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Penny Power OBE
As the Chair of Digital Business Britain, the CEO and founder of The Business Cafe - Penny Power's insight into global business, community building and entrepreneurship have all proven like gold dust to business communities around the world.Book Penny Power OBE Today!
Penny Power OBE is a self-confessed 'accidental entrepreneur'. Her inspirational story has seen her become one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the digital arena. A key player in developing the concept of The Business Cafe and bringing it to market - Penny has ensured a platform for start-ups and business owners to flourish.
After almost a decade as a Sales and Marketing Director at Bytech Distribution HP DEC Software, in 1998 Penny turned to the wide world of business ownership, creating Ecademy alongside her husband Thomas Power and CEO Glenn Watkins. A global platform for business leaders to connect, network and push each other to new heights through friendship and online tools - Ecademy represented the first social media networking tool for business people.
Four years later, the 650,000 strong community of business leaders Ecademy had acquired slowly fell victim to the emerging superpowers of LinkedIn and Facebook. Penny and co, developed a different strategy, bouncing back from the loss of business to see Ecademy move with the changing times.
In 2011, Penny became Founding Director of the Digital Youth Academy, providing apprenticeships and opportunities for young people to develop their business and digital skills. In 2014 Penny was to revolutionise the face of microbusinesses. Helping to provide office space and a positive working environment for budding entrepreneurs, Penny was instrumental in the rise of the business cafe - now a fixture of major cities around the world. She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to entrepreneurship and social and digital development.
Promoting important themes, such as the importance of a digital mindset in business, Penny engages audiences with her keynote speeches which encourage people to become the 'leader of their own life and business'. Inspiring audience to follow their ambitions by taking responsibility - Penny has become one of the most-sought-after motivational business speakers in the UK.
Penny has taken to the stage at events for clients that include blue-chip corporations, banks, organisations, universities, colleges and governments. She has had significant success not only as a business speaker but also as an event host and conference facilitator, where her expertise has proven extremely beneficial to businesses.
"After seeing Penny Power OBE speak on two different occasions, and both times feeling hugely inspired, I invited Penny to be one of the keynote speakers at a 3-day entrepreneurial conference I organised. Penny’s contribution to the entrepreneurial world is commendable and her experience is vast. There is no wonder she is a holder of a prestigious OBE title. Better still, she combines this with absolute honesty, open heart and at times, “powerful vulnerability”, as I call it. As such, Penny leaves her audience deeply inspired and with a treasure trove of useful ideas for their business and life. Penny is a true gift to us – and I warmly recommend her as a speaker to every event organiser who wants to bring the caliber of speakers to the next level, and make a long-lasting impact for their audiences.” – Lenka Lutonska MABNLP, TLTA, MABH – Managing Director & Principal Coach
“Penny is confident, enthusiastic, optimistic and full of interesting life experiences who gave us great insight in looking at self-actualisation and career progression within our diverse group at Aristocrat. We would definitely recommend and need another reason to bring her back!” – Dipexa Patel Human Resources Manager – EMEA, Aristocrat Technologies Europe Ltd
“What I love about Penny Power is that she draws you in from the very beginning. Her honesty and vulnerability engages everyone immediately. You feel ‘she is like me’. Experience always delivers pearls of wisdom that are priceless. Penny’s journey as a working mum, entrepreneur and pioneer in the digital community space with Ecademy and now as a new breed if business owner is inspirational. Her expertise on how to be a successful business person is really welcome. I’d like to think she is in ‘my tribe”. – Anita Brightly-Hodges, Family Business Place
“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 – NTU
“Hi Penny – I tried, but failed to get to you through the throngs of adoring women around you at the breaks, you were truly wonderful so no surprise. You’re talk was amazing, your presence even more so.” – Susie
“Hi Penny, absolutely loved your talk yesterday, really resonated and helped me shift so much, thank you so much for sharing your powerful and beautiful message” – Lia
“It was so great to hear about your journey. Thank you for inspiring us to keep packing each other’s parachute!” – Beatrix
“We booked Penny to speak at our Female Speakers Conference this year and could not have wished for a better speaker to open the event. Penny has achieve SO MUCH in her business career and still is on of the most humble human beings I know. Her talk was deep, honest, insightful, inspiring and so much more. If you are looking for a speaker at your next event that really shows POWERFUL authenticity combined with business knowledge: go for Penny! We can’t wait doing more work with her in the future.” – Annik
“Hi Penny, I just wanted to write you a brief mail to say how much I enjoyed your talk at Donnie’s event last Monday. I particularly thought your openness about the ups and downs of life as an entrepreneur and the mental health challenges was exemplary: in my experience, it is extremely rare for anyone to be candid in a big company; and if they do, it tends to be in hushed, euphemistic tones to HR and not to colleagues (who might think them weak/not dependable).” – John Holland
“Thank you Penny – your words really resonated with me – they really made a huge impact at the right time – your journey, tips and advice are particularly helpful – especially the balance between Ego/Spirit points – and the management tools you offer- thank you!!”
“Hi Penny, I didn’t get a chance to talk to you after your talk but thank you for sharing your wisdom today. Your heart is so big and you are in a unique position to bridge the old world and the new with your credibility and understanding.” – Samantha Dunnage
“Penny it was truly a brilliant talk that touched me on so many levels – I found myself holding back tears as some of what you said really struck a chord. Thank you so much for that.” – Lara Rathod
“I heard Penny speak at the Female Speaker’s Conference in London where, for me, she stood out remarkably from the rest. She was not just a speaker, she was a very much a human being speaking. She delivered her message in an engaging and passionate way but most of all she was clearly, obviously and authentically herself. It was a privilege to listen to a talk is so original and so refreshingly genuine.” – Hazel McCallum
“I’ve always admired Penny for her contribution to the business world, and recently I’ve had the honour to hear her deliver a captivating speech on the importance of keeping business personal. And all I can say is – WOW. It is quite remarkable that businesswoman of Penny’s caliber also has a great deal of approachability and humility, two qualities of extraordinary leaders. Penny sets a bar for all entrepreneurs and speakers alike. What a Power Woman!” – Lenka Lutonska
“This was my first time seeing Penny speak at the Female Speaker Conference and my overwhelming thoughts were around how bloody wonderful it is to hear a story about a woman in business who has achieved so much and who is NICE! She spoke a lot about the importance of connection in business and that business is personal. This proved to me what I already hoped was true about success in business. I wrote in big letters across my page ‘The most enriching thing you can do is be yourself.’ Something I have always tried to live by and a great reminder. Thank you Penny.” – Helen Reynolds
“Thank you Penny Power OBE for your huge contribution this evening. So many of the Alumni apprentices genuinely touched by your message and heartfelt sharing of how they can engage positively with their world.” – Ben Pike
“I think Penny Power OBE inspired the whole world and each one of us in ways that are beyond our immediate perception. Takes time for the world to understand a true visionary…” – Marina Nani
“We booked Penny for our Encouraging Women into Franchising annual award ceremony as we were looking for a key note speaker to deliver an amazing presentation to our audience, and Penny did not disappoint. Penny really wow’ed the audience with her story and the feedback we’ve had has been brilliant (in person and on social media – examples attached). She had the whole room captivated. Her warm personally really shone through and her story about how she’s overcome so much adversity in her life was truly inspiring. Her ‘real’ approach to business really resonated and she gave lots of useful tips that our audience could implement in their business and personal lives. In the lead up to the awards, we had a call with Penny to go through our requirements, which she totally understood. She had already done some research on our organisation and completely set my mind at ease that she understand us, our audience and the theme/feel we were going for. She has also been great on social media, promoting the awards prior to the event and also interacting with our audience during and after the event. I would 100% recommend Penny.” – Helen, EWIF
“Thank you again for arranging for Penny Power to speak at our event today. She was fantastic, and many of the attendees made a point of telling me how much they were inspired by her knowledge and honesty. As I don’t have her contact details, I would be extremely grateful if you could pass on my thanks for an incredible job at such short notice. I also sincerely hope that we work together again soon. Considering I found you guys via a Google search in something of a last minute panic, your support and knowledge was hugely appreciated. Thank you!” – Paul, The IPM
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