Dina Pestonji

Dina Pestonji

Toronto, Ontario
Survivor - Mental Health and Resilience Expert
Dina Pestonji is an enterprise sales executive, entrepreneur, speaker, and author who discovered the life-changing power of vulnerability. Dina Pestonji talks about the strength she found in vulnerability and connects with the audience and impacts them to find their true potential and inspire them.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Technology
  • Conference
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • TED & TEDx


At 29 years of age, Dina Pestonji, an East-Indian female, had 2 massive strokes requiring emergency brain surgery. When she woke up she had no ability to speak, was paralyzed on the right side of her entire body and it was unclear if she was in a vegetative state. She had tragically become an infant trapped in a woman’s body.

Dina Pestonji would not allow this devastating turn of events to define her. Armed with unbridled determination, Dina fought against all odds and ran her 7th half marathon a mere 10 months after being hospitalized and bedridden. Having a stroke was not her first life-altering setback. As a young girl she battled eating disorders for over 10 years and in her late 20s was the victim of a near-fatal car crash.

In 2016, Dina Pestonji decided to leave corporate life to pursue her passion of showing people to believe in themselves so that they can reach their full potential in every facet of life. Her memoir “Surviving Myself: How an Eating Disorder, a Car Crash and a Stroke Taught Me To Love My Life, and Finally Live It,” was published in 2018. Dina is a four-time TEDx speaker and has been invited to speak worldwide at places such as Google in Switzerland, BNP Paribas in France and Belgium, and numerous educational institutions. Dina writes for the Huffington Post Blog and is proud to be on the board of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative and represents Sheena’s Place as an Ambassador.

Dina Pestonji graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc Degree in Psychology and went on to pursue certificate training in business studies at the Rotman School of Management. She went on to earn my Master’s Degree in business studies abroad in London and Paris at the European School of Business. Before becoming a speaker and author, Dina worked in the financial, education, and e-commerce sectors as a consultant, manager, and sales professional in cities across the globe including New York, London UK, Paris, and San Francisco.



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Dina Pestonji Topic Presentations

tackle your challenge with gusto - lessons from a survivor

  • Keynote Presentation
  • We are all capable of much more than we can imagine. In this personal and emotional talk, Dina Pestonji shares her unbelievable story of going from a jet-setting corporate executive to a helpless infant after unexpectedly having 2 strokes requiring emergency brain surgery at 29. Dina shares relevant examples and provides a tool kit on how to survive and thrive amidst both small and large obstacles, at work or in personal life. This talk has audiences feeling resilient, engaged, and determined to fearlessly adapt to any situation they face.

no risk, no rewards

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Playing it safe and mediocrity doesn’t cut it if you want your organization to stand out. Dina has a lifetime of experiences of pushing the envelope and rebounding after failure, both personally and professionally, which she shares in this candid eye-opening talk. This talk will have your employees stepping outside of their comfort zone, thinking creatively, pushing their own boundaries that will ultimately result in a positive impact for your business.

prioritize employee mental health (or risk being left behind)

  • Keynote Presentation
  • In today’s age of being connected to phones and social media 24/7, mental health has taken a backseat while rates of anxiety and depression skyrocket. Life in the digital age is negatively impacting performance and success at work unless appropriate steps are taken to prioritize mental health. After writing her memoir, Dina Pestonji was forced to reexamine her life with a deep focus on mental health transformation. She will share effective tools that every person can do daily that will remarkably transform mental and emotional wellbeing with direct results on employee productivity, satisfaction, and engagement.


Dina is a true source of inspiration. I admire her for her resilience in the face of adversity and how she managed to motivate herself to achieve what others consider impossible.

Google Employee

Her positive message and suggestions on how to cope with difficulty is just what we need to hear!


Dina really connected with the audience. Her advice was simple, easy to understand, yet impactful.


We’ve all heard that expression – ‘when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade’ – that’s Dina’s story! It was an honor to see and hear Dina share her journey. Inspiring and a true champion of life!

Netsuite formerly Oracle

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