Entrepreneur and Community Builder
Penny is an Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Author and Community Builder. She is the mother of 3 adult children and has been married to Thomas Power for 31 years.
Penny passionately believes in ‘community-led business growth’ and her belief, in business, has always been highly personal. Her latest book “Business is Personal” helps thousands of business owners to find their success and happiness in business.
Business Loneliness is a mental challenge that impacts the financial results for many, Penny focuses on this aspect of mental support through building and serving business communities.
Penny was awarded her OBE by the Queen in 2014 for her ‘contribution to entrepreneurs in the Digital Economy’, citing the work she and her husband, Thomas, achieved to bring community to business owners in 1998, before LinkedIn and Facebook (who followed 4 and 6 years later). ‘Ecademy’ grew across 52 Countries with 650,000 members. Working with business owners and their dedication to community values has been their life ever since.
In 2020 Penny and Thomas launched an exclusive business community for ‘Experts’. Business owners that have decided to focus their lives on a skill that will have impact on others. The community, called BIP100, reflects their beliefs in ‘small intimate groups’, ensuring intimacy, privacy, trust and support for business owners, where they can grow and support each other with strong values of kindness. The BIP100 Group will never have more than 100 members to maintain the intimacy within the community.
Penny also speaks on ‘Community Led Business Growth’, “Self-empowerment not gender” and ‘Being an entrepreneur - overcoming adversity’.
Penny and her husband also run a Community Accelerator to teach others how to build a community as a central revenue and customer retention strategy.