Nancy Hunter Denney 
Consultant, Speaker and Conference Director


Tapping on the “best of the best” practices observed over three decades in higher education, her vision became a reality with the inaugural Lead365 National Conference held in March 2015 to enthusiastic reviews. Believing in the power of collaboration, she 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, NSLS and In addition to speaking and consulting on leadership curriculum development, Ms. Denney serves as the conference director for Lead365 for the Lead365 Foundation. Here’s how it all came to be…

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 career as a program board advisor at Case Western Reserve University. With presentations at hundreds of state, regional and national conferences, as well as appearances on over 900 college campuses, she 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.  

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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