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Testimonials for Penelope Twemlow
Penelope was FANTASTIC! She is one of the best speakers we have had. You could hear a pin drop during her presentation, everyone was so attentive and hung on every word. We had fantastic feedback from all who attended.
Penelope’s presentation was moving and her message was strong. We had people at the event to support participants as her presentation was able to provide a supportive environment for anyone who wanted to talk and process should the discussions trigger any emotions.
Diversity Practitioners Association
Great to hear Penelope present this and hear her remarkable story of grit fuelled by passion and determination.
Penelope is consistently a true professional. She has a unique ability to continuously adapt and brings life, energy and enthusiasm to any event. She is extremely knowledgeable of her subject and has the audience hanging on her every word.
Penelope’s presentation had the audience enthralled – lots of good stories and laughter. She received a standing ovation from the audience and was still in the venue one hour after the venue talking with audience members.
Hills Chamber of Commerce
Fee Range: POA
Penelope Twemlow's Biography
Penelope Twemlow is a true leader of people and operations, she is passionate about and actively supports various agencies working in the equity and diversity, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness arenas. For her work in these areas as well as her success in her CEO roles, Penelope was awarded the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award for Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit.
As a Chief Executive Officer, company founder, Chairwoman, and multiple Board Member, Penelope Twemlow is an in-demand presenter with more than 18 years’ experience in strategic and operational management, project and risk management and governance and compliance.
A multi-degree qualified professional, Penelope has worked with the Australian Defence Force as well as the public and private sectors both nationally and internationally. She is the Founder and Chair of Women in Power, an association focusing on advancing and empowering women in industry and is an avid supporter of education in all forms, ensuring our future workers are as skilled as can be.
Penelope’s communication, safety and management skills have been repeatedly sought out by companies involved in high-risk industries including the construction, mining, oil and gas sectors, for projects around the world.
During her 10.5 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy, Penelope undertook strategic level appointments in project, human resource, risk and emergency management, as well as being a member of the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service.
A wicked sense of humour, exceptional learning agility and the ability to reverse park an 8,500 tonne warship all ensure that Penelope stands out in every crowd.
Speaking Topics Include
Make your mark
Whether you want to get more enjoyment from the path you're on or completely over-haul your life, you'll learn valuable tools to map out a plan, achieve your biggest goals and overcome any challenge. This discussion combines insightful advice with powerful questions to help you dig beneath your deepest fears and enjoy more of what you've longed for — in your work, relationships and life.
Build A Better You: Building resilience and overcoming adversity
Resilience is that amazing skill that helps you recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, then when life knocks you down, you bounce back and sometimes, stronger than before. So how do you become a resilient person? This discussion combats difficult topics using my life story, including working in male dominated industries, domestic violence, and mental health. I outline how a ‘breakdown can be a break through’, by overcoming adversity and building resilience.
What is leadership and how does one learn it? Can it be learnt or is it part of our DNA? During this discussion, we try to understand what success looks like from a leadership perspective, emotional intelligence and leadership, Drawbridge vs Rapunzel Leaders, leadership styles, essential qualities of an effective leader, how to develop 21st century critical thinkers and what it takes to be a senior executive.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
All people are capable of being an amazing leader, but in order to do so, they must become comfortable with being uncomfortable and to live and lead a life with courage to thrive. This presentation discusses how to find your authentic leadership style, the best ways to counter unconscious bias, conquering Imposter Syndrome and how to build the capacity and confidence to ‘lean in’ and lead well.
Business and government leaders do not need to look far into the future to see the new wave of digital disruption headed towards them. It is already here, transforming the way companies and agencies operate and how they engage with their customers. This presentation discusses technological trends and their impact on society and industry and aims to provide thought leadership on the need for continued innovation and collaboration between industry and organisations in order to survive the rapidly changing global climate.
Finding purpose and passion - What is your why?
A discussion that will touch, move and inspire; it is all about making powerful choices to live a life that you love. This is about putting meaning in your work, discovering your passion, learning about positivity – sticking with it and being persistent… and ultimately fulfilling on your true purpose. Knowing what drives you will give you the platform for a rich and wonderful experience of life.
Skills of the future
Education of any kind is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world; it is a critical investment in ones future. This presentation discusses the importance of education and particular skills needed for the future. It can also focus on the requirements to increase the uptake of STEM at school and post-school, particularly with women.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
How far we’ve come
Stepping into our power
How we can all press for progress
Why diversity matters for social progress & the bottom line
Penelope is an accomplished MC & can help craft your panel event
Designing the life you want
Why science is an exciting journey for girls, teens and women
How a scientific approach can advance every career
Why closing the gender gap is everyone’s business, and good for the future of Australia’s economy
From ideas to actual: How to use creativity and diversity as an innovation driver
How to build effective, connected teams and embed values-led culture in the workplace
The power of active mentorship to build leadership capability, purpose and influence
How to think like an entrepreneur: Bringing Innovation, Design Thinking and Human Centred toolkits to the workplace
Why the education system is broken, and how we fix it with real world, industry-backed learning
How to make a real difference in the educational experiences and learning outcomes of girls