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Denise Quinlan

Founding Director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Wellbeing is a marathon not a sprint: it takes time - and a team

Dr Denise Quinlan is a founding director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, an adjunct fellow at University of Canterbury, and a published academic researcher.

Trained in wellbeing science at the University of Pennsylvania by the world’s leading thinkers and researchers, she went on to attain her PhD in psychological wellbeing from the University of Otago. An Adjunct Professor at one of Europe’s leading business schools and facilitator of the only accredited Diploma in Wellbeing Science in Australia and NZ, she has taught global business leaders and educators around the world how use wellbeing science for peak performance and wellbeing.

Current Work:
Dr Quinlan is acknowledged nationally and internationally as an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Her humour and honesty make for engaging and entertaining learning. These same qualities have made her award-winning podcast Bringing Wellbeing To Life popular with a broad audience. Denise is the co-author of The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing, published internationally in 2020.

In addition to corporate wellbeing work in New Zealand and Australia, Denise has taught strengths-based team development to senior managers from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa on IE University’s Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy programme in Madrid, Spain. Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, she has worked as a management consultant with Deloitte and KPMG in the UK and NZ, where she conducted European market analysis and organisation reviews before going on to specialise in management assessment and development.

As the only trainer from Australia/New Zealand selected to deliver the University of Pennsylvania’s ground-breaking Penn Resiliency Programme, she has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich training educators at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter’s Adelaide and Wellington College). Denise’s work supports the wellbeing of hundreds of schools around NZ through direct presentations, NZIWR™’s team of trainers and published resources.

Talking Points

Wellbeing - strategies from a recovering pessimist

Kicking for the surface: resilience tools and tips to keep your head above water

Thriving through uncertainty: the soft skills we all need for hard times

Building teams that perform well under pressure

Strengthen your team: the approach delivering top performance around the globe

How strong relationships build wellbeing and performance

Denise was a true gift to the team. Keep doing the amazing work that you are Denise, it is incredibly powerful. Netball NZ

Dr. Quinlan’s approach is steeped in solid science, coalesced with compassion and spiced with whole lot of fun. She won’t do the work for you, but she will be with you to harness your strengths so that you can do the work.

International Positive Psychology Association

The whole audience is entranced the moment Denise starts to speak, her lilting Irish accent SO compelling... you wish she would never stop! Not only does she engage the audience with a wonderful stage presence but she connects to them with powerful, intelligent, clearly articulated, thoughtful, relevant content. Denise’s use of humour along with a genuine warmth and empathy enables her to deliver powerful messages. I whole heartedly recommend her as a keynote speaker, facilitator, MC, or panellist. She is fantastic!

Conference Innovators

Dr Denise Quinlan was a fantastic addition to our in-house TRILife program. The audience were fascinated by what they were hearing which Denise communicated in a funny and down to earth way. Denise was an absolute pleasure to have and her friendly and approachable nature created a wonderful atmosphere for our event.


Denise is a fantastic speaker and brings a lot of energy and useful information to her talks.


Denise was well prepared and engaged well with the audience. She followed the brief provided and added in mentions of our brand when appropriate.

Anderson Lloyd

Exceptional delivery with empathy and warmth.


Denise was absolutely PERFECT for our event. She is very warm and engaging and has a way of presenting information that is easy to listen to. We received a lot of positive feedback afterwards.

Hospice Taranaki
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