About us

Optimism was established in 1988 by learning and development expert, Sussan Ockwell. Since then, Optimism has become a leading provider of capability and learning solutions for corporates operating in New Zealand - and globally.

We're passionate about developing capability and confidence individually and collectively, and we thrive on creating innovative solutions that deliver a competitive edge and long-term results. What gives us the greatest satisfaction? Seeing companies succeed globally as a result of the competitive advantage we've helped them develop.

Meet our team

Sussan Ockwell

Director

Rob Leyland

Client Partner

Toni Rogers

Learning Partner

Nicola Macdonald

Learning Partner

Louise Weeks

Learning Partner

Jo Lascelles

Learning Partner

Rebecca Breen

Services Manager

Jeff Bavage

Digital Developer

Taryn Sun

Digital Developer

Jonathan Ellis

Digital Developer

Jouet en Peluche

Office Toy

Optimism Team Member

We're always keen to hear from good people. Get in touch!

Profit for a purpose

Our commitment to the community is demonstrated through Optimism’s ‘Profit for a Purpose’ policy. A percentage of our yearly profit is donated to local and international humanitarian and pro-social causes. In 2016 we donated to a selection of small business owners in developing nations through the Kiva.com website. These donations will help those individuals grow their businesses, support their families and provide employment for others in their community.


Optimism NZ is working with NGO Flame Cambodia to help the women in Cambodia’s slums to start and grow their own micro- businesses - so that they can feed their families and communities. Watch the video to join Sussan Ockwell as she goes into the slums to find out how Optimism can help, and discover how a little goes a long way in Cambodia.

Awards

NZATD2016 Programme
Ports of Auckland & Optimism
Runner-up

Programme of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

NZATD2016Person
Sussan Ockwell
Winner

L&D Person of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

NZATD2016 Practitioner
Sussan Ockwell
Winner

L&D Practitioner of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

IELA 2016
Optimism & NZ School Trustees
Honourable Mention

E-Learning
IELA 2016

LearnX Impact Awards 2016
Optimism
Silver Winner

Best eLearning Interactive Scenario
Learnx Impact Awards 2016

Learnx LIA 2015
Optimism
Silver Winner

Best eLearning Development Company
Learnx Impact Awards 2015

IELA 2015
Optimism
Winner

E-Learning
IELA 2015

eLearnz
Optimism
Winner

eLearnz 2015