“You don’t have to get caught up in a busy and distracted life – a little everyday mindfulness can make all the difference.” - Laurel Vespi

Laurel Vespi

Productivity, Stress Management, Multitasking. Mindfulness and Wellness Expert

Laurel Vespi is a mindfulness and life engagement expert. Warm, genuine and uplifting, Laurel Vespi offers you thought-provoking, yet practical ideas and a fresh perspective. Laurel is a professional speaker and award-winning author. Vespi shares her expertise in mindfulness and life enhancement strategies with individuals, businesses and organizations all over Canada. As a result of her ongoing consultant and coaching practice, she brings to her clients more than thirty years of experience as an educator, consultant and group facilitator. She is passionate in helping people living crazy busy lives make their days more manageable and meaningful. Laurel Vespi’s 3P approach is a simple and practical way to embrace a mindful way of living and working.

With humour, personal insight and storytelling, Laurel guides her audience to fresh perspectives to awaken their hearts and minds. Her presentations combine expert content with plenty of humour. She teaches practical and relevant strategies to leave participants feeling inspired to take action. Laurel Vespi is the author of two award-winning books. Her latest book, To Be Awake, provides practical ideas to help people live more mindful and intentional lives. As a result of her upbeat presentations, audiences walk away with solutions for resilience, stress management, mindfulness and work life balance to increase overall health, performance and productivity.

Several television and radio programs including Global, City TV, CTV, and CBC Radio have consulted Laurel due to her expert knowledge and speaking ability.  She has also been featured in a variety of print media including the Readers Digest and Homemakers Magazine. She is a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation and is a Certified Lifestyle Meditation teacher. Laurel has a Masters Degree in Education.

Laurel passion is to awaken people to find more calm, focus and satisfaction in the midst of a crazy busy world. Above all Laurel Vespi offers powerful and practical principles in a way that provides audiences with a memorable and feel-good experience.

Topic Presentations

Everyone wants to feel that they are making a difference; but sometimes we question the impact that one person can have.

In her empowering and inspirational keynote address, The Power of One, Laurel will share a simple formula for creating the kind of positive impact YOU can and want to have in your family, your workplace, your community and the world. You Can make a difference in your life and in the world. How? It’s done through one thought, one gesture, one action at a time. Whether your dream is for a more meaningful personal existence, changing your workplace, supporting a charity or for global change, this session will provide you with insights and strategies to begin to create a new world for yourself, your family, your workplace and your community. The Power of One is particularly popular with charities, the caring professions, teachers and workplaces where staff members are asked to do a lot more with a lot less resources.

At the end of this presentation you'll know:


  • How your thoughts create your reality

  • How simple actions are underestimated

  • How change really occurs.


Individuals will leave Laurel’s dynamic keynote, The Power of One, inspired to make a difference and confident in the impact they are already having. What’s more, they will be motivated to make an even bigger difference through their actions and accomplishments.

The workplace can be a high stress environment with multiple priorities and distractions vying for your attention. For some, there are too many tasks to juggle, and they all seem urgent.  You might feel like you don’t have a moment to breathe with an endless to-do list and demands on your time. In this presentation you will learn some simple ways to be cultivate mindful productivity in order to be more focused and less stressed.

Ever feel like wellness is just another thing on your already too long to-do list? We all know what we are supposed to do to promote our personal well-being, but how do we fit that into our busy lives? Shift your perspective in this thought-provoking presentation and learn a fresh way of thinking about well-being in the 21st century. You’ll learn 4 simple, practical and powerful cornerstones to help you engage with life in a happier and healthier way.

Busy busy busy is the 21st century mantra. We wear it like a badge of accomplishment. But not having a moment to breathe, or feeling guilty if you take a break, can leave you tired, stressed and unhappy. The truth is that learning how to slow down for a few moments and take a productive pause can actually be a game-changer in your life. Learn some simple, ready-to-use strategies to help you pause and reset your mind and body leaving you feeling more engaged and less stressed. These techniques can be easily incorporated into your existing schedule without the pressure of one more thing to do in your already jam packed day.

Wellness sometimes can feel like another long list of things we have to add to our already busy days. Maybe we have been approaching it all wrong. Well-being is not another thing to do but is a set of skills that can be learned and practiced.


Utilizing a fresh and dynamic model of wellness, participants will explore a whole new way of thinking about managing life and increasing their sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Through discussion and activities, they will discover how to be calm, focused, purposeful and present as they go about their day. Participants will leave with a renewed commitment to well-being and a practical approach to cultivating the ongoing best version of their selves


Participants will learn:




  • what is and isn’t working in their current approach to wellness

  • how to take advantage of the power of pause

  • practical strategies to build well-being skillsets

  • how to create a simple plan to enhance their personal well-being


Ever feel like things are going along smoothly and then a giant wave comes and knocks you off your feet? Or maybe it’s the endless tides of expectations and commitments that are wearing and tearing at your positive attitude ... making you feel worn-out, stressed out and missing out on so much joy in your life. You aren't alone! Uncertain and stressful times often leave us distracted, irritable or anxious. In this fun, thought-provoking session, we'll dive in and explore why we respond the way we do to stressful, challenging times and how we can better navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life.

Self-care is an essential life skill for our well-being yet during challenging times it often is the first thing we let go. In this upbeat session, you will discover a fresh perspective on what it means to practice selfcare during situations that test our capacity and cause us stress. You will come away with some practical tips that help you feel calmer and in greater control even in the midst of chaos.

Some people thrive while working from home and others find the blurred lines between work and personal life stressful. While the degree of satisfaction you experience varies depending on individual circumstances, preferences and skills, there are some simple adjustments you can make to be more productive and focused while WFH. Mindful productivity combines the use of mindset and routines to create an environment that allows you to feel calm and focused while successfully tackling your to-do list. In this session you will explore ways to navigate the challenges of working from home and have a happier and more productive workday.

It’s not only you. Ten minutes into a virtual meeting, people’s attention starts to wander. You find yourself multi-tasking, checking your email or scrolling through your phone. Before you know it, you’ve disengaged from the conversation. Even though meetings often consume as much as half of the workday, many people feel that they are not the best use of one’s time and energy. Couple that with the shift to virtual meetings as people work from home and productivity and efficiency can take a nosedive. In this session you will explore how to boost your focus and engagement so that virtual meetings are a greater success.

When it comes to stress, we are all in it together. High stress environments breed more stress. Studies show that emotional intelligence can increase resilience and decrease burn out on the job. In this refreshing and practical session, you will learn some simple and ready-to-use strategies that can help build EI skills, manage stress, and regain a sense of calm and purpose so that you are better able to cope with what is happening in the moment.

In life it is normal to experience challenges or setbacks. But resilience is not something that we only rely on when times are tough. Cultivating personal resilience also helps us cope with the ups and downs of daily life. In this session you will discover the keys to building a resilient mindset and how to stay calm, focused and productive every day, so you are better prepared to manage the demands and difficulties of stressful times when they arrive.

With life being so hectic we all need a calm and inspiring place to go to be able to recharge. Does your home do that for you? Is it a place that lets you reset from the busyness of the world or is it just another source of stress? In this session you will learn some simple ways to turn your home into a sanctuary that offers refuge at the end of a long day.

Busy busy busy is the 21st century mantra. We wear it like a badge of accomplishment. But not having a moment to breathe or feeling guilty if you take a break can leave you feeling tired, stressed and unhappy. The truth is that learning how to slow down for a few moments and take a productive pause can actually be a game-changer in your life. In this session you will learn some simple, ready-to-use strategies to help you pause and reset your mind and body leaving you feeling more engaged and less stressed.

In interactions with others, presence is the go/no go factor that determines whether people say “Yes!” or “No way”. Presence is the ability to be fully conscious and aware in the moment, creating a flexible, spontaneous and trusting relationship with co-workers resulting in greater productivity and team engagement. By cultivating mindful presence, we can heighten our awareness of our impact on others, enhance our listening skills, more effectively manage our emotions and boost our emotional intelligence. In this eye-opening session, you will explore the impact of how you show up on daily basis and why authentic presence is an optimal strategy for engaging people, creating better connections and improving performance.

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To Be Awake

Take a look around. What do you see? People are rushing from one place to the next. Ask someone, “How are you?” and the response is, “Busy.” Too few of us seem truly satisfied with our lives. That's because we are sleepwalking - not fully awake and engaged in our lives. To be awake explores the ways we snooze through life and offers 7 simple principles to help you wake up to a more mindful and intentional life.

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