Kerene Strochnetter - Speaker

Better Humans
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Mindfulness is a way to respond to life, so things don’t knock you off balance quite as easily – and if they do – you bounce back quicker.

Who doesn’t want to be more present, feel more connected, engaged, and productive at work and at home?

People leave my events excited about the possibility of making small achievable changes in their own lives. 

Topic 1: Mindfulness is not just a relaxation tool, it’s a mindset!

We’re living in an always-on-action-addicted culture, made worse by rushing, multi-tasking, information overload, and non-stop distractions.  Burnout is on the rise!

You simply can’t operate at your best when you’re under constant pressure because your own biology is actively working against you.

And while it’s easy to blame our circumstances, research shows stress is mostly related to our mindset.

Everyone knows it’s important to look after your physical body, but how do you look after your mind and manage difficult emotions?

Weaving stories and humour I expose the impact of staying ‘crazy busy’ while explaining:

  • the link between mindfulness and peak performance
  • the impact of a mismanaged mind 
  • the challenges of the modern workplace (VUCA) and the downside of staying too busy for too long
  • how multitasking destroys productivity and makes you exhausted and dissatisfied
  • why stress is not solely related to circumstances
  • the dangers of avoiding and numbing uncomfortable emotions in an effort to cope
  • how mindfulness overrides fast brain reactivity (old automatic kneejerk behaviours keeping you stuck)
  • using mindfulness to be the person you really want to be (connected to your values and what matters most)
  • simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your workday and life (take away tools)
  • why mindfulness is NOT just a calming practice to reduce stress, but essential for self-awareness and growth
  • the dangers of treating the individual and overlooking a toxic workplace culture

I also share my own messy story of burnout and divorce and why I wrote ‘Crazy Busy’.

Mindfulness is a healthier way to respond to life, so no matter what happens things don’t knock you off balance so easily – and if they do – you bounce back quicker.

You could say ‘busy’ is the new stupid and ‘mindful’ is the new smart.

Contact Kerene to discuss speaking to your business, team, conference or organisation.

Topic 2: Disrupting Leadership

To turn a toxic culture around and create a psychologically safe workplace where people can thrive, start with your leaders.

Why? Because leaders create culture!

Leaders who are authentic, honest, and respectful (can clearly communicate what they stand for and role model business values) are invaluable for ensuring people do their best work and for a business to thrive.

If a leader is underperforming, it’s rarely due to a skills gap. Which is why sending leaders on competency skills-based courses (e.g., delegation or coaching skills) is unlikely to bring about the desired change.

Developing leaders is not an intellectual process. Vertical Growth takes leaders on a journey into their messy, often uncomfortable inner experience, to understand what really drives their behaviour…

When leaders learn to expose and interrupt their unconscious fears, beliefs, and attachments (in real-time) they’re able to consistently role model above-the-line behaviours.

It’s called Vertical Growth and it’s inspiring!

In this keynote, I address the importance of Vertical Growth for:

  • Developing top 10% inspirational leadership behaviours.
  • Directly connecting behaviour with culture to real-world business outcomes.
  • Cultivating self-regulating awareness, the pinnacle of self-awareness.
  • Reducing image management (estimated to waste 40% of the average team’s resources).
  • Improving levels of team trust, growth mindset and psychological safety by up to 31%.
  • Improving mental well-being through a deeper understanding of the mind.
  • Improving productivity, focus and effectiveness.
  • Improving mental well-being across the business.


5-min video – the importance of Vertical Growth for leaders.

Don’t make the mistake of sending your leaders on another competency-based course when they’re underperforming.

Developing leaders is not an intellectual process. Under pressure leaders typically revert to old unconscious behaviours, like avoiding conflict, not holding people accountable, or being overly aggressive.

Watch me explain what Vertical Growth is and why it’s essential for interrupting old patterns and putting new behaviours in place.

Kerene was a keynote speaker at our conference and her insight into mindfulness and the ways in which we can manage our mental well-being was invaluable to our delegates (all small business owners and managers). In current times – when our to-do list seems never-ending – it was great to have Kerene remind us of the importance of prioritising mental well-being.

Brooke Coffin

Compliance Officer, CDC Pharmaceuticals

Kerene was such an engaging speaker, demystifying mindfulness and bringing to the forefront the impact of modern-day busyness and its negative impacts on personal behaviours and efficiency.  Also some excellent tips and tools on how to bring mindfulness into the work environment particularly in regards to meetings!  Thank you Kerene!

Cushla Fitchett

Senior Finance Manager Projects and Financial Systems, ANZ

“What can only be described as a carefully curated presentation, Kerene’s wealth of knowledge and passion in all things ‘Mindfulness’ is so transparently obvious and well researched, it’s educational and inspiring. Filled with so many practical tips – our team absolutely loved her session. A thoroughly engaging speaker!”

Carissa Fairbrother

Authorised Financial Adviser and Director, RIVAL Wealth

“Kerene gave us a fantastic overview of what mindfulness actually is, and how practising mindfulness can help us in our personal and work lives. I really liked how Kerene made the session practical and relevant, and created an open environment to discuss how we could apply what she shared.”

Kim Beech

Senior Legal Counsel, Z Energy Limited

“Fantastic speaker. Really made you think about taking time out and putting yourself first.”
“Loved it! Learnt something new which is always refreshing.”
“Definitely going to try and get husband to do it as well.”
“Best of the day. Fantastic delivery of great topic – very credible. More of this please!”

Delegate Feedback

Executive Assistant Conference, Wellington 2016

“Kerene is an engaging, entertaining and very informative speaker, who knows her stuff.  She’s an expert on Mindfulness.”

Samantha Hannah

Business Coach, Keynote Speaker, Self Employed

“Kerene delivered an amazingly valuable and thought-provoking session on mindfulness and its value both at work and home.
One of the things that jumped out from Kerene’s presentation is that in a few years’ time, daily mindfulness practices (like meditation) will be as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth.”

Lotty Roberts

Head of Strategic Change and Portfolio Office, BNZ Wellington 2017

“Kerene is an excellent public speaker who presents with confidence, clarity and really knows her subject.”

Neil Meekin

Innovation Manager, Fire and Emergency NZ

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • NZMMMA Conference (Auckland July 2023)
  • Todd Group (Wellington June 2023)
  • Disrupt HR (Wellington March 2023)
  • Trans Tasman Business Circle Keynote Reimagining Wāhine Leadership in Aotearoa (Auckland March 2023)
  • CDC Pharmaceuticals Keynote (Queenstown March 2023)
  • Crown Law (Wellington Dec 2022)
  • Women in Leadership Conference (Wellington Nov 2022)
  • NZ Coroner Group (Auckland Nov 2022)
  • EAR Nurse Specialist Group Whangarei (Nov 2022)
  • NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association Seminar (Sept 2022)
  • Public Sector Exec Assistant Conference (Sept 2022)
  • AdmiNZ Conference (2022 Wellington)
  • MPI (virtual Dec 2021)
  • Victim Support (Dec 2021)
  • Happy Healthy Teachers Summit (Nov 2021)
  • TradeMe (Nov 2021)
  • Presbyterian Support Northern (Nov 2021)
  • Pead PR (virtual Oct 2021)
  • NowYoga Wellington (Sept 2021)
  • Industry Motors (virtual Sept 2021)
  • Entrepreurs Organisation (virtual Aug 2021)
  • Government Legal Network (virtual July 2021)
  • Carson Fox Legal (virtual July 2021)
  • Keynote Kahui Ako Conference (June 2021)
  • New Zealand King Salmon (May 2021)
  • Crown Law (April 2021)
  • Kapiti Law Waikanae (March 2021)
  • Crazy Busy Area Events (March 2021)
  • Seven Electrical (Nov 2020)
  • Public Sector EA Conference (Nov 2020)
  • Plus4 Conference (Nov 2020)
  • NZ Scaffolding Group (Oct 2020)
  • Crown Law Office (Aug 2020)
  • Leadership Dev Centre (July 2020)
  • Kapiti CoC (May 2020)
  • Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit (Feb 2020)
  • Kaibosh Food Rescue (Feb 2020)
  • Wellington HELP (Jan 2020)
  • Expert Panel Wellington Mindfulness – The Workplace Superpower (Dec 2019)
  • Commerce Commission Snr Leader Group (Dec 2019)
  • New Zealand Beef & Lamb (Dec 2019)
  • Deloitte Rotorua (Sept 2019)
  • ANZ Bank Wellington & Auckland (Sept 2019)
  • Crown Law Wellington (Sept 2019)
  • Entrepreneur’s Organisation (July 2019)
  • Commerce Commission (July 2019)
  • New Zealand Police (June 2019)
  • Weta Digital (June 2019)
  • New Zealand Transport Agency (May 2019)
  • Crown Law Office (Feb 2019)
  • Strategic Pay Conference (Feb 2019)
  • Lululemon (Feb 2019)