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Getting to know speaker, coach and author Jess Stuart

Jess Stuart


International speaker and leadership coach Jess Stuart is the author of seven personal development books, specialising in mindset, performance and women in leadership.

Jess’ background is in human resources, which has given her a unique perspective on leadership and wellbeing over the years, with particular expertise in Imposter syndrome. After experiencing burnout herself, Jess immersed herself in other cultures which set her on a path to discover the foundations of mindset and performance, which included training with Buddhist monks and nuns.

An avid writer, Jess’ seven books have a focus on mindset, resilience, and how people can unlock their full potential. Her deep knowledge in this space has seen her regularly called upon by media for commentary and expert opinion, including the likes of the BBC, RNZ and Stuff.

Jess is passionate about sharing her knowledge and levelling the playing field in the gender diversity space. She is the biggest cheerleader for women in leadership and a proud member of the rainbow community.

Originally from the UK, Jess now calls Aotearoa home and lives on Waiheke Island with her wife and their SPCA rescue dog, Minnie, but is regularly travelling across the country to deliver keynote presentations for corporates and events.

Contact for more information or to work with Jess.

Available for:

  • Corporate events
  • Keynote speaker
  • Media commentary

Here’s your chance to learn more about one of New Zealand’s experts in Impostor Syndrome and Burnout:

You had your own experience with burnout, how do you make sure you don’t personally go down that track again?

I have lots of personal practices that keep me grounded and that I can use when I feel the stress levels starting to creep up. I do a lot of meditation, yoga and journaling, and I love spending time at the beach and in nature.

What do you think is the leading factor in burnout?

Out pursuit of brilliance is often what leads to burnout. The very thing we think is leading to performance is our undoing – it’s a quantity model, not a quality one. We need to focus on impact and value, not hours worked.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I’m incredibly passionate about connecting with people and helping them to own their space. I get a lot of joy out of supporting emerging leaders and business owners to overcome impostor syndrome, and helping established leaders to overcome burnout, get mentally fit and lead with confidence. That, and needing to walk our dog, Minnie.

If you weren’t in this line of work, what else would you be doing?

I’d never change the job I have now! I think if I wasn’t already working in this space, I’d be somewhere on the path to getting here because it’s such a natural calling for me.

What might people find surprising to learn about you?

I used to play football for Nottingham Forest in the UK!