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#Hear4U and the Ministry of Primary Industries have joined together to host an inspiring afternoon learning about resilience and coping skills. Join us at the War Memorial Hall to welcome Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone who are Directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and respected global speakers providing practical tools for tough times. They’ll offer advice on how we can build resilience in ourselves and others, and discuss how we can support those coping with loss and other difficulties.

Both Denise and Lucy are known for their incredibly engaging style and deep knowledge that is inspiring and entertaining. They deliver practical tips, peppered with relatable stories and self-effacing humour, but always underpinned by the best of science and practice.

Our guest speakers:

Dr Denise Quinlan is acknowledged internationally as a world-class facilitator and trainer who tackles difficult subjects with her trademark humour and compassion, generating hope and practical actions.  A global thought leader in sustainable, future-focused wellbeing and resilience, Dr Quinlan synthesises insights from her multi-disciplinary background to develop solutions to the urgent issues facing work, family, and community. Committed to building a better future, Denise shares how people, organisations and communities worldwide can benefit from Collective Resilience, Inclusive Redesign, and the Caring Economy.

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 courses, and authors books. An internationally published academic researcher, her award-winning Podcast, Bringing Wellbeing to Life, shares wellbeing insights from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Originally an equity analyst and dealer-broker on the London Stock Exchange, and a consultant with Deloitte and KPMG in Europe and NZ, Denise’s corporate background informs her work with senior executives across the globe, including as an award-winning guest lecturer at globally ranked IE Business School, Madrid. Denise is the only New Zealand trainer to have worked alongside Prof Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering the University of Pennsylvania’s resilience and wellbeing programmes in Australia and the UK.

Regarded as a thought leader in the field of resilience psychology, Dr Lucy Hone has a one-off understanding of resilience having lived through personal loss and natural disasters. Adjunct senior professor at the University of Canterbury, an internationally sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning ‘pracademic’, Lucy helps organisations from Fortune 500 countries, and the UN, to government agencies and community groups, understand how they can better cope with disruption, uncertainty, challenge, and change. Her TED talk on resilience went viral during Covid (becoming one of the Top 20 most watched of 2020), and her work is regularly featured in global media.

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