Our Story

We create bespoke learning solutions for numerous companies across many industries, check out a selection of our work.

Our Background

Optimism was established in 1992 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 beyond. ​​We're passionate about developing competence and confidence in the workplace, and we thrive on creating innovative solutions that deliver a competitive edge and long-term results. ​

Our Founder

Sussan Ockwell is renowned in the L&D industry, and is a regular speaker ​at learning conferences. She was acknowledged as Learning Practitioner of the Year 2018 as well as Learning Person of the Year 2018. Sussan is the ​current Learning Chair for Entrepreneurs Organisation NZ (EO NZ), and was ​awarded EO Megastar of the Year in 2019 for her contribution to the organisation.

Our Founder

Optimism was established in 1992 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 beyond. ​​We're passionate about developing competence and confidence in the workplace, and we thrive on creating innovative solutions that deliver a competitive edge and long-term results. ​

Our Awards

Optimism is an award-winning company, and here’s some of those Awards we’ve won over the last few years.

Optimism & Coastguard Boating Education

Gold Winner

Best Technical Training
LearnX Impact Awards 2018

Optimism & Ports of Auckland

Runner-up

Programme of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

Sussan Ockwell

Winner

L&D Person of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

Sussan Ockwell

Winner

L&D Practitioner of the Year
NZATD Awards 2016

Optimism & NZ School Trustees

Honourable Mention

E-Learning
IELA 2016

Optimism

Silver Winner

Best eLearning Interactive Scenario Learnx Impact Awards 2016

Optimism

Silver

Best eLearning Development Company Learnx Impact Awards 2015

Optimism

Winner

E-Learning
IELA 2015