and show you how to regain the vitality you used to have to move forward.

Denise Wozniak understands that people need to laugh and feel good when they work with challenges. She uses plenty of humour throughout her presentations. Humans are capable of considerable “resilience”.  You are stronger than you think and you have the capability to build” a new wat of thinking”. Despite all of this, Denise Wozniak feels she has become more resilient and has even experienced growth which she now inspires others with through stories and laughter. Denise went on to speak at many venues in an effort to raise awareness of children with AIDS and was given the Queen’s Jubilee Gold and Diamond medals for her work.

Denise looks at issues such as burn out, stress and worry and gives practical solutions for her audience to use in their every day lives. Denise interacts with audiences to demonstrate life can be fun, full of laughter and they too can look at the world with a new attitude. Popular with media and has appeared on CBC, CTV and in Canada’s national paper, the Globe and Mail, as well as the Vancouver Sun. Denise Wozniak is also a Certified World Class Speaking Coach.


  • Stress and trauma have been shown to decrease productivity, negatively affect careers, sidetrack leadership and challenge teamwork.

    Denise Wozniak and her 6-month-old daughter, Katie were diagnosed with HIV in 1994. Denise Wozniak discovered she had been infected in 1989. Katie died at 9 months, leaving Denise feeling shocked, isolated and depressed. She knew she had to let families know that this could happen to them too. After starting a Society for children with HIV/AIDS, Denise Wozniak made a comeback which was nothing short of extraordinary and through stories and personal anecdotes, she imparts a clear and hopeful message that we can grow from our greatest adversities.

    Denise’s photography, humour and audience interaction inspire people to have determination, resilience and grit in times of trauma and uncertainty. She talks about thankfulness, accountability, the futility and hollowness of carrying blame of others and the liberation that results from letting go.

    At the end of this presentation, audience members will leave with happiness in the knowledge they have learned practical solutions and proactive steps, as well as memorable methods to promote resilience, conquer negativity and progress to powerful thinking. Certified World Class Speaking Coach.

    Denise Wozniak is a motivational and inspirational expert who has given speeches to international audiences ranging from 50 to 9,000 people.

    Denise believes the best catalysts and opportunities for positive change are brought about when we learn from lived experiences and are trained in behaviour modification.


    Certificates Positive Psychology and Resilience: University of Pennsylvania.

    Certified World Class Speaking Coach.

    Positive Living Development Institute: Certificate in Board Development.

    The Queen Elizabeth II Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

    L’Oreal Women of Worth Finalist.

    Royal Photographic Society 100 Heroines Nominee.

    Other important activities:

    Co-authored UN paper: The Ethical Inclusion of Children in your NGO Network.
    Served on numerous international women’s, national and local boards.
    Featured guest on TV, radio and podcasts.

  • Keynote PresentationWorkshop SessionFull Day Training

SPEAKING UP AND SPEAKING OUT - Learn methods to speak in public and to the media

  • Denise’s greatest fear was speaking in public.  She worked in Human Resources and her work called for her to speak to employees, managers and partners.  In addition, she was an event organizer and being able to speak clearly and confidently was imperative.

    Denise Wozniak faced chronic trauma in her life when she found that she and her daughter had been infected with HIV. She had to decide whether to conquer her terror of public speaking by speaking out in an effort to speak up about stigma and HIV.

    After ten years of facing her greatest fear, Denise realized that speaking had become a passion and trained formally to become a master of public speaking.  Denise earned the accreditation of Certified World Class Speaking Coach.

    Denise Wozniak will work with you to improve your speaking and presenting as well as give you tips on how to handle media interviews. She will show you how important it is to use your vocal and listening skills.

  • Keynote PresentationWorkshop SessionFull Day Training

HIV/AIDS 101 - What every HR department needs to know

  • Denise Wozniak tells fascinating stories about finding out her diagnosis, being a woman living with a terminal illness and with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    She explains the side effects of medication, the combination of a mountain of meds and their interactions with one another, and how she dealt with depression and solitude from living with a stigmatized illness.

    Denise Wozniak was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Gold and Diamond medals for her work with children and HIV and her openness about the disease in an effort to educate others.

    Denise Wozniak will show you how her photography refocused her mind onto the beauty of life and how it gave her freedom from her past.

    Leave Stress Behind, Have a backbone not a wishbone.

  • Keynote PresentationWorkshop SessionFull Day Training

I had the privilege of being an audience member at an SFU Health Sciences lecture where Denise Wozniak was present as a guest speaker. Denise not only has the abilities of a world-class inspirational speaker but the ability to convey educational information better than world class professors. The lecture hall was filled with emotion as Denise inspired a group of 250 young health sciences students, and provided them with a new outlook on people living with HIV.




Denise Wozniak is extremely thoughtful, and spreads an amazing amount of hope. It was a absolute blessing for me to hear her story.




Denise Wozniak has very kindly agreed on several occasions to speak to various assemblies of both Positive Living BC members and larger gatherings of people living with HIV in BC over the course of more than two decades. On subjects ranging from her own personal experiences to how to deal with seemingly insurmountable health care challenges in a family setting to how to affect government policy, and many others, her messages have always been delivered with conviction, knowledge, humour and an unerring eye for the “telling detail”. Not surprisingly, then, they have always been received by our audiences with “you-could-hear-a-pin-drop” attention and, at their conclusion, with enthusiastic applause and deep appreciation.




Denise Wozniak was extremely professional with this most sensitive moderation session she was gracious and clear and controlled the Panel LS5 Session
As a participant, she was extremely eloquent in how she conducted herself to me and the other participants on this highly sensitive topic. I would highly recommend Denise for any kind of public forum Speaker in any situation.




Denise Wozniak

We were pleased to have Denise speak to our group of 30 analysts at the end of a two-day work session.  Denise spoke about strategies for building personal resilience framed within the context of her personal story.  The topic of building resilience was timely as this session was held at a time when our work unit was in the midst of resolving significant challenges. Denise is an engaging speaker able to relate the wisdom from her own personal experiences and learnings with humour, cheerfulness and a unique approach to interacting with an audience. 


Jim Brown

Manager Forestry, Lands, Natural Resources

British Columbia Provincial Government








Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Conference
  • Education & Teachers
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Women of Influence
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