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Dr
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
Profile

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.

Expertise
Talking Points

Resilience strategies that really work: Insights from a recovering pessimist

As a recovering pessimist and self-diagnosed catastrophiser with a weakness for disaster movies, Dr Denise Quinlan has dedicated several decades to finding wellbeing and resilience strategies that really work for those who need them most. “As someone who’s not emotionally buoyant, I’ve scoured the research to find tools to help me keep my head above water”, she says. In this session Denise shares the tried and tested strategies that help her kick for the surface when she finds herself sinking. As she points out, “even the most robust and resilient amongst us encounter hard times or hard days. All of us can benefit from these tools”. The good news: not only do these tools build resilience, they also unlock sustainable high performance among teams.

Denise’s work is delivered with her characteristic Irish humour, guaranteeing you will laugh while you learn, and that your teams will leave with practical steps they can use immediately. Denise is living proof that wellbeing and resilience skills can be learned and used daily in work and play.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, consulting with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe and NZ, Denise’s corporate background informs her work with senior executives across the globe including guest lecturing at a leading European business school. The only New Zealand trainer to have worked alongside Prof Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering the Penn Resilience Program in Australia and the UK, her research is published in international academic journals and numerous edited volumes. Her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Building resilience during challenge and uncertainty: How to go the distance, avoid burnout, and emerge stronger

One thing the current pandemic has made clear is that we can all benefit from strategies to help us cope better with stress, challenge and change. As Denise acknowledges, “living with uncertainty has its challenges, however there are things we can do to take back control, look after ourselves and our teams, and weather these storms in good shape”. In this session, Denise will bust some myths about burnout and provide practical strategies to keep it at bay. The good news, the strategies we can apply to cope with current challenges are also an investment in sustainable high performance. There has never been a better time to invest in protecting your resilience and performance!

Co-Founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Denise regularly presents at global conferences, creates and teaches online courses, and writes books, as part of her mission to help more people live more satisfying lives. Denise’s work is delivered with her characteristic Irish humour, guaranteeing you will laugh while you learn, and that your teams will leave with practical steps they can use immediately.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, consulting with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe and NZ, Denise’s corporate background informs her work with senior executives across the globe including guest lecturing at a leading European business school. Acknowledged internationally as an outstanding speaker, Denise is the only New Zealand trainer to have worked alongside Prof Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering the Penn Resilience Program in Australia and the UK. Her research is published in international academic journals and numerous edited volumes and her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Workplaces that work for performance and people: Keeping your staff motivated and in your business.

How can you lead effectively through challenge and uncertainty? How can you run a competitive business and attract and keep great staff in tight job markets? The answer to both those questions lies in building organisations where staff can belong, feel safe to contribute and challenge, and are able to use their strengths at work. In this practical and thought-provoking session, Dr Denise Quinlan shares why psychological safety is crucial for high performance and what you can do to build it. Learn cost-free team habits that build belonging, and how 10-minutes a day can be used to improve job satisfaction for staff members in even the most regulated roles. The good news, these strategies will also protect your people against burnout.

Co-Founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Denise regularly presents at global conferences, creates and teaches online courses, and writes books, as part of her mission to help more people live satisfying lives. Acknowledged internationally as an outstanding speaker Denise’s warmth and humour mean she gets on equally well with primary school teachers, scientists, engineers, senior corporate executives and taxi drivers.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, consulting with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe and NZ, Denise’s corporate background informs her work with senior executives across the globe including guest lecturing at a leading European business school. She is the only New Zealand trainer to have worked alongside Prof Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering the Penn Resilience Program in Australia and the UK. Her research is published in international academic journals and numerous edited volumes and her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Taking wellbeing out of the ‘too hard basket’: Start small to make important gains

Most organisations realise that ‘employee wellbeing and resilience’ is both a significant business risk and the key to unlocking high performance. But many are stuck on what exactly to do. The good news -starting small can lead to significant gains. Dr Denise Quinlan will share practical steps you can implement in teams or across your whole organisation to embed crucial foundation stones for wellbeing and resilience. Now is an excellent time to address employee wellbeing - putting these strategies in place has also been demonstrated to avoid the increasing problem of staff burnout being experienced by organisations around the world.

Co-Founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Denise regularly presents at global conferences, creates and teaches online courses, and writes books, as part of her mission to help more people live satisfying lives. Acknowledged internationally as an outstanding speaker Denise’s warmth and humour mean she gets on equally well with primary school teachers, scientists, engineers, senior corporate executives and taxi drivers.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, consulting with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe and NZ, Denise’s corporate background informs her work with senior executives across the globe including guest lecturing at a leading European business school. She is the only New Zealand trainer to have worked alongside Prof Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering the Penn Resilience Program in Australia and the UK. Her research is published in international academic journals and numerous edited volumes and her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Resilience & wellbeing: Staying strong through challenging times

One thing the current pandemic has made clear is that we can all benefit from strategies to help us cope effectively with uncertainty and anxiety, challenge and change. As Denise acknowledges, “living with uncertainty has its challenges, however there are things we can do to take back control, look after ourselves, and weather these storms in good shape”. In this session, Denise will share practical strategies that will help you look after yourself and those around you, and function as well as possible under pressure.

Co-Founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Denise regularly presents at global conferences, creates and teaches online courses, and writes books, as part of her mission to help more people live more satisfying lives. Denise’s work is delivered with her characteristic Irish humour, ensuring you'll laugh while you learn and leave with practical steps you can use immediately. Her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.
Feedback
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.

Qestral

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

Nufarm

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.

Dilworth

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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