Visit here regularly to see descriptions and photos from Optimism Zone events and related happenings. We’d also love to hear about your experiences and stories of implementing The Optimism Principles – send an email (pictures encouraged!) to helen@helenmac.com and we’ll add them to the page:



Understand Others04 February 2015

Chief Executive Optimist of the Optimism Zone, Helen Macdonald was interviewed by Keith Keller for the Global Spotlight podcast series. The conversation was focused on using Optimism as the Achievement Mindset to help coaches to get better results for their clients and to build their businesses, but the principles discussed are applicable to everybody who works with people. Check out part one (of two) here (it runs for 15 minutes) and stay tuned for part two…


CazCooke01 February 2015:

Australian Gold-Medal Paralympian, Carol Cooke, was one of the new members of the Optimists Unite! Breakfast crew last week. Here’s her take on what she experienced… Read More






30 January 2015:Optimists Unite! Jan 2015

The first breakfast for the year saw our meeting room close to capacity, with several new Optimists joining in the fun. It was also the successful launch of “Knots for Profit”, a fund-raiser for The Optimism Foundation. The sources of celebration were the usual mixture of experiences, from major successes to baby steps and everything in between. Wins shared included a wide range from new jobs & new clients to only needing to write 1500 more words to complete a book! In the summary of the brain-storming of ideas to help maximise opportunities or overcome challenges, we heard about the importance of maintaining balance when working on big, exciting projects; the power of connection and of using the “six-degrees-of-separation” principle when wanting to expand your business and the success secrets of creating transformation in our businesses and our lives – a very stimulating morning of conversations!



Optimists Unite! Breakfast Dec 201427 December 2014:

The final Optimists Unite! Breakfast for 2014 was held in between Christmas and New Year, with enthusiastic participation from a group of committed Optimists sharing festive news and the start of plans for the year ahead!







28 November 2014:

Helium Balloons

The launch of the Optimists Unite! Breakfasts in Hampton, Victoria. A small and enthusiastic group of Optimists gathered to share successes – big, small and baby steps – and to brainstorm ideas for optimising their opportunities for the remainder of the year and beyond.




26 October 2014:


Chief Executive Optimist Helen Mac shared the Optimism Principles with attendees at the Secret Girl’s Business Network event, giving some simple suggestions for staying sane in the Silly Season… Organised by the wonderful Josie Kearsey, this event was a highlight of the Klass Events calendar, being a “Mothers and Daughters High Tea”. As well as having a wonderful time networking, shopping, talking, dancing and winning prizes, attendees also raised funds for Loving Autism, which supports parents and families with a child on the autism spectrum. Find out more about future SGBN events at their Facebook Page here.




The Meaning of a Good Life18 October 2014:

The Hunger Project does great work providing opportunities to support communities with limited access to food and water, so it was a pleasure to be asked to MC one of their fundraising events – a one-day conference event exploring “The Meaning of a Good Life”. Four fabulous experts shared their thoughts on the key elements for creating a “Good Life” – Adam O’Donnell, the Corporate Commando; the very inspiring Catherine Moolenschot; founder of performing arts company Midnightsky, Luke Hockley and Dr Melissa Weinberg from the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index.