Petra Velzeboer is a dynamic, entertaining and practical speaker who is sure to bring life, laughter and insight to your audience. A global TEDx speaker, psychotherapist, author, and CEO of mental health consultancy PVL, she brings expertise on topics that impact employees, managers and C-suite leadership with the aim of evolving our workplaces and cultures for the new world of work.
The future of work is a hot topic which Petra speaks on with passion and excitement, complimenting the narratives around AI and enhancing this debate by bringing people into the forefront. With a new angle on wellbeing and mental health, she focuses on positive psychology, elite performance, and creating dynamic teams that you will retain as they grow and evolve together – creating a future of work that is good for our health and sustainable for long term success.
Speaking on global stages she sees the challenges that exist across Europe, the UK, USA, Middle East, and Asia including rising statistics of burnout, anxiety, depression, addiction and suicide. These are only part of the issues facing the workplace as they tackle an economic downturn, long term absence, employee health challenges and attrition and retention as they experiment with a hybrid office – struggling to enhance belonging and connection. Petra offers insight into skills that leaders can utilise to help them lead by example in modelling healthy behaviours, showing vulnerability and offering inspiration and motivation to their people to enable them to thrive.
Petra is the author of ‘Begin with You’ published by Kogan Page, a practical insight into thriving in adversity and challenging toxicity in a world that is desperate for change. Her inspiration and motivation come from her unique and compelling story which she tells with vulnerability, authenticity and dynamic challenge to her audiences worldwide. Born and raised in a notorious cult she knows first-hand what a toxic culture feels like and what it takes to build resilience and take responsibility for good mental health. When she finally left the cult, she spiralled into addiction, depression and anxiety leaving her a desperate suicidal mother of two young children. Hitting several crash points, she finally decided to let go of her victim mindset and begin to build a life that was worth living.
Working with the likes of PwC, Herbert Smith Freehills, Channel 4, Monzo Bank, Novartis, Accenture, Avanade, Eagle Eye, Financial Ombudsman and Havas Lynx group – she translates her story into solutions for teams today including challenging the masks we wear, promoting bravery and building elite teams that can navigate any challenge together.
Petra known for adapting her message to suit audiences of employees, senior leadership teams and HR or Diversity and Inclusion teams.
As well as keynotes and inspiring team talks, she also works with organisations to go deeper through workshops, masterclasses and hosting dynamic panel events as well as offering advice on effective and inclusive wellbeing strategies that enhance diversity of thought, gender issues and leadership styles.
She adapts her story and expertise to include neuroscience, positive psychology to inspire people to achieve greatness.
- How our people are essential to the future of work Mindsets for Success
- A new angle on wellbeing
- How cults are like corporates – and what to do about it
- Leadership and dynamic management
- Burnout and navigating change
Featured in Newsweek, the Huffington Post, BBC Radio, Stylist and many more she’s known for her direct approach to challenging behaviours and motivating leaders, employees, HR professionals and wellbeing champions to truly be the change they wish to see at work.
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Petra Velzeboer: From Trauma to Triumph
"Petra supported us to develop our Global Mental Health Strategy - including bespoke content and re-development of our Mental Health Champions Programme. She offered practical support, thought leadership, clinical expertise and facilitated training in-person and virtually across the UK, US, EMEA and Asia. On top of this, Petra is adaptable, empathetic and highly committed. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to develop a market-leading approach to mental health and wellbeing. I'm excited to continue working together to implement our new strategy."
Herbert Smith Freehills
"PVL is a true partner, bringing awareness and sustainability of employee wellbeing into organisations."
"We had the pleasure of having Petra speak at an internal Guardian employee event for mental health awareness week. The honesty in which she shared her personal experience was quite moving. She was both informative and inspirational. I would highly recommend her workshop."
The Guardian UK
"We invited Petra to speak at our Mental Health Awareness event on dealing with stress and were blown away by her incredible unique story and her authenticity. She is an accomplished presenter and coach who provided a tonne of practical advice on how to look after your mental health told through unforgettable stories and analogies. We’re now getting her back in to be part of our leadership development curriculum."