About me

Mirna Smidt:; about me

Who am I?

Mirna SmidtMy name is Mirna Šmidt. I am a positive psychology and interpersonal skills trainer, speaker, coach, and facilitator. As the founder of Happiness Academy and Trainers Toolbox, I serve individuals and organizations to fulfill their potential & create a positive impact in the world.

For over a decade I support and educate a broad range of diverse organizations (companies, startups, NGOs ) and individuals through workshops, speeches, and coaching. While based in Croatia, I work worldwide.

My goal is your success in reaching your potential and strengthening your well-being, thriving against life challenges, communicating and effectiveness with achieving your goals, using science-based tools from positive psychology.

Through powerful learning experiences, you gain the skills, tools, and knowledge practical and ready to apply in your work and life.

What can I do for you?

It is all about reaching your or your team’s full potential with tailor-made plans or ready-made tools and training!

If you are an individual, I can help you design and live a life you love with simple tools from the science of positive psychology. Rewire your brain to change your mindset and attitude towards life, boost happiness, joy, and well being or get coaching on how to reach career goals, be more efficient, or be a more impactful trainer for others…For a more exhaustive list, check it on What I do.

If you are interested to inspire, motivate or increase the efficiency of your team or are looking and strengthening the culture, communication, or engagement across your organization, let’s build together workshops, speeches, or trainings. For more details, check What I do.

If you are looking for freely accessible tools or ready-made training or workshops, have a look at the below 3 education initiatives I have founded.

Happiness Academy – Strengthening well-being, resilience, mindset & thinking patterns, and personal strengths of organizations, teams, and individuals with evidence-based tools and practices from the science of positive psychology.
Impact Academy – Strengthening skills for higher impact, such as communication, presentation, personal efficiency, teamwork, and team communication, and virtual collaboration. Making teams and leaders are effective, efficient, motivated, and great at achieving results.
Trainers Toolbox – Empowering trainers with evidence-based tools to spark authentic engagement and boost the learning of their participants.

All that I do is customized and tailor-made for you – so if you wish to discuss what can be done to achieve and boost your goals and skills, let’s talk.

Let’s talk

Mirna Smidt at Hive Berlin 2018

How I work – principles and values

I believe that one of the biggest power of individuals to create a meaningful positive contribution to the world is through purpose-driven organizations and workplaces that work in a positive and impactful way.

I am passionate about serving organizations and individuals in creating exactly that – empowering them, educating them, and motivating them.

My work is based on three pillars: empowering you (showing you how it is possible), inspiring and motivating you (helping you figure out what you wish and why it is worth it), and educating you on the best research-based knowledge, methods, and tools to create the desired change.

In my experience, science-based tools from positive psychology and experiential learning methods (and coaching) are the best way to achieve that.
While positive psychology gives us a lot of insights into human flourishing, success, and thriving against challenges, the process of growth, learning, and change needs to be meaningful for the organization and individuals involved in it.
That means that, while following science-based principles and keeping orientation on the goal that we wish to achieve together, every client is different and deserves a customized approach in training, process design, or coaching.

I love to work in a personalized, flexible way, making the process optimal. The broad range and diversity of my background allow me that flexibility and adaptability.

Let’s work together to create the positive change you wish to create!

My life and work are grounded in the following values:
Engaging – both you and I should enjoy this journey of growth, discovery, and meaningful change
Interactive – starts with listening and understanding your needs and goals
Experiential – you learn from experience while maximizing the efficiency of the process
Science-based, yet practical – rooted in no-bullshit tangible knowledge, yet focused on real-life application
Impactful and effective – choosing the optimal tools for actual results
Goal-oriented, yet flexible and personalized/customized – adapted to your needs, styles, and preferences.. to achieve the desired results in the most effective and engaging way
Uniqueness and authenticity – achieving desired change or success in Your way
Courage and ownership – mistakes and experimentation are allowed and supported, but excuses are not
Walking the talk and authentic – I only teach what I apply in my own life
Supportive – in a team, values of diversity, collaboration, openness, and ownership of our own process are integral part of all that we do.

Mirna Smidt Elle


For over a decade I support and educate a broad range of diverse organizations and individuals in reaching their potential and strengthening their well-being, thriving against life challenges, communicating, and effectiveness in achieving their own goals, using science-based tools from positive psychology.

I design and deliver workshops, speaking, and coaching for companies, startups, NGOs, conferences, and individuals, as well as worked in corporate, startups, and NGOs, which makes my work practical, applied, and powerful in the real world.

The impact of my work is powered by a combination of my engineering and corporate background (MsC in Computer and electrical engineering and 10 years of successful career in advanced technologies in Cisco) with a depth of my theoretical knowledge and understanding of psychology and learning process (including MsC of Applied Positive Psychology and a long range of training related education).

Through powerful learning experiences, you gain the skills, tools, and knowledge practical and ready to apply in your own work and life.

Next to 14+ years of experience in training and design and delivery of learning experiences and rich knowledge of positive psychology (including a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge),
my background as an engineer, having a successful 10 years long career at Cisco, helps me understand real-life business with its challenges and potential

I have worked with many organizations, including:
  • Cisco
  • L’Oreal
  • Outward Bound
  • Molson Coors
  • Impact Hub
  • Elle
  • Poliklinika Bagatin
  • Axilis
  • Superbet
  • Visage Technologies
  • Styria
  • Next Group
  • Session Lab
  • Remarkable Bits
And was a speaker at many conferences, such as:
  • TEDx Zagreb
  • Women in Data Science in Zurich
  • Cisco Connect Croatia in Rovinj
  • Hive Global Leaders Summit in Berlin and Bucharest
  • Positive psychology conference in Zagreb
  • Global Women IBM panel Zagreb
  • Cisco Women of Impact Croatia
  • World Global Health Day Festival by ThriveLDN in London City Hall
  • ENTEG (ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen) Day at the University of Groningen
  • Elle Fashion Dinner in Belgrade
  • Machine Learning Summer School, Zurich 2022
  • Flow Conference, online/Utrecht 2022


Constant learning and development are not only an integral part of my work but as well as my personality.

I am among the first ones in Europe to graduate with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
I hold certifications as a Trainer of business education (Zagreb, 2008), a coach (London, 2012), and an NLP Master practitioner (Amsterdam, 2011).
I continuously keep on growing my skills and toolbox as a trainer – deepening my facilitation skills, the Art of Hosting approach to training, Appreciative Inquiry, a broad range of positive psychology tools, and many more.

As a founder and head trainer on Trainers Toolbox, I am active in educating other trainers on basic and advanced skills for creating and delivering impactful learning experiences.

Mirna Smidt

Things I love

Apart from the passion for personal development and learning, my own and the ones of others, I am passionate about travel, adventures, and exciting life experiences.
I lived in 3 countries, worked in 25+ countries, and traveled to 70+ countries.
I am a scuba-diving instructor, drive a motorbike, and love sailing, horse-riding, skiing, kayaking, yoga, and martial arts.

Currently, I am based in Zagreb, Croatia, spend a lot of time in Amsterdam, London, and Florence, and work globally.

Let’s talk

For maximum impact, learning needs to be customized. All that I do is custom-built with a deep understanding of my client, their needs, and the goals they wish to achieve.

If you wish to work in this way to improve resilience, efficiency, communication, results, and well-being in your (onsite or virtual) team or advance your trainers’ skills,
contact me to discuss how to fulfill the potential of your team or yourself.