Biography

“An awesome lady… a great role model for women everywhere!”
Michelle Ryder, Program Chair
Indiana Correctional Association

Nancy Hunter Denney is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, author, and educator dedicated to empowering others to maximize their personal influence, inspire others and seek happiness. She seeks to encourage a personal sense of responsibility (and obligation) for serving a greater social good by sharing strategies for enhanced engagement in one’s work place, areas of study, organizations, communities and relationships.

Focusing on non-profit helping organizations, women’s leadership organizations and higher education, Ms. Denney has earned a national reputation for excellence at the podium. In addition to appearances on over 900 college campuses and at hundreds of conferences in higher education, she has appeared on the national stage with financial advice expert Suze Orman, news correspondent Soledad O’Brien, and talk show host Dr. Phil. Other clients include state, regional and national conferences of non-profit associations, as well as, corporate clients ranging from Deloitte-Touche to Century 21 to Proctor & Gamble.

Prior to starting her own speaking business in 1993, Ms. Denney worked in higher education student affairs – an experience which differentiates her from many other speakers. She uses this experience as a foundation for her creative teaching and training style. Her energy on stage is consistently described as “contagious.”

Ms. Denney is the author of, or contributing author to six books. Her most recent releases include Wisdom Along the Way: Writings on Life and Leadership, Zing! 21 Insights on Maximizing Your Influence – 3rd Edition (Foreword by Dr. Ken Blanchard) and The Now Factors of College Success2nd Edition, with Jermaine Davis and Michael Miller. Not only is Ms. Denney an avid writer, she serves an the editor and project manager for her own publishing company called, Zing! Publishing established in 2010.

Ms. Denney attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communication Studies and Psychology. She earned a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

The proud parent of Jacob and Kaitlin, Ms. Denney resides in Marion, MA with her husband, sailboat and Dinky the Cat.