Elaine Penn

Elaine Penn takes participants on a journey that positively changes their perspectives and how they think, feel, and act. With a background as a Higher Education Administrator, College Coach, and Athlete, Elaine’s programs on leadership, diversity/inclusion, stress management, and living your mission are great for all types of college audiences.

Topics

▪Leadership ▪Stress Management ▪Health & Wellness
▪Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion ▪Athletics
▪First Year Experience ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life
▪Motivation & Inspiration ▪Officer Training ▪Organizational Development ▪Community Building

Keynotes

▪Live Your Mission and Change the World

Student Focused Programs   Faculty/Staff Programs

Elaine’s Bio

Elaine Penn, M.Ed. is a motivational speaker, executive coach, retreat/workshop leader, singer-songwriter, and Conference Producer who inspires audiences worldwide. Working as a trusted adviser for university leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations, Elaine helps people unlock their potential to be their best selves. She has been a featured speaker on thousands of university and college campuses throughout the United States.

Elaine’s focus is on success AND personal growth. She offers world-class keynote addresses, coaching programs, courses, retreats, and music to transform your life and work. Her programs include topics, such as: Knowing Your Mission, Leadership, Diversity/Inclusion, Wellness/Stress Management, Living an Unlimited Life, Engagement, Team building, Strategic Visioning, and Developing a Coaching Culture. She provides “in person” and virtual programs for university administrators, staff, faculty and students; and, business professionals.

 Read more about Elaine here.

 

Elaine’s Blogs

The following are past entries Elaine has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

Leadership

Elaine Penn was exactly what we were looking for…fun, engaging, insightful and able to connect with our students. She had 2500 incoming freshmen and transfers laughing, singing, and thinking critically about what their college experience could be.

Aaron Bachenheimer

Assistant Director of Organizational Leadership, Appalachian State University

Energetic, informative and animated were adjective frequently used to describe Elaine’s presentation. One student stated ‘I felt empowered and excited to start leading a more healthy lifestyle’. Thanks Elaine you did a fantastic job.

Thomas Hagan

Assistant Dean for First Year Programs, Elizabethtown College

See What People Have to Say!

Elaine went above and beyond our expectations as a speaker on leadership and diversity. She captured everyone’s full attention with her relevant and interactive presentation. Her enthusiasm was contagious and left everyone feeling intrigued, wanting to learn more. We definitely would welcome her back; she was inspiring!

John Hill – Shenanhoah University

Keynotes

Live Your Mission and Change the World

What does it take to lead in this new world? How do students navigate today’s unprecedented challenges, and still make their mark and influence others? It all starts with leading yourself.

In this inspiring student leadership keynote, Elaine Penn teaches you about the power of having a personal mission and sharing this mission with the world. As TED speaker Amy Purdy said, “if your life was a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?” It’s up to you to write it and live it.

This empowering program is full of motivational stories and real-life strategies for how to make an impact AND lead others. It is for those students who want to leave a powerful legacy on their campus and the planet! You will explore the importance of knowing yourself by asking questions like: “What do you want to experience? How do you want to grow? How can you contribute to the world? You will come to understand the importance of collaboration and inspiring people to work together. Finally, you will be empowered to dream big, believe in yourself, and know when you live your mission, you can change the world.

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Understand the importance of having a personal mission and sharing it with others;
  • Examine how they want their story to unfold;
  • Explore who they are as individuals, and how they want to contribute to the world;
  • Look at ways to promote collaboration and teamwork, and inspire others;
  • Learn how to dream big;
  • Eliminate doubt and have a sense of belief;
  • Understand what it means to live your mission.

Student Focused Programs

Finding exceptional speakers for a college audience can be challenging. Elaine Penn is the perfect answer for your campus needs. She empowers students to think, envision, and dream about the amazing possibilities in life. Combining inspiring stories, engaging discussion, original music, cutting-edge research, and her unique life experiences, Elaine helps students reach for the stars on topics, like: leadership, living your mission, motivation, stress management, and having a successful mindset. Elaine can easily provide “in person” or virtual programs.

Faculty & Staff Programs

Elaine Penn is available to partner with you as an Executive Coach, Consultant, Keynote Speaker, or Lead Facilitator for retreats and workshops for you and your team. She has extensive experience working with Campus Administrators, Staff, and Faculty. Her programs and topics include Customized Staff Retreats, Strategic Visioning and Planning, Leadership and Teambuilding, & Wellness, Stress Management and Self Care. Her formats include 1 – 2 hour sessions, half-day, full-day, and 2-day programs. Below are her most requested programs:

Everyday Joy: Transformational Tools to Overcome Stress

This is a new world and we’ve reached a new normal. Student’s stress level is higher than ever, and mental health issues are on the rise. Students, like all of us, long to feel joyful and stress-free on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience this level of personal peace no matter what’s happening? Some people believe constant stress is a given in the world we live in. But this doesn’t have to be our reality. Overcoming stress and having exceptional well-being is something we all deserve, and it is possible. The “Everyday Joy” program by Elaine Penn teaches students how to raise their personal vibration and energy. It incorporates cutting-edge modalities like sound therapy and EFT (tapping) to help overcome the negative impact of anxiety and stress. In this highly experiential keynote, students will learn the science behind gratitude and positivity, and how these boost your happiness, creativity, and productivity. Students will also explore how visioning, breathwork, meditation, simple movement, and inspiring music can radically lower your stress and enhance your health! Finally, students will experience a “sound bath”, to restore them to a place of peace, calm, and “everyday joy.”

Scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer. – Greater Good Magazine – UK Berkeley

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Cutting edge tools for overcoming stress and enhancing well-being,
  • Life-enhancing strategies for improving state of mind and emotional health;
  • The science behind gratitude and positivity and how what you focus on expands;
  • How sound therapy, EFT, meditation, breathwork, and other stress-reducing techniques can greatly lower anxiety and enhance joy.
From Community College to Realizing Your Dreams

Community college can be a gateway to amazing success! Many people who earn their degrees from community colleges become award-winning authors, famous politicians, thriving business people, medical practitioners, and educators changing the lives of others. Regardless of the path you choose, there are key steps to help you realize your dreams.
Whether you are 18 years old and just “starting out”, or 45 and going back to school to change careers, there is a roadmap that helps community college students become all they can be! In addition to your academic curriculum, there are tools to further your success.
For instance, it is vital to have clear goals, a vision, and stay focused on those goals each day. You must also get involved in areas you are passionate about. You have to empower yourself and believe in what is possible. There are other strategic steps too, like: knowing your purpose and using your unique strengths. Finally, you must give back to the world and be service-minded.
This program is full of proven strategies, inspiring stories, empowering discussion, modern research, and original music. It is perfect for community college students who want to learn, feel motivated and take their talents to the next level. It is for those who want to lead an empowered, successful, and happy life.

One Student, Many Stories

How many times have we walked past someone on the street, only to form an assumption about them? Our assumptions could come from the way they are dressed, how they speak, whose hand they are holding if they are experiencing homelessness, or what religious book they are reading. The truth is, when we buy into an assumption (or single-story) about anyone, we foster stereotypes and fear. Join Elaine as she interweaves stories from her life and the lives of others to examine how stereotypes diminish a person’s dignity, create divisions, and leads to prejudice and intolerance. Elaine also invites students to share their experiences with diversity in areas like race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, LGBTQ+, and gender. Incorporating powerful life lessons and original music, Elaine encourages students to identify and eliminate personal stereotypes, challenge others regarding stereotypical comments, stand up to any prejudice, tell positive stories that transcend stereotypes, and share the many stories of their lives that have shaped who they are. When we connect with each other and share our stories, we discover we have more in common than we ever knew. This program is a perfect keynote for any group placing value on building meaningful relationships in their campus community

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how buying into an assumption or (single story) about any individual or group of people creates stereotypes and fear, which diminish a person’s dignity, creates divisions in our relationships, and leads to prejudice,
  • how to develop an appreciation and sensitivity for the diversity of all people,
  • how to build a greater awareness of the diversity issues on campus and in society,
  • how to use a 5-step process to create positive change, and
  • how to connect with others by sharing personal stories and finding common ground.
Unlimited Life: The Journey to Your Greatest Potential

Most students come to college with the goal of creating a successful future. We teach them that this requires personal responsibility, focus, and hard work. While this is true, there are other keys to achieving their dreams.

In “Unlimited Life: The Journey to Your Greatest Potential,” students will explore ways to live a successful and powerful life; AND, make an impact on the world. But to do this, they must expand the way they think and feel.

In this transformational keynote, students will embark on a journey where they believe that anything is possible, tap into the power of their dreams, and use their gifts to make the world a better place. It ultimately helps you get the most out of life.

They will learn how to set powerful intentions; break through limiting thoughts and words, and move past fears. Even more, they will be reminded how commitment and perseverance always help them reach their greatest potential.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Set powerful intentions to create their destiny;
  • Gain clarity around their dreams and how to create an action plan to support them;
  • Choose thoughts and words that align them with what is possible;
  • Overcome negative internal dialogue;
  • Learn how commitment and perseverance are vital to being successful in college and life;
  • Learn tools to overcome fear;
  • Use their gifts to serve humanity
Building an Engaged, Happy, and Successful Workplace

This “morale-boosting” program can occur on a single day or a series of days. Your team will be guided to connect more deeply; find their common mission; and, show authentic appreciation for one another through value based conversations. You will learn tools for building an engaged, positive and happy work culture, which leads to greater productivity, innovation, teamwork and success!

Incorporating Gallup Poll research and Positive Psychology techniques, you will learn that when people are engaged, make meaningful connections, and feel authentically appreciated, they perform at a much higher level. Happiness is the real catalyst for success.

You will also explore how to utilize your individual and collective strengths, which are keystones for helping individuals and organizations thrive. Overall, this program helps you enhance performance, increase happiness and improve engagement within your team, department, and campus.

Positive Psychology shows that the brain functions 31% better in a positive state than in negative, neutral or stressed, which leads to greater productivity, creativity, performance and profitability.

Premier Leadership

Today’s leaders must rise up and overcome the obstacles in this new world. There is no going back to the way things were. It’s no longer business as usual. The world has changed and so has leadership. Leaders at all levels must evolve and expand their strategies, actions AND paradigms to have the greatest impact possible.

In Elaine Penn’s “Premier Leadership” Program, you will follow a roadmap for leading in this new era. This immersive experience helps you review your leadership role, eliminate what no longer works, and enhance what does. You will also create a “moonshot vision” that transforms you, your campus and the world..

Mostly, this inspirational program is for those who want to leave a powerful leadership legacy in the world today. You will gain clarity around your personal mission and how to use it to inspire the hearts and minds of professionals and students. You will explore tools for: powerful communication, team building, and, creating a coaching culture on your campus. Ultimately, you will expand your mindset, so you can live your mission and make an impact in this new world at the greatest level.

“People get out of bed for a mission, not a job.”

*Elaine also offers a LEADERSHIP SERIES which is 5 full days of leadership development, covering topics like: Engagement; Your Leadership Legacy; Creating a Coaching Culture; Use Your Strengths and Soar and Living Your Mission

Strategic Visioning for the Here and Now

Some strategic visioning programs take months to achieve results. But there is a different path to accomplishing extraordinary breakthroughs that can happen in one day!

“Strategic Visioning for the Here and Now” is a transformative retreat/workshop for university administrators, staff members and teams who want to think out of the box in a structured, yet creative way, and find powerful solutions together. Your team will first experience a discovery session (before the retreat) where you identify what is working well, where you are getting stuck, and what you would like to see happen differently.

Then, at the retreat/workshop itself, you will be immersed in a group coaching model (GROW) to identify your top goals and priorities, overcome obstacles, and determine real action steps that lead to success.

But there is more!

This is also an inspirational day, so you will experience individual and small group activities to expand your mindset, strengthen your relationships, and grow personally. It is a retreat filled with creative brainstorming and connection opportunities that help you succeed in the here and now!

Staff Wellness Program
ULTIMATE SELF CARE FOR CAMPUS PROFESSIONALS

Campus professionals have numerous responsibilities and constantly serve the needs of others. Stressors are everywhere, which is more true “now” than ever. Many people believe stress is an inevitable side effect of what we are facing as a society, as well as to achieving our goals. But this should not be the case. Living a peaceful life is not negotiable.
It is therefore vital that self-care become a part of a campus professional’s routine. It is possible to greatly lower stress and feel resilient to anything you face in the world. It is also possible to experience wellbeing at the highest level. You CAN have a healthy and happy life.
In this rejuvenating, self-care program, you will discover a sense of restoration and balance as Elaine Penn shares cutting-edge research and techniques to help you become immune to the effects of anxiety and stress. By following this roadmap, you’ll be better equipped to handle overwhelm and exhaustion, and experience an enhanced well-being. As you step out of your daily routine, you will be showered with inspiring music, and focus on gratitude and positivity to increase your energy and lower stress. You will be guided through a “meditation” to shift you into a state of deep relaxation. Through breathing, visualizations, EFT, sound therapy, movement, and music, Elaine will empower you to let go of what no longer serves you and realize the present moment is the most important. Ultimately, you will re-connect with a greater sense of aliveness and happiness.
This is the ultimate self-care program for university and college professionals! (In addition to her other credentials, Elaine Penn is a Certified Sound Therapist.)

In a recent study, two/thirds of employees said they were feeling exhausted and stressed.
Gallup Poll

Student Focused Programs

Everyday Joy: Transformational Tools to Overcome Stress

This is a new world and we’ve reached a new normal. Student’s stress level is higher than ever, and mental health issues are on the rise. Students, like all of us, long to feel joyful and stress-free on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience this level of personal peace no matter what’s happening? Some people believe constant stress is a given in the world we live in. But this doesn’t have to be our reality. Overcoming stress and having exceptional well-being is something we all deserve, and it is possible. The “Everyday Joy” program by Elaine Penn teaches students how to raise their personal vibration and energy. It incorporates cutting-edge modalities like sound therapy and EFT (tapping) to help overcome the negative impact of anxiety and stress. In this highly experiential keynote, students will learn the science behind gratitude and positivity, and how these boost your happiness, creativity, and productivity. Students will also explore how visioning, breathwork, meditation, simple movement, and inspiring music can radically lower your stress and enhance your health! Finally, students will experience a “sound bath”, to restore them to a place of peace, calm, and “everyday joy.”

Scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer. – Greater Good Magazine – UK Berkeley

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Cutting edge tools for overcoming stress and enhancing well-being,
  • Life-enhancing strategies for improving state of mind and emotional health;
  • The science behind gratitude and positivity and how what you focus on expands;
  • How sound therapy, EFT, meditation, breathwork, and other stress-reducing techniques can greatly lower anxiety and enhance joy.
From Community College to Realizing Your Dreams

Community college can be a gateway to amazing success! Many people who earn their degrees from community colleges become award-winning authors, famous politicians, thriving business people, medical practitioners, and educators changing the lives of others. Regardless of the path you choose, there are key steps to help you realize your dreams.
Whether you are 18 years old and just “starting out”, or 45 and going back to school to change careers, there is a roadmap that helps community college students become all they can be! In addition to your academic curriculum, there are tools to further your success.
For instance, it is vital to have clear goals, a vision, and stay focused on those goals each day. You must also get involved in areas you are passionate about. You have to empower yourself and believe in what is possible. There are other strategic steps too, like: knowing your purpose and using your unique strengths. Finally, you must give back to the world and be service-minded.
This program is full of proven strategies, inspiring stories, empowering discussion, modern research, and original music. It is perfect for community college students who want to learn, feel motivated and take their talents to the next level. It is for those who want to lead an empowered, successful, and happy life.

Unlimited Life: The Journey to Your Greatest Potential

Most students come to college with the goal of creating a successful future. We teach them that this requires personal responsibility, focus, and hard work. While this is true, there are other keys to achieving their dreams.

In “Unlimited Life: The Journey to Your Greatest Potential,” students will explore ways to live a successful and powerful life; AND, make an impact on the world. But to do this, they must expand the way they think and feel.

In this transformational keynote, students will embark on a journey where they believe that anything is possible, tap into the power of their dreams, and use their gifts to make the world a better place. It ultimately helps you get the most out of life.

They will learn how to set powerful intentions; break through limiting thoughts and words, and move past fears. Even more, they will be reminded how commitment and perseverance always help them reach their greatest potential.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Set powerful intentions to create their destiny;
  • Gain clarity around their dreams and how to create an action plan to support them;
  • Choose thoughts and words that align them with what is possible;
  • Overcome negative internal dialogue;
  • Learn how commitment and perseverance are vital to being successful in college and life;
  • Learn tools to overcome fear;
  • Use their gifts to serve humanity
One Student, Many Stories

How many times have we walked past someone on the street, only to form an assumption about them? Our assumptions could come from the way they are dressed, how they speak, whose hand they are holding if they are experiencing homelessness, or what religious book they are reading. The truth is, when we buy into an assumption (or single-story) about anyone, we foster stereotypes and fear. Join Elaine as she interweaves stories from her life and the lives of others to examine how stereotypes diminish a person’s dignity, create divisions, and leads to prejudice and intolerance. Elaine also invites students to share their experiences with diversity in areas like race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, LGBTQ+, and gender. Incorporating powerful life lessons and original music, Elaine encourages students to identify and eliminate personal stereotypes, challenge others regarding stereotypical comments, stand up to any prejudice, tell positive stories that transcend stereotypes, and share the many stories of their lives that have shaped who they are. When we connect with each other and share our stories, we discover we have more in common than we ever knew. This program is a perfect keynote for any group placing value on building meaningful relationships in their campus community

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how buying into an assumption or (single story) about any individual or group of people creates stereotypes and fear, which diminish a person’s dignity, creates divisions in our relationships, and leads to prejudice,
  • how to develop an appreciation and sensitivity for the diversity of all people,
  • how to build a greater awareness of the diversity issues on campus and in society,
  • how to use a 5-step process to create positive change, and
  • how to connect with others by sharing personal stories and finding common ground.

Faculty & Staff Programs

Elaine Penn is available to work with you as an Executive Coach, Consultant,
Keynote Speaker, or lead retreats and workshops for you and your team. She has
extensive experience working with Campus Administrators, Staff, and Faculty. Her
programs and topics include: Customized Staff Retreats; Strategic Visioning and
Planning; Leadership; Engagement and Team building; and Wellness, Stress
Management and Self Care. Her formats include 1 – 2 hour sessions, half-day, full-day, and 2-day programs. Below are her most requested programs:
Building an Engaged, Happy, and Successful Workplace

This “morale-boosting” program can occur on a single day or a series of days. Your team will be guided to connect more deeply; find their common mission; and, show authentic appreciation for one another through value based conversations. You will learn tools for building an engaged, positive and happy work culture, which leads to greater productivity, innovation, teamwork and success!

Incorporating Gallup Poll research and Positive Psychology techniques, you will learn that when people are engaged, make meaningful connections, and feel authentically appreciated, they perform at a much higher level. Happiness is the real catalyst for success.

You will also explore how to utilize your individual and collective strengths, which are keystones for helping individuals and organizations thrive. Overall, this program helps you enhance performance, increase happiness and improve engagement within your team, department, and campus.

Positive Psychology shows that the brain functions 31% better in a positive state than in negative, neutral or stressed, which leads to greater productivity, creativity, performance and profitability.

Premier Leadership

Today’s leaders must rise up and overcome the obstacles in this new world. There is no going back to the way things were. It’s no longer business as usual. The world has changed and so has leadership. Leaders at all levels must evolve and expand their strategies, actions AND paradigms to have the greatest impact possible.

In Elaine Penn’s “Premier Leadership” Program, you will follow a roadmap for leading in this new era. This immersive experience helps you review your leadership role, eliminate what no longer works, and enhance what does. You will also create a “moonshot vision” that transforms you, your campus and the world..

Mostly, this inspirational program is for those who want to leave a powerful leadership legacy in the world today. You will gain clarity around your personal mission and how to use it to inspire the hearts and minds of professionals and students. You will explore tools for: powerful communication, team building, and, creating a coaching culture on your campus. Ultimately, you will expand your mindset, so you can live your mission and make an impact in this new world at the greatest level.

“People get out of bed for a mission, not a job.”

*Elaine also offers a LEADERSHIP SERIES which is 5 full days of leadership development, covering topics like: Engagement; Your Leadership Legacy; Creating a Coaching Culture; Use Your Strengths and Soar and Living Your Mission

Strategic Visioning for the Here and Now

Some strategic visioning programs take months to achieve results. But there is a different path to accomplishing extraordinary breakthroughs that can happen in one day!

“Strategic Visioning for the Here and Now” is a transformative retreat/workshop for university administrators, staff members and teams who want to think out of the box in a structured, yet creative way, and find powerful solutions together. Your team will first experience a discovery session (before the retreat) where you identify what is working well, where you are getting stuck, and what you would like to see happen differently.

Then, at the retreat/workshop itself, you will be immersed in a group coaching model (GROW) to identify your top goals and priorities, overcome obstacles, and determine real action steps that lead to success.

But there is more!

This is also an inspirational day, so you will experience individual and small group activities to expand your mindset, strengthen your relationships, and grow personally. It is a retreat filled with creative brainstorming and connection opportunities that help you succeed in the here and now!

Staff Wellness Program
ULTIMATE SELF CARE FOR CAMPUS PROFESSIONALS

Campus professionals have numerous responsibilities and constantly serve the needs of others. Stressors are everywhere, which is more true “now” than ever. Many people believe stress is an inevitable side effect of what we are facing as a society, as well as to achieving our goals. But this should not be the case. Living a peaceful life is not negotiable.
It is therefore vital that self-care become a part of a campus professional’s routine. It is possible to greatly lower stress and feel resilient to anything you face in the world. It is also possible to experience wellbeing at the highest level. You CAN have a healthy and happy life.
In this rejuvenating, self-care program, you will discover a sense of restoration and balance as Elaine Penn shares cutting-edge research and techniques to help you become immune to the effects of anxiety and stress. By following this roadmap, you’ll be better equipped to handle overwhelm and exhaustion, and experience an enhanced well-being. As you step out of your daily routine, you will be showered with inspiring music, and focus on gratitude and positivity to increase your energy and lower stress. You will be guided through a “meditation” to shift you into a state of deep relaxation. Through breathing, visualizations, EFT, sound therapy, movement, and music, Elaine will empower you to let go of what no longer serves you and realize the present moment is the most important. Ultimately, you will re-connect with a greater sense of aliveness and happiness.
This is the ultimate self-care program for university and college professionals! (In addition to her other credentials, Elaine Penn is a Certified Sound Therapist.)

In a recent study, two/thirds of employees said they were feeling exhausted and stressed.
Gallup Poll