Keynote Speaking

Audiences of all kinds find our engaging style and deep knowledge inspiring and entertaining. We deliver practical tips, peppered with relatable stories and self-effacing humour, but always underpinned by the best of science and practice.

Popular Topics Include:

Sustainable High Performance

Going the distance and avoiding burnout

Practical Tools for Challenge and Growth

Resilience research you can use


How can we build it in ourselves and others?

Resilient Grieving

How can we support those coping with loss?

Why Strengths Matter

The secret to unleashing your organisation’s true potential and igniting your teams

Introducing Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding facilitator and speaker who regularly presents at national and international wellbeing conferences.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, consulting with Deloitte and KPMG in the UK and NZ, her career has spanned guest lecturing on the Executive Masters in Positive Leadership & Strategy at IE University Madrid and working 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 several edited volumes.

Her podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, is recommended by TED in their culture list for 2020. It features interviews with leading wellbeing authorities from around the world.

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Introducing Dr Lucy Hone

Dr Lucy Hone had long been on a mission to translate the best of resilience psychology to help people cope with challenge and change, when personal tragedy transformed her understanding of resilience from the academic to the personal in 2014.

Her book, Resilient Grieving, and her TED talk, 3 Secrets of Resilient People (among the Top 20 TED talks of 2020), has fuelled demand for her Keynote presentations globally. Originally from London, trained by the thought leaders in the field at the University of Pennsylvania, and now at the University of Canterbury, her research is published internationally and her PhD was acknowledged for its outstanding contribution to wellbeing science.

She is co-author of the Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing, co-convenor of Wellbeing in Education NZ, presenter on many of NZIWR’s online courses and has featured in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the BBC and ABC, Channel News Asia, Swedish Television, The Bolt Report Australia, TVNZ and TV3.

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Dr Emma Woodward | NZIWR | Clinical Director

Introducing Dr Emma Woodward, Clinical Director

After working as a Social Worker with older children and adolescents in East London for several years Dr Emma Woodward decided that the only effective way to support children and young people with their mental health was to get in earlier and teach them the protective skills they needed in the first instance. So, in 2006 Emma changed careers and undertook her Doctorate in Child, Educational and Community Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Emma now has over 20 yrs experience working with children, young people and their families to support their mental health and wellbeing.

After moving to NZ in 2014, Emma worked for the Ministry of Education where she ended up as Practice Leader for the Intensive Wraparound Service. Emma is now the Director of Psychological Services at The Child Psychology Service in Auckland and the Clinical Director at the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. Emma supports children and their families with a range of concerns (predominately anxiety in school aged children) and delivers training nationally around NZ on using strengths-based approaches and Positive Psychology when working with children, young people and their families.

As mother to three wonderfully lively and curious boys, Emma has a specific interest in how we use the science of Positive Psychology to support today’s children to develop the skills that they need in order to thrive in their tomorrow. Emma has a warm, genuine and curious approach to her work and her passion lies in enabling clients to use their strengths to support self-motivated and lasting change.

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