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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
The Power Of

The Power Of Vulnerability

It's only now that I can see the power and strength of vulnerability. It's only now, that the healing has begun.
09/26/2017 12:28 EDT
Do You Love

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
07/12/2017 12:53 EDT
5 Things I Wish People Knew About Eating

5 Things I Wish People Knew About Eating Disorders

It's Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada (Feb.1-7, 2017). It has taken me about 15 years to ADMIT that I had an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) as a child and teenager. If you know someone with an eating disorder, here are a few things to be aware of.
02/01/2017 03:15 EST
Why I Look At This Picture Of Myself Whenever I Feel

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
Sharing My Battle With Anorexia Made Me Feel

Sharing My Battle With Anorexia Made Me Feel Stronger

I have spent over 14 years hiding this "tiny" part of my life, and it is now, only after writing my memoir, that I've realized that by hiding, I've been chipping away at my heart. I decided that I didn't want to hide anymore. I realized in that moment that I should have SHARED my pain instead of hiding.
12/06/2016 11:30 EST
I'm Trying To Get Comfortable With Being

I'm Trying To Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Writing a memoir has forced me to expose all the areas of my life that are painful, humiliating, embarrassing that I had chosen to keep hidden from the world. I've had to acknowledge the areas of my life that I was ashamed of and realize the many (many!) mistakes I've made along the way.
11/22/2016 05:06 EST
I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke

I Cried The Day I Stopped Hiding That I'm A Stroke Survivor

I desperately tried to HIDE my story. After my stroke, I hated the attention I received. I was lucky to have had a successful recovery but I did not understand why it was such a big deal, why newspapers wanted to write about it and why every single person I saw would make it the focus of a conversation.
09/12/2016 11:12 EDT
When You Face A Challenge, Do You Give Up Or Tackle

When You Face A Challenge, Do You Give Up Or Tackle It?

We all have the choice to give up or tackle our challenge. There are many different challenges we will all face in our lives. I hope that my story of the biggest challenge I've faced so far, and my decision to push forward everyday will inspire you to also make the choice to tackle any challenge you face.
06/28/2016 11:38 EDT
What Sharing My Story At Google Taught Me About Public

What Sharing My Story At Google Taught Me About Public Speaking

I will admit, I was rather nervous. My speech wasn't until 3 p.m. My contact at Google came to the lobby to get me and almost immediately my nerves disappeared. We laughed, talked and it was very evident how much he appreciated me coming to share my story and inspire his team.
06/07/2016 04:29 EDT
The Power Of Knowing What Makes You

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
What It Is Like To Be A TEDx

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
The Importance Of Taking Time For

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
Nobody Knows Why I Suffered A Stroke At

Nobody Knows Why I Suffered A Stroke At 29

Waking up was the most terrifying experience. The right side of my body was paralyzed. I lost the ability to speak. I had a stroke. A STROKE... at 29! I went from being this giddy, talkative, always on-the-go woman to being an invalid.
03/14/2016 04:29 EDT