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Dina Pestonji

International Keynote Speaker & Coach (dinapestonji.com), 2x TEDx Speaker, Stroke Survivor & Awareness Advocate, Runner & Fitness Enthusiast

At 29 years of age, Dina had a massive stroke requiring emergency brain surgery. When she woke up, she had no voice and couldn’t move the right side of her body. She had become an infant trapped in a woman’s body.

Having a stroke was not Dina's first life-altering set-back. As a young girl, she battled eating disorders for over 10 years and in her late 20’s, was the victim of a near-fatal car crash.

In 2016, Dina left corporate life. She is now an International Motivational Speaker, giving Keynote Talks that provide audiences with Life Lessons so they can succeed and thrive in any situation.

She speaks to large corporations, such as Google in Switzerland, financial institutions such as BNP Paribas in France and Belgium, and numerous educational institutions.

Dina felt fortunate to have been invited to speak at two different TEDx events in 2016:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4qzMFiFxe8
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY-Wir-_F1I

She is proud to sit on the Young Person's Cabinet of Women's Brain Health Institute (http://womensbrainhealth.org/board-of-directors) and is an Ambassador for Sheena's Place (https://sheenasplace.org/) and has recently completed her Memoir. (publication update coming soon)

Dina 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 Masters Degree in business studies abroad in London and Paris at the European School of Business.

Before becoming a Speaker, she worked in the financial and education sectors as a consultant, manager and sales professional in cities across the globe including New York, London UK, Paris and San Francisco.

If you would like Dina to speak at your next event, contact her at dina@dinapestonji.com
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Do You Love Yourself?

Let's go back - August 2016. I've decided to take the evening to myself and de-stress. After leaving my corporate job to build my own company six months earlier, anxiety and stress levels are quite hi...
07/12/2017 12:53 EDT
Dina Pestonji

Why I Look At This Picture Of Myself Whenever I Feel Down

My sister Yasmin took this picture on Jan 7, 2013. It was after my six-hour long emergency brain surgery. No one knew if I would wake up, but she took this picture. After months of living in the hospital and doing more weeks of therapy that I can count, I did recover from having a stroke and brain surgery.
01/17/2017 11:42 EST
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The Power Of Knowing What Makes You Smile

Next time that you feel your mind is going towards a negative path -- think about what makes you smile which will help put the negative thoughts in perspective. Take a walk, go to your favorite coffee shop around the corner, call your best friend or look at pictures of your dog on your phone.
05/24/2016 05:05 EDT
Dina Pestonji

What It Is Like To Be A TEDx Speaker

I had to be in the moment because my brain would not allow me to think ahead. As I was speaking, it terrified me. What if I would forget my next line? But it was a blessing. I was forced to be present, in that moment and think about the emotions in my story.
05/18/2016 11:34 EDT
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The Importance Of Taking Time For You

A few months ago, a lovely little birdie (aka my smart, insightful sister) told me something that I took to heart. She said "You don't want to be the reason you fail." If I work so hard and burnout, I will not be able to build a successful company.
04/25/2016 09:18 EDT