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One of New Zealand’s leading workplace wellbeing experts


Sarah McGuinness is a mental health champion and one of New Zealand’s leading workplace wellbeing experts.

Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate wellbeing and behaviour change and has supported well-known organisations to improve the wellbeing of their people, including Sealord, the NHS, nib and Weta. She draws on her honours degree in psychology and degree in communication, training in health behaviour, fitness and facilitation, plus a 15+ year career in the corporate sector specialising in leadership and organisational development in Australia and New Zealand which included an award-winning program.

Her research on midlife eating attitudes and body dissatisfaction, published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, continues to be cited in leading literature. Sarah is determined to reduce stigma and improve conversations around mental health. Her perspective is informed by her professional expertise and her lived experience of burnout, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. It is also informed by her father’s experience of chronic work stress as a Chief Financial Officer, and his reflections on what he would have done differently to improve his health and wellbeing. She has been featured in the media and regularly presents to workplaces - inspiring and motivating people to take thoughtful steps towards positive change.

Currently, Sarah is the CEO/Founder of Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW). ROW helps wellbeing leaders to be change makers and to create better workplaces, together. With a fast-growing community of wellbeing leaders from organisations around the globe, ROW is dedicated to helping leaders to develop professional expertise, access practical tools and resources, and network with peers and experts to meaningfully improve workplace wellbeing. As an entrepreneur, mum and someone has worked in large corporations, Sarah understands the challenges of balancing competing demands and can quickly develop a rapport with audiences that leaves them feeling inspired, connected, and understood.

Talking Points

Burnout - the issue we can't afford to ignore

In this talk, learn about the signs and symptoms of burnout and strategies for creating better, more supportive workplaces. Learn through Sarah's lived experience, and her professional experience working with wellbeing leads around the globe.

The Essentials of Wellbeing Leadership

Good leadership is no longer enough. To be truly successful, leaders need to integrate wellbeing leadership into day-to-day interactions. Learn about the essential components of wellbeing.

Better Business - How to Gain a Competitive Edge Through Wellbeing

This interactive talk is designed to challenge leaders to think about wellbeing from an organisational perspective, linking wellbeing to organisational strategy, and factors such as brand reputation, customer retention and employee engagement. This talk brings leaders up-to-date on how to drive a wellbeing-led organisation and provides tools for inspiring change.

Take Care With Self Care

Grounded in psychology, this talk takes a ‘life by design’ approach to promoting positive mental wellbeing. It covers the essential ingredients of a satisfying life, and how to increase motivation, and navigate barriers. It takes participants on a journey to discover the science of self care, how to take care when it feels like there isn’t the time, and how to integrate self care into daily life to boost wellbeing now and in the long term.
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