Penny is an environmental scientist-turned-entrepreneur and author. She’s worked as a climate scientist, an invasive species biologist, and a wilderness park ranger. Motivated by a deep passion to raise a generation of environmental leaders, in 2010 Penny founded Green Kid Crafts, a children’s media company that provides kids around the world with convenient and eco-friendly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities. Today, it’s become a leader in the subscription industry, with over 1 million packages shipped worldwide that have exposed a generation to think about and take a leadership role in sustainability. A member of the Forbes Business Council, she’s also a regular columnist for Entrepreneur, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, and Authority Magazine writing about tech, STEM education, and the environment. She’s a seasoned leader, an inspiring speaker, an encouraging business mentor, and a creative writer.
EXPERIENCE & AFFILIATIONS
Penny is a member of the Forbes Business Council, American Sustainable Business Council, the Female Entrepreneurs Association, the American Business Women’s Association, and the National Association for Female Executives. She has been covered in Green Entrepreneur, The New York Times, Green America, and Entrepreneur. She is a startup mentor at Founder Institute and WEtech Alliance, the winner of Entrepreneur’s “Build it Like a Woman” Inspiring Woman in Business Award and a recipient of the Female Founder Fellowship at the Founder’s Institute. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Management and an M.S. in Environmental Science.
Speaking engagements include: Sustainatopia Conference Series, Subscription Summit, The Subscription Trade Association, San Diego Startup Week, broadcast interviews on MSNBC and KTLA (LA), and featured guest on the University of Alaska’s Launchpad podcast. Featured speaker at Alaska Pacific University.
TOPICS OF EXPERTISE
- Women in business
- Green Business
- Subscription economy
- Successful startups
- Corporate responsibility
- STEM and STEAM education
- Youth environmental leadership
- Values-driven company
- Wellness and work-life balance
- Overcoming challenges