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Empowerment, Resilience and Peak Performance 

Megan explains how bitterness damages our hearts and brains, and sabotages the productivity and profitability of our organizations. Drawing on the research she collected for her award-winning, internationally acclaimed book, TRIUMPH OF THE HEART, Megan provides a road map for using forgiveness and resilience to enhance wellbeing individually and collectively.

Keynote Topics

The Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers

Research shows that people who are forgiving of others and themselves tend to be healthier, happier and more resilient. They also perform better at work, provide valuable organizational leadership and are more highly rated by their relationship partners. As a longtime journalist, Megan draws on hard science and moving stories from around the world to explain how to free yourself from toxic resentment and cultivate the power of compassion. In this keynote, Megan shares The Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers: Authenticity, Boundaries and Purpose. We can use them to recover from loss and conflict, and improve wellbeing, relationships and work performance.

Beyond Crisis: Embrace Change and Thrive—No Matter What

We all know that change is the one constant in life, but these days, the pace and scale of change can feel overwhelming. How do we cope with it, much less capitalize on it? As a longtime journalist and acclaimed author, Megan has studied the science of resilience and traveled the world interviewing people who have flourished in the face of life’s toughest challenges. In this keynote, she shares four powerful strategies for turning painful change into transformational opportunity. Learn how to cultivate resilience in any situation by using a unique personal mission, a fun daily game and a radical new narrative.

Beyond Conflict: Cultivating Collaboration and Unity

In times of great change and uncertainty, stress can lead to conflict—which endangers work performance and corrodes culture. In this talk, Megan shares her reporting from around the world on the proven practices that prevent and diffuse conflict while fostering authentic collaboration. From an urban Baltimore school to post-genocide Rwanda, she brings practical tools that any organization can use to diffuse conflict and fuel collaboration and inspired leadership.

Restoring Trust: The Four Steps of Effective Apology

We all screw up. But in this era of rapid change and uncertainty, it’s more likely to happen and more important than ever to repair the damage when we do. The common impulse to ignore or deny the screw-up just makes things worse—for those involved, for company culture and often for public opinion. Even for those who do attempt to apologize and repair the damage, the road to redemption is pitted with potholes. In this talk, Megan explains how to apologize and take responsibility for a screw-up in a way that makes forgiveness more likely, restores trust and paves the way for a new beginning.

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  • Megan spoke at our 8th grade commencement. Her speech on forgiving yourself was not only timely for our 8th graders but struck a cord with the entire audience, adults included. She used humor and honesty to impart the importance of taking a step back from the pressures of the world and not being so hard on ourselves.

    Sarah Verni-Lau Assistant Principal at Highline Academy Charter School
  • Bravo to Megan Feldman Bettencourt for making the process of forgiveness more accessible, and thus the healing of the world more near.

    Marianne Williamson New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love and A Year of Miracles
  • Megan shows the power of forgiveness on all levels & in different situations, from a break-up to genocide. By combining scientific research with stories that can make you laugh out loud and cry, she shows us that giving up resentment has a profound impact on the way we live.

    Emily Beliveau TEDx Boulder attendee
  • Megan has a depth & diversity of experience that is wonderfully engaging & stimulating. Megan is an inspiring author and speaker who would be an excellent guest in any setting where folks want to learn more about forgiveness.

    Loren Toussaint Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Luther College
  • Megan Feldman is that rare combination of relentless reporter & great storyteller. She begins with a funny admission of her own lifelong anger, then segues into an astonishing story about a heroic act of forgiveness.

    Jay Heinrichs NYT Bestselling Author of Thank You for Arguing