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Lucy Hone

Leading international authority on wellbeing and resilience

While we cannot control our life circumstances, we can control our responses.

Dr Lucy Hone is an Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury, a co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a published academic researcher and best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today.

Having been trained by the thought-leaders in wellbeing science, at the University of Pennsylvania, Lucy went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations - from the UN and government agencies, to Fortune 100 companies and schools - distilling the best of resilience science into actionable tools.

A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, conference convenor for Wellbeing in Education NZ, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.
Her best-selling book Resilient Grieving is published in NZ, Australia, the US and England and her latest book, The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing is published by Taylor & Francis London and is a global publication for the UK, Asia, US and Australasia.

Her TED talk, the Three Secrets of Resilient People, has had over 6 million views and has been translated into 15 different languages. After being promoted to the official TED platform, Dr Lucy’s TEDx has been recognised globally as one of the top 20 TED Talks of 2020.

Talking Points

Resilience: How can we promote it in ourselves and others? Lessons from research & life

If you’ve ever wondered what the word “resilience” really means, or how you can help yourself and your teams cope with constant challenge and change, then this session is for you. While there are many resilience researchers in the world, the death of her 12-year old daughter in a tragic road accident, makes Dr Lucy Hone's skillset quite unique.

Co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Lucy speaks at global conferences, creates online courses, writes books, academic articles and blogs to spread her insights far and wide. Her PhD was acknowledged internationally for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing science and her research is published in leading psychology journals. Her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, and her hugely popular TED talk, Three Secrets of Resilient People (over 2.6 million views) have delivered Dr Hone’s refreshing approach to global audiences. Her work has been featured in international media including the Guardian and the Washington Post, the BBC and ABC, Channel News Asia, Swedish Television, The Bolt Report Australia and TVNZ.

Lucy’s engaging style, and deep knowledge of these topics, makes her one of the world’s foremost presenters on resilience. However, it is her self-effacing humour, and the way she manages to relate academic findings to her own life (and yours!) that make her sessions so useful and enjoyable.

What is Wellbeing and Why Does it Matter?

Maintaining High Performance in the Age of Burnout

In an increasingly turbulent world, the fact that some people cope better with stress, challenge and change, has become readily apparent. Acknowledging that this year is going to continue to test us, this Keynote address shares the secrets to sustainable high performance, de-mystifying burnout, and providing practical strategies to keep it at bay.

The Secrets of High Performing Teams

The Secrets of Resilient People

Dr Lucy Hone is a globally respected resilience academic who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place. In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through unimaginable tragedy and offers profound insights on how we can help ourselves and others cope in this era of uncertainty and change.

Thriving through uncertainty: the soft skills we all need for hard times

Coping with Loss: Actionable tools for helping yourself and others navigate tough times

While adversity doesn’t discriminate and all of us, at times, are forced to endure losses of one kind of another, we often feel helpless in the face of loss. What can we do to help? What kind of help is actually helpful? What should we say, what do we avoid?

When the worst happened to Dr Lucy Hone, she turned her years of resilience research and training to discover what helps us navigate our darkest days. Known for her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, and her hugely popular TED talk, 3 Secrets of Resilient People, Lucy shares her hard-won lessons for tough times. While her presentation cuts to the heart of what it is to be human, she is masterful in keeping the messaging hopeful and sharing learnable, actionable tools.
I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to Lucy for speaking at our event last night. I have never had such great feedback from one of these events - there is still a buzz around the office today about how good it was. Nexia New Zealand

Probably the most beneficial talk I have ever listened to. Fantastic speaker. Inspirational. Excellent presentation and useful strategies. The most relevant information for me at this conference.

Fertility Association Australasia

On behalf of the Finance Commercialization Event planning team thank you very much for your engagement on our Global Finance Meeting and for contributing to the success of our meeting. Your presentation was tailored to our needs, you showed a lot of flexibility and consideration to our needs and we have received very nice feedback. Many thanks for the materials you sent us to support your presentation and workshop.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Lucy was great. Very engaging. Adapted her message to fit our group. Everyone walked away with something from her story.

Uno Loco

It was lovely to meet Lucy in person, her content was spot on and she really captured the audience.

Sport Waikato

Dr Lucy was a highlight of our Conference this year, just as she was at our Leadership Forum in 2021. Her delivery in not only professional and relevant, she provides practical advice that anyone can utilise, just sensational.


It was an absolute pleasure working with Lucy, she was engaging and relatable and the presentation was perfectly tailored for our audience.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
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