Author, Speaker & Female Empowerment Expert

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 girls and women to believe in themselves so that they can reach their full potential in every facet of life.  I am now an Author and International Motivational Speaker.

I am a two time TEDx speaker and have been invited to speak worldwide at places such as Google in Switzerland, BNP Paribas in France and Belgium, and numerous educational institutions.

I write for the Huffington Post Blog and 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


Dina's story - Sheena's Place Gala

Dina finishing the Scotiabank marathon