Marie-Helene Pelletier – Keynote Speaker

MBA, PHD, Leadership Resilience & Burnout Expert

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Specialist Subjects

  • Resilience and change: Harnessing the opportunity of the moment
  • Beyond positive thinking: Creating your growth mindset
  • Mental agility: Preventing and managing compassion fatigue and burnout
  • The creative power of resilience for leaders and managers
  • Mental health through dynamic events: Best practices for your own, your team’s and your organization’s mental health
  • Workshop: Your Strategic Resilience Plan

Languages

  • English
  • French

Biography

Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier is an award-winning workplace mental health expert, psychologist, advisor and speaker. Fluently bilingual in English and French, she’s one of only a handful of work psychologists holding both a PHD and MBA.

Marie-Helene brings a signature mix of business and clinical expertise to the groups she works with. She translates psychology research (about health, resiliency, and overcoming challenges) into strategies professionals, business leaders and their teams need to thrive.

1. Provides expertise for boosting performance. Marie-Helene shares what psychologists know but other professionals and business people may not. She has a robust understanding of the intersection between business success and strong workplace mental health. She led workplace mental health strategy in senior leadership roles at several companies, including Sun Life, one of the world’s leading financial institutions.

2. Builds leadership and organizational resilience. Through her speaking engagements and workshops, Marie-Helene provides business leaders with concrete steps to prevent fatigue and burnout – and gain energy, even in tough times. She can help your leaders and their team members shift perspectives and regain and retain their passion.

3. Helps your organization manage change. Marie-Helene provides business leaders and their team members with the psychological tools needed to adapt to, and embrace, transformational change. She equips them to respond quickly, make good decisions, and maintain stamina for ongoing productivity.

4. Combines style with substance. Marie-Helene is a dynamic speaker and workshop facilitator. She has an engaging style, exhilarating energy, and a warm sense of humour. With this relatable approach, she brings the latest research and proven best practices to her talks, inspiring participants to take action and get results.

In her presentations and workshops, Dr. Pelletier draws from what clients call a “clear mastery of the subject matter.” She speaks with authority to engage and inspire participants with passion, knowledge, expertise, and joy. And she shares this expertise in many ways, from keynote speeches, to panel moderator roles, to more informal fireside chats.

Thought leadership and industry awards

Over the course of her career, Marie-Helene Pelletier has participated on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has also been an active member of the Global Clinical Practice Network of the World Health Organization, a role that she continues to this day.

She’s been featured in publications like Forbes and Thrive Global and her work has been published in academic journals such as Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and Organizational Dynamics. Marie-Helene is currently working on a new book to redefine and guide new strategies for resilience and mental health in workplaces.

She has won numerous academic and industry awards, being described as a top industry leader with “credentials that make her uniquely suited to help guide the continued evolution of psychological health in the workplace”.

Popular Talks by Marie-Helene Pelletier

Resilience and change: Harnessing the opportunity of the moment

In an era of transformational change, teams and team members are experiencing the impacts in multiple ways. Some impacts are an acceleration of pre-existing trends. And some are new. But one thing is clear – many of these changes are far-reaching.

In this presentation, workplace mental health expert Dr. Pelletier brings together her weekly work as a practicing work psychologist with current research in workplace psychology to challenge your assumptions and help your organization understand these changes at individual, team and organizational levels.

More importantly, she highlights the ways that organizations and individuals can both manage these changes and turn them to an advantage. By approaching this moment in time with curiosity, agility and renewed energy and purpose, we can not only adapt to change, we can thrive.

  • Identify key forces impacting the mental agility of individuals, teams and organizations and warning signs
  • Understand psychological implications and opportunities
  • Learn practical, research-based ways to improve how individuals, teams and organizations can nourish renewed energy and purpose

Beyond positive thinking: Creating your growth mindset

Are your thoughts helping you or making things worse? For many of us, challenging times can bring thoughts that become our own worst enemy.

In this keynote Dr. Marie-Helene challenges assumptions about how much you can influence your thoughts (and support those around you). The mental short-cuts, cognitive distortions and biases that can often derail our plans and intentions can be influenced. If not, these can lead to bad feelings (for you and others), sub-optimal performance, costly mistakes and missed opportunities.

Being able to pick-up cognitive biases and untangling unhelpful thoughts result in having more clarity, more creativity, more mental agility.

  • Understand what cognitive biases are and how they operate in your brain
  • Identify the types of cognitive biases that you may experience most often
  • Learn how to increase awareness of how cognitive biases influence behaviours and what you can do to change their impact towards mental agility.

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