Workshop: Don't Burn Out, Stand Out

with Bethany Ainsley, OptiMe

13 June 2024, 09:30 - 12:30

The Hangout, UMI, Navigators Point, Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW

Life as a business leader can feel like 100-miles an hour. There is always something else to be done to keep the business thriving, and the constant pressure to perform well can become overwhelming and stressful.

That’s why we’ve invited wellbeing expert Bethany Ainsley (OptiMe) to share her wealth of expertise, psychological theories and wellbeing techniques in this half-day workshop.

Drawing upon key learnings in her latest book ‘Don’t Burn Out, Stand Out’, Bethany will show you how to prevent burnout without sacrificing business performance.

You will learn how to:

  • Implement effective techniques to manage your response to stress symptoms and triggers
  • Nurture your mind and body to achieve optimal performance
  • Apply happiness and gratitude techniques to enhance positive feelings and take pleasure in your personal and business life
  • Overcome overwhelm, procrastination and imposter syndrome to become unstoppable
  • Recognise when you need to switch off and rebalance to return to work energised and raring to go


Designed for both business leaders and their teams, come along and find out how you can start harmonising your health, wellbeing and working life.


About our Subject Expert

Bethany established her first health and wellbeing business, Nuvo Wellbeing in 2008. The multi award-winning social enterprise has supported thousands of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to make healthy lifestyle choices for long-lasting results. Nuvo Wellbeing has been recognised nationally and internationally for its work, demonstrating behaviour change and increasing physical activity levels. Partners include Sport England, NHS, Age UK, Local Authorities and Public Health. 

Bethany received the David Goldman Prize for Innovation and Chief Executive Young Business Person of the Year in 2015 as a result of her work with Nuvo Wellbeing. She remains on the board as Chair, shaping the strategic direction of the organisation. 

In 2018 Bethany established ActivCare after identifying a training gap within Health and Social Care for wellbeing activity provision. The training provided by ActivCare has been accessed by individuals and care organisations across the UK, New Zealand, Canada and the US acting as an additional trading arm of Social Enterprise Nuvo Wellbeing.  

Bethany founded her third organisation OptiMe in 2019 to provide businesses with a digital solution to improve mental health and wellbeing whilst enhancing workplace happiness, productivity and retention. OptiMe has supported organisations across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, logistics, retail, leisure, education and professional services. This innovative work was recognised by the Institute of Directors, as Bethany picked up an Award for Director of the Year in 2022. 

The small print -
 Workshops are open to all members and partners of the Forum. Two guest places are available to ‘Ultimate’ and ‘Premium’ members. Please note guests must be from your own company.

If you are a ‘Core’ member and would like to upgrade your membership or to find out more please email or call one of the team on 0191 500 7780.

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