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Engineering Powerful People

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To transform is to transmute pain to power.

Yemi Penn is a global thought leader on empowerment and resilience.

An Engineer by profession, Yemi is a champion and tireless advocate for equality and equity in STEM fields. As an Entrepreneur and Mindset Coach, she is an advocate for self-empowerment and resilience as tools to get organisations back on track with wellness and productivity.

Yemi is a force to be reckoned with and has inspired audiences across Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, where she recently delivered her first TED talk at TEDxOcala in Florida.

Current Work:

Yemi is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on the topic of Wellness and she recently facilitated the Lucy mentor program for University Technology Sydney. Yemi focuses on traditional and more modern neuro linguistic methods of transformation to achieve goals. She is an investor for the Women's Business School, Australia, and is a supporter of the 2020 Ausmumpreneur Awards.

Yemi has worked with companies across the Engineering sector on large projects such as Crossrail, High Speed Two and Sydney Metro in various roles; underpinning her work with clarity and inclusion.

Previous Experience:

Speaker: Yemi has spoken at ANSTO, Australia for International Women’s Day 2020, focusing on resilience and the need for change in STEM.

She also represented Australia at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, forming part of the Female Founders Mission group and spoke at the Women’s Economic Forum in London.

Media: As a serial entrepreneur Yemi has been featured in a number of worldwide media outlets sharing her story and tips for people to change theirs. This includes,, Refinery29, MI Woman, The Sun UK, Pleasures magazine UK and more.

Talking Points

Leadership and Diversity in STEM

Science, Technology and Engineering undoubtedly play a big role in the future of planet earth and human evolution. To repeat the atrocities of centuries past by not including diverse reasoning would mean we go back in history. Yemi Penn explains the importance and critical nature of building not just diverse teams and leaders in STEM but how to keep them.

Who this is for: - Senior leaders, executive, HR and board member

3 Key Takeaways:
- Understanding why diversity is needed in STEM
- How retention of diversity improves welfare and bottom line
- Artificial intelligence (AI) vs Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Shame and Trauma Resilience

Our resilience blueprint is individual to us, meaning our specific distressing events is what creates resiliency in us and the approach we take to get through it is what builds our blueprint. Yemi Penn is the leading thought leader on Trauma in Australia, she leads individuals and organisations through their pain points using her bespoke ‘pain to power’ mapping tool to empower people through their transformation.

Who this is for: - All levels within an organisation, managers and leaders, in particular, working under intense pressure.

3 Key Takeaways:
- Shame is linked to trauma and one of the most useless emotions
- Resilient Blueprint - ‘Pain to Power’ mapping
- Event + Response = Outcome
- Less sick days = more revenue

How to be an Ally :To build a Just, Equal, Diverse & Inclusive (J.E.D.I) world.

We live in an ‘isms’ era and so to do our part in creating a Just, Equal, Diverse and Inclusive world, Yemi shares the art of Liminal thinking, which puts you at the threshold of understanding something society has ‘other’d’ and what it looks like to be a conscious rather than surface ally

Who this is for: - Executives, Senior Leaders, Charity and Not-for-Profit organisations, Media organisation

3 Key Takeaways:
- The Alibaba secret to thriving and becoming a billion-dollar company on allyship
- Deconstructing belief systems
- How to be anti-racist

Yemi facilitated an extremely complex and challenging symposium over 2 days of multiple sessions with several stakeholders to help us achieve concrete outcomes and action plans that we wanted. It was an immense task and Yemi was beyond excellent in keeping people engaged, active and in good humour to work collaboratively and effectively. University of Technology Sydney
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