Nancy Hunter Denney 
Consultant, Speaker and Conference Director


Unable to contain her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to spend more time with her young children, Ms. Denney resigned as the assistant dean of students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) in 1993 to become a full-time professional speaker. She came to WPI after starting her student affairs career as a program board advisor at Case Western Reserve University in 1984. With presentations at hundreds of state, regional and national conferences, as well as appearances on over 900 college campuses since 1993, Ms. Denney has earned a national reputation for humorously challenging audiences to raise their personal expectations and standards for life and leadership. She has also shared the national stage with financial advice giver Suze Orman, news correspondent Solidad O’Brien, and talk show host, Dr. Phil. 

Then it happen. In the Spring of 2014, Ms. Denney made a decision to raise the bar. Tapping on the “best of the best” practices observed over three decades in higher education, she launched the inaugural Lead365 National Conference held in March 2015 to enthusiastic reviews. Believing in the power of collaboration, Nancy Hunter Denney credits the success of Lead365 to partnerships with founding partners NACA, NASPA, ACPA and NCLP, as well as with the generosity of spirit of fellow professional speakers and colleagues willing to serve as “The Faculty” for three straight days.  Current partners supporting Lead365 include NASPA, ACPA, NCLP, AAUW, and NSLS. In addition to still speaking and consulting on leadership curriculum development, Ms. Denney serves as the Lead365 conference director for the Lead365 Foundation.

Given the growth and success of the Lead365 National Conference, Ms. Denney continuously seeks to build engaging relationships with talented speakers and work collaboratively with others dedicated to the leadership growth and career preparedness of college students.

Ms. Denney is the author or co-author of six books, owns her own publishing company, and has served on regional and national leadership boards including the NACA New England Regional Steering Committee, ACPA Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Missions for Humanity – a nonprofit dedicated to providing medical care to third world countries.

Ms. Denney attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology. She earned a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

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