I like to think of my little but mighty book…

… as the anthem of the under-dog! I have braided personal story, research, and practical applications to create a book that tackles complex ideas in a manner that is accessible for everyone. I believe the world needs a wee bit of a comeback story right now, and a map to create their own! This is not a book about resiliency for resiliency’s sake. It is a practical not a radical approach to resiliency that welcomes people exactly where they are and takes them where they want to go. My goal was to share what I have come upon in 20 years of research and teaching to help people navigate the ebbs and flows of life. I want people to finally take themselves out of the never-ending race of trying to carry the weight of the world on their own. I want to help people quiet the noise of comparison and conquering and live with a deep conviction that they can do hard things, and that all will be well.


Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning education and psychology instructor and resiliency expert. She specializes in navigating stress and change, personal wellness in the workplace, and optimal performance – both personal and organizational. In her speaking and teaching work, Dr. Robyne offers us accessible and practical strategies grounded in global case study research that help to foster and cultivate resiliency within ourselves and others. Dr. Robyne has developed innovative programming and has worked alongside some of the most influential organizations in Canada and the United States. She has worked all over the world, with individuals, families, at-risk youth, and numerous organizational giants, helping them to not only overcome their obstacles but to learn how to thrive through and because of them.

In every single interaction, she brings her infectious enthusiasm, unique relatability, and unmistakable expertise to bear on the challenges that humanize us all. As a woman, mother, and educator first and foremost, Dr. Robyne is committed finding alignment between theory and practice, while making knowledge accessible and relatable to all audiences. She continues to teach and work within post-secondary education where she collaborates and shares wise practices for professional development, research, learning, and authentic wellness.


With Neighbourhood Officer, Dale Swift with Toronto Police

Before policing, Dale worked with youth at risk with severe mental health issues, criminal backgrounds, dual diagnosis, homelessness, runaways and more. Dale has been a police officer for Toronto Police Services for 12 years. Now a Neighbourhood Officer still involved with youth.

Poster April 13, 2021


In the Theatre with Shawn Kanungo

Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist and is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends, and actively invests in early-stage ventures.

Posted April 7, 2021


With Canadian Olympian Elizabeth Manley

Robyne chats with Canadian Olympian and Mental Health advocate Elizabeth Manley.

Posted April 6, 2021


With Feminist Marketer Jessica Khouri

Jess is a feminist marketer, professor, and best-selling author whose work focuses on feminist entrepreneurship and questions the norms and narratives that directly impact millennial womxn in business.

Posted March 30, 2021