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Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan

Directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

While we cannot control our life circumstances, we can control our responses.

Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan are founding directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and both have been trained by the thought-leaders in wellbeing science, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Lucy Hone went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations - from government departments, to leading law firms and schools - to design and implement wellbeing and resilience initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change. She is also an Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury University a published academic researcher and best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today.

A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, conference convenor for Wellbeing in Education NZ, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.
Her best-selling book Resilient Grieving is published in NZ, Australia, the US and England and her latest book, The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing is published by Taylor & Francis London and is a global publication for the UK, Asia, US and Australasia.

Her TED talk, the Three Secrets of Resilient People, has had over 3 million views.

Dr Denise Quinlan went on to attain her PhD in psychological wellbeing from the University of Otago. She is an adjunct fellow at University of Canterbury and 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.

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.

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