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Dr Denise Quinlan, NZIWR Director

Dr Denise Quinlan is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding facilitator and speaker who regularly presents at national and international wellbeing conferences. She has delivered effective and enjoyable programmes to people from primary school students and their teachers, to scientists, engineers, and senior corporate executives. Her humour and honesty allow her to create environments where participants fully engage and contribute. NZIWR’s strengths work draws on her validated strengths programme, demonstrated to enhance wellbeing, engagement, and relatedness. Her work has been published in international academic journals and edited volumes.

She has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich delivering the University of Pennsylvania’s ground-breaking positive psychology and resilience programmes at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter’s Adelaide, and Wellington College). Collaboration with a cluster of six NZ schools for almost a decade means Denise has a deep understanding of the challenges and approaches required to transform school wellbeing.

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NZIWR is dedicated to increasing wellbeing for communities and organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

NZIWR - Increasing wellbeing for communities, schools and organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We offer change management, keynote speaking, strength-based approach to learning and positive psychology in schools and organisations - Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone.

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