keynote speaker megan feldman bettencourt

Drawing on the research she collected for her award-winning, internationally acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, Megan Feldman Bettencourt helps individuals and organizations use forgiveness to recover from loss and disappointment, improve health and wellness, and enhance performance, collaboration and productivity.

She has reported from many countries, and her journalism has appeared in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Salon, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Newsday, Southwest: The Magazine, 5280: The Denver Magazine, The Dallas Observer, LA Weekly and many others. 

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Use the Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers to Boost Personal and Organizational Health

appropriate for organizations interested in improving employee health outcomes and work performance, as well as fostering collaboration and minimizing conflict

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.


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.


appropriate for organizations dealing with leadership crises, public relations problems, revelations of inappropriate behavior or a toxic, post-change environment.

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.


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.


Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

By examining the science and stories of interpersonal and inter-group forgiveness, Megan’s book explores how this age-old concept, when practiced in the right ways, can save lives and maybe even lead to a better world.

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