Penny Power OBE is a UK entrepreneur, international public speaker, author, and community builder.
In 1998, ahead of LinkedIn and Facebook, Penny Power and her husband created “Ecademy,” a platform which connected business people to one another with strong values around deep connections, honesty and the culture of “friendship first”. It grew to include 650,000 business members across 52 countries.
Approaching business in a highly personal way, she performed her first Public Speech in 2001 to BT, with the topic of Emotional Wealth and its impact on Financial Wealth.
Penny has always approached business in a highly personal way. Culminating in her Authoring her book in 2019 “Business is Personal’ which shares the importance of respecting that our Personal life and attitudes impact our business life and visa versa.
Recognition for the impact she has made in creating and nurturing business community came in 2014, when she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her contribution to entrepreneurs through the power of community.
Penny now speaks regularly on how to develop close relationships in business and how to manage ourselves in a rapidly changing world when people can often feel overwhelmed, and find managing change challenging.
Penny leaves her audience feeling empowered and with new attitudes and insights that enable them to perform better and to take a deeper sense of responsibility for their futures.
In 2020, Penny and her husband Thomas launched BIP100 (Business Is Personal), an exclusive, intimate community of business experts that meet online, socially, as well as attending Masterminds and Business is Personal Dinners.
Penny identifies the advances in technology and the benefits these bring but also the negative impacts that can come with them, including stress, anxiety and general mental health challenges.
For years Penny was told that sensitivity in business was negative and that she had to be tougher. Over time, however, Penny grew to see her sensitivity as a strength and not something she wanted to change.
In 2018, Penny published her hit book Business Is Personal, which has helped thousands of business owners find success and happiness in their work. Her second book Success Secrets for Wellbeing was published in 2022. Community Mindset followed in 2023, which expands on her belief that implementing a community is a powerful asset for businesses and organisations, provided they understand the benefits of placing “citizens” at the centre of their strategy.
A powerful speech that helps organisations shift toward a ‘community mindset’ and innovate the way they communicate and support their employees, clients, suppliers, and stakeholders.
Business Is Personal
An inspiring, ‘real life’ speech, designed to support organisations to create a culture of vulnerability, emotional intelligence and connection.
Nothings In Your Way
Encouraging self-empowerment and a positive attitude to building your career, Penny speaks about her journey in a very relatable way and encourages others to empower themselves. Includes Penny’s 12 Principles of Self Empowerment.
Penny shares her experience and knowledge from 35 years in business and combines this with her desire and passion to help support businesses to build “community first” cultures. Cultures that help every person to feel heard, understood and appreciated. Her talks are engaging and inspiring, leaving her audiences touched by her passion and insight.
“Penny, thank you so much for your inspiring talk and Awards Presentation, last night at the Techworks 2019 Gala & Awards. I have had so much positive feedback it is incredible – your standing ovation was so well deserved. You touched the hearts of many CEOs and Business Owners and Professionals in the room by talking about your own experience and the empathy felt by so many in the room was outstanding. It was a true pleasure to meet you.” – Alan, CEO at TechWorks
“Penny Power exceeded our expectation and before we have even finished our conference that was the highlight and really resonated with our team. What an inspirational woman.” – Smith & Nephew
“I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Penny for her wonderful keynote speech and great facilitating at our Digital Marketing Conference 2022 at the Leicester Marriot Hotel. The event ran smoothly and professionally with her help and support and the conference was a success. The feedback was excellent.” – Kam, Events and Engagement Officer, East Midlands Chamber
“Wow Penny was absolutely brilliant, her talk was very aspiring and she hit the nail on the head with the brief. Penny engaged the audience brilliantly, and the support she showed for the programme pre- and post-talk was amazing. She networked, tweeted (lots) and facilitated some great discussions amongst the delegates.” –Emmie, Nottingham Trent University
“I only have positive feedback all round for Penny – she was fantastic. Very engaging with the audience, professional and approachable. She was great to deal with personally, and with other team members organising the event.” – Kayleigh, D2N2 Growth Hub