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Wellbeing: Now and in the future


jack naglieri

Jack  A. Naglieri, PhD. is a Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He is well known for his strength-based approach to resilience and learning and his PASS theory of intelligence and its application using the Cognitive Assessment System and Cognitive Assessment System-Second Edition


Think Positive Act Smart: The Role of Executive Function in Emotional Strength and Resilience


Think Positive Act Smart: A Strength-Based Approach To Understanding How Students Learn

paula barrett

Dr Paula Barrett has been published widely in the area of prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression and the promotion of resilience through the evidence-based Friends Resilience Programs.

She received the Highly Commended Certificate in the Human Rights Medal of the Australian Human Rights Commission for her contribution to the well being of children, youth and the wider community and is recognised as being amongst the top 1 percent of publishers within the field of Psychology and Psychiatry at an international level.


For over two decades Paula has authored and evaluated the well-known evidence-informed FRIENDS for Life programme that has achieved worldwide success within Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.  


Rising and Thriving Through Resilience


Empowering Developmental Resilience: From Early Childhood to Young Adulthood

kathleen kryza

International Educational Consultant/Coach.

She is known for her ‘live it to learn it’ workshop model:  interactive and group-oriented participation; doable, practice strategies; experiencing what it feels like to learn in an inspiring classroom.

  •   engaging and interactive participation

  •   individual time for self-reflection

  •   pedagogy supported with current brain-targeted and instructional research   

  •  inspiration to transform classroom and school into a vibrant community of students who love learning

  •  the research behind self-healing and  healing tools you can build into to your daily life

  • mindfulness practices, relaxation techniques and ways to be more self-compassionate

  • strategies for bringing these practices into classrooms or organisations

Recent book: Transformative Teaching: Changing Classrooms Culturally, Academically and Emotionally.


Heal Yourself, Heal Your Classroom. Live It To Learn

Think Positive Act Smart: A Strength-Based Approach To Understanding How Students Learn

Kathleen krYZA

penny locaso

Voted one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia, Penny Locaso is the world’s first Happiness Hacker, who on a mission to teach 10 million humans, by 2025, how to intentionally adapt in order to future-proof happiness.

She created a world’s first pedagogy and measurement tool designed to humanise the future through the amplification of the Intentional Adaptability Quotient™ of individuals and organisations.


Penny is a guest lecturer at the esteemed Singularity University at the NASA Research Centre in Silicon Valley,  working alongside some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world, with corporations like Google, Singularity University, Microsoft,, SalesForce, Deloitte, KPMG, LuluLemon Athletica and CocaCola.


The Busy Shall Inherit the Future, The Intentionally Adaptable Will Shape It: Amplify the Intentional Adaptability Quotient Of Your People

DAWn huebner

Dr. Dawn Huebner is a Clinical Psychologist and Parent Coach specializing in the treatment of anxiety. She is the author of 9 books for children including the perennial bestseller, What to Do When You Worry Too Much, and more recent, Outsmarting Worry. Dr. Huebner’s newest book, Something Bad Happened, provides support for children learning about frightening things happening in the world.

Dr. Huebner’s books have sold well over a million copies in 23 languages. She has been featured on television, radio, and web-based news and information sites, and is frequently interviewed by popular parenting magazines. Dr. Huebner’s TEDx talk on Rethinking Anxiety has been viewed over half a million times.

In all facets of her work, Dr. Huebner's mission is to empower young worriers and their parents, helping them live happier lives.


The Worry Paradox: The Only Way Past Worry is Through It

Parenting Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Outsmarting Worry

Le Va: Leilani Clarke

Leilani Clarke (Letogo, Mulifanua, Lauli’i, Samoa) is the Senior Manager Suicide Prevention- Pacific at Le Va and currently leads the FLO: Pasifika for Life suicide prevention programme, New Zealand’s first Pasifika national suicide prevention programme. Leilani has worked within the New Zealand public sector for over 13 years for both the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Corrections.


Her experience includes training strategy, planning, facilitative training for adult learners, as well as founding the family-based theatre company Kinetic Wayfinding, that focuses on the concepts of wellbeing through a holistic theatre approach working with youth.


Your wellbeing toolbox for Engaging Pasifika young people and their families.

melinda webber

Associate Professor Melinda Webber is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar who has published widely on the nature of Māori identity. Melinda's research examines the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students.


In 2017 Melinda was awarded an esteemed Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to tackle an important question facing educators – ‘How can we foster cultural pride and academic aspiration among Māori students?’

She was the 2017 Director for Phase Three of The Starpath Project and is currently the University of Auckland Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity programme. She also spent six years as a co-principal Investigator on the Nga Pae o te Maramatanga funded project 'Ka Awatea' which examined the nature of teaching, learning and home socialisation patterns that support high-achieving Māori students in New Zealand.


Māori Identity and Success

Le VA: monique faleafa

Le Va’s purpose is to support Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential.

Le Va supports and encourages this by carefully designing and developing evidence-based resources, tools, information, knowledge and support services for the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes.

And, Le Va does this all while recalling traditional values, and applying them safely, in a contemporary way.

Dr Monique Falefa's presentation: Your wellbeing toolbox for Engaging Pasifika young people and their families

will be delivered by Leilani Clarke (see bio above)

brad hook

Brad is CEO of the Resilience Institute.

He has worked internationally in technology, growth and innovation, with a focus on human development.

At the Resilience Institute, Brad is dedicated to reducing suffering and liberating potential through the development of practical, evidence-based resilience skills.

Brad’s writing has been featured in international business and travel magazines, including several cover stories. He has authored multiple books and presents keynotes, seminars and workshops.

Brad is a dedicated resilience practitioner who enjoys surfing, trail running and videography.


Schools in Action: The Resilience Institute

tania cargo

Tania Cargo (Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi) is a Clinical Psychologist. She has a strong kaupapa Māori stance, developed under the korowai of the International Research Institute for Māori and Indigenous Education (IRI).  In 2000 she became a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine, specialising in Māori child and adolescent mental health and CBT. Tania was the CBT advisor on the SPARX and MATCH studies and continues to deliver Skate Into Skills CBT workshops to mental health clinicians throughout Aotearoa.


She advocates for bicultural early interventions and kaupapa hauora approaches and interaction Therapy (PCIT) for whānau Māori who have survived multiple challenges.

More recently her research interests include kaupapa Māori and bicultural innovation in digital resources for youth well-being. She is co- leader of "Resilient Teens" with colleague Sarah Hetrick, developing and using an array of wellbeing apps. This includes: parenting apps, emotional wellbeing gamified apps, a wellness and suicide prevention app designed for older teens and a mental health chatbot.


Digital Resources for Mental Wellness


Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and contributor to Psychology Today. New Zealand’s representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), a member of the NZAPP Executive Committee and the All Right? advisory board, Lucy’s research has been published in internationally respected peer-reviewed academic journals such as 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.

She currently works with a diverse range of schools across NZ Aotearoa supporting them by building capacity and understanding of wellbeing and resilience among students, staff and whānau. She is currently writing The Educators’ Guide to Building Whole-school Wellbeing: A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-Practice Process and Effective Implementation (Taylor & Francis, 2020) and is the conference convenor of NZ’s Wellbeing in Education Conference.

ruth donde

Ruth is a Mantle Director and has held the positions of President of the International Coach Federation (Auckland) and Thought Leader of the Year and Global Leader of the Year (Neuroleadership Group)

She is a professionally trained executive coach,

accredited in the Human Synergistics LSI and GSI tools and AboutMyBrain i4 neuroleader model.


Her focus areas are:

  • building leaders and well being for the imagination age

  • using a social neuroscience approach

  • helping organisations become future-fit

  • helping leaders apply competencies and abilities required to thrive now and in the future



Neuro-leaders: Building Leaders and Well-being for the Imagination Age

viki holley

Viki is an educator of 28 years, 18 of those years as a Principal in three different schools, including being establishment principal of a brand new school in South Auckland in 2005. 

Viki spent Term 1 of this year on sabbatical focusing exclusively on ‘Wellbeing In Schools’. 

Viki co-leads the Te Iti Kahurangi Kahui Ako Wellbeing initiative.

She is currently leading Wellbeing as a significant focus for Onehunga Primary School.  Strategic initiatives are in place to support and develop the wellbeing of students and staff. 

As a staff they have developed a framework and strategic plan for wellbeing at OPS which is being implemented over the next three years.

Viki will share some of the journey the school has been on so far, with input and perspectives from students, staff and whanau.

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