HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Dr. Zelana Montminy

Author, Leading Expert in Positive Psychology, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker, & Go-To Media Wellness Expert


  • Navigating a Fast-Paced, Ever-Changing Environment: How To Improve Focus and Stop Multitasking
  • Forget Happiness. Master Resilience
  • How To Be an Effective Leader
  • Coping with Current Anxiety
  • Managing Disappointment
  • Finding Purpose in Your Job and in Life


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A leading figure in Positive Psychology and one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Dr. Zelana Montminy takes mental fitness to another level. She is the author of 21 Days to Resilience (HarperElixir), which was #1 on Amazon in Mental Health and has been published in 5 languages. Internationally-acclaimed speaker, and go-to media wellness expert, Dr. Montminy translates complicated research from positive psychology and the fields of nutrition and neurology, to create a uniquely holistic approach to health.

Resilience is a quality most of us want to possess. How we actually attain the skills to become resilient has been left out of the conversation. Until now. In 21 Days to Resilience, Dr. Montminy offers a practical, science-backed toolkit to develop your capacity to handle whatever life throws your way—and thrive. Each day of her powerful program, Dr. Montminy introduces a key trait necessary to improve resiliency and enhance wellbeing, such as gratitude, focus, playfulness, self-respect, and flexibility, then provides three simple tasks to accomplish that day—one in the morning, one during the day, and one in the evening. 21 Days to Resilience lays the foundation for happiness and shows you how to build your strength to carry you through the rest of your life.

Dr. Montminy holds masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology with a specialization in health, as well as a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. She seeks to explore the relationship between resilience, happiness, and healthful lifestyle choices. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), an active regional board member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a consultant for the Institute for Applied Positive Research, and on the Program Advisory Board of the Respect Institute.

Currently Dr. Montminy has a talk show called "Free Healthcare" on Awesomeness TV and is shooting a series for Lifetime Television on resilience and parenting. Dr. Montminy runs a private resilience coaching practice, as well as offers seminars to various groups and organizations. Some of her corporate clients include the Coca Cola Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Procter & Gamble, and more. She has been a regular on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Today Show, Good Morning America, E! Entertainment Television, and Access Live.  She also appears in Cosmo, Parents Magazine, People, Redbook, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, Health Magazine and more.

A prominent presence on the lecture circuit, addressing academic institutions, businesses, and non-profits at conferences and retreats on a range of topics, Dr. Montminy shares the knowledge, vision, and practical tools necessary to manifest true transformation in all aspects of life. Whether speaking at an intimate gathering for a full day retreat, parenting seminar or a large-scale auditorium, her presentations will resonate with you.

Dr. Montminy is an avid traveler and speaks five languages, including Russian, Spanish, and French. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.


Speaking Engagement Clients Include:

Saks Fifth Avenue • Coca-Cola • Estee Lauder • Smashbox • Nivea • Chobani • PopSugar • Dove • Downy • Gillette • Adiddas • New Balance • Reebok • Victoria’s Secret • Physique57 • Fabletics • Thrive Market • Sarah Michelle Gellar • Molly Sims • Foodstirs • Lorna Jane • Flywheel • Suja Juice • Amazing Grass • Wedderspoon • Gaia Herbs • University of California, Los Angeles • Pepperdine University • Pomona College • Business School of Latvia • Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania • Kelly LeVeque • Sophie Jaffe • Soho House • Young President's Organization • National Association of Women’s Business Owners • Los Angeles Business Journal • Commercial Real Estate Women Network • Oregon Department of Education • HMSHost • KPMG • Bank of America

Praise for Dr. Zelana Montminy:

"Every parent needs a Dr. Zelana in their lives. Her focus on how adult behavior impacts child resilience is powerful. Her honest and direct approach make you feel like you’re talking to an old friend who is not afraid to tell you the truth. Steeped in research and years of experience, Dr. Zelana might not tell you what you want to hear, but she will tell you what you need to hear. If you are a parent, educator or anyone who works with kids, find a way to get in front of her!"
--Steve Richardson, Ed.D. Principal, John Adams Middle School

"Dr. Zelana Montminy’s building resilience presentation was insightful, engaging and tailored specifically for our company, so much so that it resonated well with our large, diverse group. Dr. Zelana is a refreshing change to traditional speakers. Dr. Zelana’s talk truly brought food for thought with actionable takeaways to help enrich our personal and professional lives. Dr. Zelana even took time to individually greet and also personalize her 21 Days to Resilience book for all those in attendance. Dr. Zelana’s presentation continues to be a much talked about event which is proof of the positive lasting impression she brought to the HMSHost team. Thank you, Dr. Zelana."
--Jeff Yablun, Chief Operating Officer at HMSHost

"Dr. Zelana's presentation was fabulous! It was the perfect combination of humor, education, entertainment and enlightenment. She left us all wanting to hear more (was that really an hour!?), which is why the books were completely sold out within the first 20 min! She is like the brutally honest best friend we all want, but with the credibility and expertise to back everything up."
--Leah Mitchell, Account Manager, KPMG

“Dr. Zelana Montminy is magnetic, poised, and full of insight. It was a pleasure to welcome her to the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology to present to our students, alumni, faculty, donors and community partners. She expertly tackled coupling research with the realities of life and expounding on tools and mindsets to practice and work towards our best self. I’m thrilled she is now a partner with our school.”
--Vanessa Jahn, Cultural Attache, Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

"I was thrilled when Dr. Zelana was available to take a quick break from her 21 Days to Resilience book tour to speak at our event. She shared brilliant insights in to the pressures of our "high expectation lives" of today with solid and scientific backed research that gave us understanding on how resilience is a key component to being "happy". Not only is her content relevant and applicable but she presents it in such a way that you wish you could spend the entire afternoon listening to her speak. She fills the room with her positive message!"
--Sarah Butterbaugh Prinsloo, Co-Inventor Ruggable

"Dr. Zelana is an insightful speaker who will challenge your assumptions on happiness and offer actionable steps on how to become more resilient. She is passionate, professional, and genuine not only in her presentation style, but in her interactions with individuals. Her approach to boosting well-being through resilience is powerful and much-needed in our modern world."
--Maureen Caldwell, School Employee Wellness Program Officer, OEA Choice Trust

“Dr. Z is a dynamic speaker that makes you think carefully about becoming your best self. Her passionate message about becoming evermore resilient has inspired me as a professional woman and mother to think deeper and be more mindful every day."
--Monica Kirchner, Chief Executive Officer at Dot Luxury (.Luxury)

“Dr. Zelana Montminy’s reveals that life does not have to be in search of the ever elusive pursuit of happiness, instead understanding resilience is the key to unlocking all it takes to lead a life of purpose and contentment.  She packs a punch in her “tool kit” book “21 Days to Resilience ” and gives a profound talk that not only is enlightening but full of hope and useful tips on how to achieve a resilient life. I would highly recommend her for any type of program that strives for enriched content and practical take home value.”
--Mistine Borden, Capstone Events

"I recently had the pleasure of participating in a personal development session facilitated by Dr. Zelana Montminy during a business meeting. We were introduced to Dr. Z’s work about resilience, participated in an exploration, and shared our experiences with the group. Under Dr. Z’s intense gaze and thoughtful questioning, challenges were met, revelations were made, and we all left with tools for the future – all in just 60 minutes. I’ve already pre-purchased my copy of her new book and greatly look forward to implementing her program for a happier future!"
--Laurie Cantagallo Regional Manager

“Dr. Montminy was an excellent resource who was engaging, thoughtful and informative. Her advice has real and meaningful impact on people’s lives! I would use her again and again”.
--Paul Daneshrad Chief Executive Officer StarPoint Properties

“It was so refreshing working with Dr. Zelana Montminy on developing a Health and Happiness program which she flawlessly delivered during an annual Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Regional Leadership Conference. Her knowledge, passion, and creativity allowed us to take it one step further – we served foods during breakfast and breaks that support Dr. Montminy’s research. It was a great experience for all participants.”
--Elizabeth Griffin, Regional Director, YPO-WPO Pacific U.S.

"Dr. Z demonstrates the correlation between healthy eating and happiness in an entertaining fashion and with compelling scientific arguments that gets the entire audience engaged. We all left energized ready to change our habits to promote a healthier happier lifestyle."
--David Nathanson, General Manager, Fox Soccer Channel

“Dr. Montminy spoke on resiliency at an event organized for OECD staff via Zoom. Resiliency seems to be the word of the year, but unlike many who claim to be experts on the topic, Dr. Montminy anchors her expertise in a sold background of scientific rigor. her presentation brought to mind the renown Yale University course, The Science of Well-Being. Like Dr. Santos, the course professor, Dr. Montminy provides the scientific evidence and research references, and then gives an interpretation of how the results can be applied in real life. During the Q & A, Dr. Montminy conveyed genuine empathy, warmth and understanding underpinned by a much-needed pragmatism and recognition of the importance of boundaries. Dr. Montminy’s session with us was refreshing and far too short.”
--Lynn Robertson, Manager Africa/MENA, LACCF, Competition Expert OECD

Praise for of 21 Days to Resilience: 

“Insightful, interesting, and intelligent. Dr. Montminy’s book can help any parent, student or leader find ways to immediately make positive research come to life. More than a decade of research proves that, no matter where you are starting, by making small changes to our lives, we can dramatically raise our power over our environment and strengthen our resilience to challenge. Dr. Montminy helps translate this life-giving research into practical daily steps. From science to real life, Dr. Montminy makes the path to positive change clearer than ever.”
--Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness

“It’s hard to have a calm mind and clear purpose when life gets crazy and chaotic. Dr. Z gets it. This book is like having her at your side as part therapist, life coach, and friend, walking you through a process that will change your outlook and help you push through challenges towards your best self.”
--Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress, producer and co-founder of Foodstirs

“It may seem like life is easy for a supermodel, but that is far from the case. I would be nowhere without the power of resilience. This book puts that power in your hands in real, tangible ways. Whatever you have to conquer, this book makes it possible.”
--Mollys Sims, supermodel and actress

“Dr. Zelana Montminy is amongst the very best in this field. What I love about Dr. Z’s approach in 21 Days to Resilience is how comprehensive, pragmatic and actionable it is. If you want to build your resilience muscles, these daily workouts are just what the doctor ordered. You’ll be amazed how effortless life will feel as a result.”
--Shirzad Chamine, New York Times bestselling author of Positive Intelligence and Stanford lecturer

“Dr. Zelana Montiminy has what we all want. She glows with health and vibrancy, has boundless energy, and seems to get it all done without any stress. Now she lets us in on her seemingly magical and mystical secrets to happiness through her science-backed toolkit to overcome life’s daily and bigger challenges with a realistic shift in approach. 21 Days to Resilience gives us a powerful map we can apply to grab ahold of radical wellbeing and happiness in our daily lives, for real. Dr. Z brings fierce credibility, a fresh and engaging perspective, and leaves me hanging on every word she writes. Her books will be required reading for Strala training programs, a shining example to professionals in the field, and a fantastic resource to anyone wanting to live a fulfilled life.”
--Tara Stiles, bestselling author of Make Your Own Rules DietYoga Cures Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, and founder of Strala Yoga

“Dr. Zelana Montminy is without a doubt one of the smartest people that I’ve ever worked with. She is at the leading edge of positive psychology. Her ability to translate and communicate complex concepts into user-friendly and applicable knowledge is one of her biggest assets. Now she shares her incredible insights and expertise on positive change in 21 Days to Resilience. She’s captured the secrets underlying human behavior. This book is a must-read for anyone looking not just for change but also spiritual uplift and sustainable transformation! Her book is incredibly important and critically timely.”
--Dr. Mao Shing Ni, bestselling author of The Tao of Nutrition and Secrets of Longevity, and founder of Tao of Wellness

“Dr. Zelana Montminy combines expertise, authenticity, likeability, and a unique ability to translate confusing information in an honest, clear way. 21 Days to Resilience will have you look deep inside to change your negative patterns into positive ones. Dr. Montminy’s psychology and health-based principles will inspire you to be the best you possible, no matter your challenges!”
--Catherine McCord, bestselling author of WeeliciousWeelicious Lunches, and founder of Weelicious.com

“This book is a wellness game changer. All too often we think that if we can simply find happiness, our lives will fall into place. 21 Days to Resilience shows that instead of chasing an elusive concept of happiness, we can pivot to a more effective focus on resiliency. Dr. Z explains how to focus on simple daily habits, and why doing so can offer you a far better chance of feeling happy, healthy, and balanced. She is shifting the happiness conversation!”
--Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, New York Times bestselling author of Flat Belly Diet!Flat Belly Diet! CookbookS.A.S.S! Yourself Slim, and Health magazine contributing editor

“Who we are and what we achieve in life is, in my opinion, a direct result of ALL of our life experiences (both good and bad). In this book, Dr. Montminy talks about how ‘building resilience’ will help move your life in the right direction… a concept that is a long time coming and one we can all benefit from. What is life if we are not learning and growing? And if resilience brings both contentment and happiness, I’m in!”
--Lorna Jane Clarkson, author and CCO of Lorna Jane Activewear

“Dr. Montminy’s book about Resiliency is a practical toolbox helping anyone make powerful changes in their life and become more successful at anything they want. Within 21 days, she breaks the secrets to success and happiness down to a science. Read this book and take this journey with her if you want to become more successful at practically anything.”
--Leah Segedi, founder of Mamavation.com

“It’s about time Dr. Z wrote a book! As someone actively involved in the health space and having recently co-authored a book, I can speak from experience in saying that I have no doubt this will be a huge success. Her message is truly unique, inspirational and authentic – and something that will resonate with people well beyond just this book.”
--Hayden Slater, author & founder, Pressed Juicery