Dr. Laura Penn

Founder of The Leadership Speaking School

  • Leadership Communication and Speaking Arts Expert
  • Former Conservation Biologist Specializing in the Communication of Sustainability
  • Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
  • Author at UN Today, the Official Magazine for the United Nations
  • Four-time TEDx Speaker with Two Talks on TED.com, Home of the World’s Best Talks
  • International Authority on Effective Communication in Sustainability and Conservation
  • Published Author and Podcast Host

Discover Dr. Laura Penn’s biography of published work below.

Laura Penn Book
The Public Speaking Toolbox: Your essential guide to help you to survive and thrive in front of audiences

Dr Laura Penn is a former conservation biologist, turned expert in the speaking arts and leadership communication. As the Founder of The Leadership Speaking School, based in the headquarters of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Switzerland, she specialises in training global leaders and teams from the world’s most well-known companies and organisations how to communicate with impact, authenticity and human connection. Her clients include the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, International Olympic Committee, United Nations, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, IMD Business School, eBay, Nespresso, Salesforce, Logitech, IUCN and many more.

Over the past decade, Dr Penn has become a sought-after keynote speaker, inspiring leaders and teams from diverse industries to elevate how they communicate sustainability. Her bespoke keynotes support them to build trust, captivate their listeners and increase their influence, furthering the mission of sustainability. She uses her mastery of storytelling and speechcraft to inspire her audiences to think differently about how they communicate and she explores tangible solutions which they can put to use straight away. Her most popular talks have titles such as When Communicating Sustainability, Do More of What Makes You Human, Communicating Sustainability in Unsustainable Times, and Essential Communication Skills Every Sustainability Leader of the 21st Century Must Know.

Dr Penn is a pioneer in the field of leadership communication for sustainability and champions a unique and powerful formula for communicating in our times. She is also an award-winning public speaker, author of multiple books, a four-time TEDx speaker, an author at UN Today, the official magazine of the United Nations and the host of the Leadership Speaking Radio podcast.

In February 2024 we sat down virtually with Dr Laura Penn and discussed how to communicate sustainability topics with impact, authenticity and human connection so that the messages “stay in the room”. Watch our Exclusive Interview with Dr Laura Penn.

Official Testimonials

Dr. Laura Penn is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Dr Penn is a brilliant speaker, she is an absolute inspiration. In a recent bespoke talk, Dr Penn had the desired effect I was looking for, which was to wake up people from their day-to-day issues and pessimism in business communication and really start to think of things differently! The genuine warmth, interest and care that Dr Penn takes to create and deliver her work shine through the performance. I really appreciate the time she took to understand our challenges and gave us not only just ‘pie-in-the-sky’ words about how to be authentic communicators, but actual, tangible actions of how we should create and deliver messages to our teams and colleagues…all backed up with awe-inspiring examples of how to personally put them into practice and make things happen! An absolutely fantastic and dynamic keynote speaker.”

Sharon, Global Corporate Communications Manager, Nespresso

“Outstanding energy from start to finish. I was positively awakened by all of the lessons I learned and I am excited to use them all.”

Philip, EMEA Pricing Associate Director, Medical Devices

“This talk represents a new approach to improvement in business communication, but more importantly, it strengthened my sense of purpose and taught me how to have an impact.”

Andrew, Head of Accounts for Europe, Catalyx

“The immense benefits from our unique and highly energizing experience with Dr. Penn are clearly evident! She activated our team in a way that has increased awareness and attention to “presence” and the need to have an intention about how we “show up” for our team members. It also helped us better connect our minds to our bodies, and understand how we can use our voice and presence to connect more deeply with people. I found it hugely enriching and would recommend Dr. Penn’s expertise far and wide! Thank you so much Dr.Penn.”

Melinda, Head of EMEA Communications & Global Communications Director, Zimmer Biomet

To enquire about Dr. Laura Penn for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@sustainability-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.