Dr Denise Quinlan is a founding director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a senior 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.

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.

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). A founding director of NZIWR, Denise’s work supports the wellbeing of hundreds of schools around NZ through direct presentations, NZIWR™’s team of trainers and published resources.

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.

How to Get Started When Taking a Whole-school Approach to Wellbeing: Reviewing the best of science and practice

While many education centres globally understand the need to promote and protect wellbeing, they often find themselves stuck – not knowing where to start, what to prioritise, or how to implement whole-system wellbeing change.

Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone will share practical insights to help you create individualised wellbeing plans to fit with the culture and context of your learning institution. Sadly, there is no one size fits all when it comes to wellbeing, but a decade’s work with diverse schools and learning centres around the world has helped identify the processes and practices that lay solid foundations.

If you know you want to promote wellbeing, come and listen to Denise and Lucy (authors of the Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing: A practical guide to getting started, bestpractice process and effective implementation (Taylor & Francis, 2020)) share their best-practice insights on how to get started.

The Educators Guide to Whole-School Wellbeing:
A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-practice Process and Effective Implementation

The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing addresses challenges faced by schools wanting to improve wellbeing. While many schools globally now understand the need to promote and protect student wellbeing, they often find themselves stuck – not knowing where to start, what to prioritise, or how to implement whole-school change. This book fills that gap.