My name is Dina Pestonji. At 29 years of age, I had a massive stroke requiring emergency brain surgery. When I woke up, I had no voice and couldn’t move the right side of my body. I had become an infant trapped in a woman’s body…

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

In 2016, I decided to leave corporate life to pursue my passion of motivating employees to be their best. I am now an International Motivational Speaker, giving Keynote Talks that increase employee engagement, drive results in today’s uncertain economic climate and create a mindset on how to adapt to disruption in the marketplace.

I give speeches to large corporations, such as Google in Switzerland, financial institutions such as BNP Paribas in France and Belgium, and numerous educational institutions.

I have had the opportunity to speak at two different TEDx events in 2016. I write for the Huffington Post Blog and have completed my memoir (publication update coming soon)

I am proud to be on the board of Women’s Brain Health Initiative and represent Sheena’s Place as an Ambassador.

I 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. I 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, I 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. I am now based in Toronto Canada.

Dina - the day after surgery

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Dina's story - Toronto Star Video

Dina finishing the Scotiabank marathon

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