Elaine Penn, M.Ed, Full Biography


Elaine Penn is an executive and life coach, motivational speaker, retreat/workshop leader, singer-songwriter and event planner who inspires audiences worldwide. Working as a trusted adviser for business executives, entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and individuals, 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 professional success AND personal growth. She offers world-class coaching programs, keynotes addresses, courses, retreats, and national and regional conferences to transform your life and work. Her programs include topics, such as: Knowing Your Mission; Strategic Visioning and Planning; Building an Engaged, Happy and Successful Workplace; Wellness/Stress Management; Leadership; Engagement; Team Building; Developing a Coaching Culture; and, Living an Unlimited Life. She provides “in person” and virtual programs for business professionals, entrepreneurs, university administrators, staff, faculty and students; and, non profit organizations.

Elaine is also a singer-songwriter and has co-created 3 CD’s of original music that inspire you to achieve your dreams and overcome perceived limitations. Growing up in her family band, she has been performing professionally most of her life. Today, Elaine performs her original music (pop/folk,) as well as sings jazz with several bands. She weaves her music through her keynote talks, workshops, retreats, courses and programs. Her music has won several awards with emPower Music & Arts.

For the last several years, Elaine has been a high-level consultant for the largest exterior remodeling company in the United States. In this position, she has served in numerous roles including:

  • Being an Executive Coach for the owner and CEO, President and Vice President;
  • Leading Strategic Visioning sessions with the Board of Directors and Executive Team;
  • Serving as the Executive Producer for 2 National Conventions with multi-million dollar budgets, that included responsibilities such as: conceptualizing the overall conference, developing the creative concepts, writing main stage speeches for executives, producing video segments and other assets, determining the learning sessions, securing national speakers and entertainment, writing original productions, directing rehearsals, and working closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Team, as well as a national production company;
  • Co-Producing a Virtual National Conference;
  • Developing and leading “Engagement, Leadership and Wellness” Programs for their staff;
  • Implementing and building a coaching culture throughout the company;
  • Developing and facilitating Owner’s Forums;
  • Planning and facilitating Advisory Council meetings;
  • Leading Board of Directors, Marketing Department and Staff Retreats;
  • Writing the Executive Team’s speeches for various events;
  • Helping to brand the company and tell their story;
  • Developing motivational videos for the entire system;
  • Facilitating mastermind sessions for the Franchise Owners;
  • Leading inspirational staff meetings;
  • Co-leading the effort to create a state approved model for an Apprenticeship Program for military veterans and students.

Elaine has also developed and facilitated city-wide leadership programs for Chamber of Commerces throughout the United States. In these programs, leaders from corporate, education, government, non-profit and small business sectors come together over the course of a year to develop, refine and expand their leadership skills.

Elaine is an avid believer in caring for the mind, body, spirit. She teaches visioning, meditation, affirmations, healthy eating and sound therapy for enhancing your wellbeing AND success. She has been on a personal development quest for 30 years, studying positive psychology, spirituality and human potential. As such, she offers workshops and courses on wellness for your mental, physical and spiritual health.

A former executive in higher-education, Elaine has held several University, leadership positions, including: Director of Special Projects (Office of the Chancellor), Development Director (University Advancement), Chief Fundraiser and Executive Producer of 5 award winning television documentary projects about the environment (Office of the Chancellor), Director of Campus Recreation (Division of Student Affairs), and Division I Volleyball Coach (University Athletics).. She has been a speaker with Campuspeak, a national collegiate speaking bureau since 2001.

Elaine received her bachelor’s degree from Greensboro College and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While at Greensboro, she received numerous athletic honors, including All-American in Basketball and All-Conference in Volleyball. In recognition of her achievements in basketball, her jersey was retired. She was inducted into the Greensboro College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Elaine has learned many powerful lessons through her professional journey. For one, gratitude is the game changer in life, because what we focus on expands. We are surrounded by infinite possibilities, but we have to shift our consciousness to see them. When we do, we can achieve extraordinary abundance, happiness and health!

Elaine’s clients have included Major Corporations, Businesses, Government Agencies, Non-profit Organizations, Universities and Colleges, The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA),  The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NAQWA), University Athletic Conferences, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA), University Student Affairs Departments, University Advancement Departments, University Human Resources Departments, National and State-wide Parks and Recreation Conferences, and Women Administrators in Parks and Recreation (LeadHerShip). She has worked with: CEO’s, Company Presidents, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, University Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, City Managers, Government Leaders, (including the head of the GSA and Chief Probation Officer for the Federal Government), Entrepreneurs, Consultants and Coaches, University Athletic Directors, University Student Affairs Directors, Parks and Recreation Directors, Spiritual Leaders, University and College Students, and Individuals interested in personal, professional and spiritual transformation.

Some of Elaine’s specific clients and partners have included: Abbotswood at Irving Park, American Hebrew Academy, American University, Amherst College, Appalachian State University, Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Auburn University, Augsburg College, Baldwin Wallace University, Bank of America, Baylor University, BB&T, Bridgewater State University, California State University, Capital University, Cirque Productions, Carolina Urology Partners, Centre for Spiritual Living Edmonton, Canada, Christopher Newport University, City of Durham, NC, City of Greensboro, NC, City of High Point, NC, City of Raleigh, NC, City of Rocky Mount, NC, City of Wilmington, NC, Clemson University, College of New Jersey, College of William & Mary, Copycat Printing, Corning Inc., Creative Collaborations, Day Entertainment & Events, Crystal Coast Unity, NC, DeHart Dance Theater, Duke Energy, Empower Music and Arts, Extraordinary Inc., Fashion Institute of Technology, Fitchburg State University, Furman University, Federal Reserve Bank, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Greensboro College, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, Hanesbrands Inc., Harvard University, Heidelburg University, High Point Parks and Recreation, Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Insideout Development, James Madison University, Middlebury College, Jefferson Pilot, John Carroll University, Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Launch Group, Leadership North Carolina (Business Executives,) Leadership Rockingham County, NC, Leadership Wilmington, NC, Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corporation, Mad Bean, Madison Mayodan Recreation Department, Marietta College, Marriott World Center, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), McKim & Creed, Methodist University, Miami University-Ohio, Modern Toyota, Muskingum University, National Student Leadership Conference, Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Northern University, Otterbein University, Microsoft, Inc., National Conference on Student Leadership, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NAQWA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), New York University, Northwestern University, Modern Toyota, New York Institute-Technology, North Carolina Parks and Recreation Director’s State Conference, North Carolina State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Old Dominion University, O.Henry Hotel, Ohio Athletic Conference, PCS Phosphate, Pennsylvania State University, Pennybyrn, Piedmont Swing Association, Purdue University, Rhodes College, Rockingham County Community College, Rosen Shingle Creek, Roth Consulting Group, RR Donnelley, Rutgers University, Salem College, Salem State University, Smith College, Southern Utah University, Sprint PCS, St. Michael’s University, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Empire State College, The Culinary Institute of America, Traffic Sound Studio, Trinity College, Towson University, United States Probation Office, UNC TV, Unity of Bon Air, VA, Unity Celebration Festival, UK, Unity Center of the Blue Ridge, NC, Unity Centre of South London, UK, Unity of Charleston, SC, Unity of Charlotte, SC, Unity of Columbia, SC, Unity of Greenville, SC, Unity of Fairfax, VA, Unity Fellowship, VA, Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center, FL, Unity Myrtle Beach, SC, Unity of Raleigh, NC, Unity Renaissance of Chesapeake, VA, Unity of Roanoke Valley, VA, Unity of Sarasota, FL., Unity of Wilmington, NC, Unity of Winston Salem, NC, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, University of Texas San Antonio, University of Mount Union, University of North Carolina Asheville, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Indianapolis, University of Mary Washington, University of Missouri St. Louis, University of New Haven, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of St. Thomas, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Platteville, University of Wyoming, USA South Athletic Conference, Villanova University, Virginia Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, Weber State University, Well-Spring Retirement Community, Wesleyan College, Western Athletic Conference (WAC), Western Connecticut State University, Westfield State University, Westfield State University Athletics, Williams College, Wilmington College, Weyerhaeuser Community Foundation, Wittenburg University, Window World Inc. and 200 + Window World Franchises across the country, and Worcester State University.

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