Penny Locaso

Voted one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia, Penny Locaso is the world’s first Happiness Hacker, who on a mission to teach 10 million humans, by 2025, how to intentionally adapt in order to future-proof happiness.

Penny created a world’s first pedagogy and measurement tool designed to humanise the future through the amplification of the Intentional Adaptability Quotient™ of individuals and organisations. Penny is a guest lecturer at the esteemed Singularity University at the NASA Research Centre in Silicon Valley. This position has her working alongside some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world.

Partnering with corporations like Google, Singularity University, Microsoft,, SalesForce, Deloitte, KPMG, LuluLemon Athletica and CocaCola, Penny is transforming lives and organisations, by humanising the future.

Three years ago, Penny turned her life upside down. In a 7-month period, she left a 16-year career as an executive, relocated her family from Perth back to Melbourne, left an 18-year relationship, and started BKindred. When Penny couldn’t find a global education company, that could skill her to future-proof her happiness, she went out and created one

Penny advocates fear(less)ness and practices what she teaches. She went viral on LinkedIn and created a global movement after delivering a keynote in her bathing suit, to demonstrate the power of getting comfortable with discomfort.

As an acclaimed TEDx and keynote speaker, Penny has shared the stage with world renowned speakers including Dorie Clark, Gail Kelly, Yossi Ghinsberg, and Bernard Salt. Penny has been published and quoted in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail UK, Thrive Global, SmartCompany, Conscious Magazine, StartUp Smart, Smarter Magazine, The Age, Women’s Agenda, The Sydney Morning Herald and NZ Entrepreneur.

Speaking topics

COVID Life has landed and bought with it an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption in how we work and live.We already had a workforce that was feeling burnt out, overwhelmed and

humanly disconnected and then mother nature stepped in. She provided a forced moment of inflection opening our eyes to how things could be different and leaving many of us questioning “where to from here?”

How we evolve as a species has long depended on our innate ability to adapt. It’s what’s kept us alive! Yet whilst survival has been a worthy pursuit

many of us are seeking more than mere existence. The world as we know it has changed and therefore the way we look at adaptability needs to change too.

All of the evidence suggests that our unconscious adaptation to enable the quickest path to productivity and ultimately success has significantly

impacted our mental health, our happiness and our potential. The biggest opportunity we have at this unprecedented moment in time is to bring intention to the forefront of how we adapt so that we can move

from a mindset of surviving to thriving. But how might we do that and where would you even begin? This is the exact question I asked myself and it’s why I have invested years working with the likes of Microsoft, Deloitte and KPMG to develop a methodology that builds skill in human thriving. Introducing the Intentional Adaptability Quotient…The measure of how skilled you are at making intentional change in an uncertain environment that’s evolving at speed.

All of the keynotes and programs offered are centred around building skill in Intentional Adaptability.

The Busy Shall Inherit The Future The Intentionally Adaptable Will Shape It

This keynote calls bulls**t on the busy epidemic and addresses the barrier it is creating in humanity’s ability to effectively shape the future. Learn why building skill in Intentional Adaptability is critical to thriving in the age of uncertainty and how you can use it to work out what next? Understand why we need to focus on new ways of being, rather than more doing, in order to realise our potential and possibility.

Leave curious to explore further the concept of IAQ (Intentional Adaptability Quotient®) and how you might use it to drive the change you seek in your life and the world around you.

*We are also offer a mini workshop session as an add on to this keynote experience. This working session will focus on supporting your participants in understanding their motivations for creating a less busy, more positively engaged life, and what they can do to get started.

A New Intelligence For The Human Age

COVID Life has landed, workforces are disrupted, physical distancing and self-isolation are the new norm and uncertainty in our lives has reached new heights. Welcome to the reality of being a professional in 2021! Partner this complexity with a workforce that was already feeling burnt out, anxious and humanly disconnected and you have the platform for a perfect storm.

Whilst the immediate priority is focused on rolling out a COVID vaccine, the long-term critical priority needs to focus on amplifying the mental wealth of our people so that those who survive have the ability to thrive. In order for that to occur we need to cultivate a new intelligence, an intelligence that enables humans to cease reacting and start intentionally adapting.

This interactive learning experience will explore:

  • What it means to be human and why it matters more than ever
  • A new intelligence that has been published in the Harvard Business Review and seeks to amplify human potential and possibility in uncertainty
  • A framework for thriving in uncertainty and complexity There has never been a better time to look at the world through a different lens and unlock the true potential of your people and their happiness.

Fear Is Your Future

The current environment has left many of us feeling afraid: afraid of slowing down, afraid of keeping up, afraid of holding on and afraid of letting go. It’s not only overwhelming but exhausting and it’s standing between your people and their potential. Fear is the number one barrier to adapting and making impactful change but it doesn’t have to be.

What if fear was the greatest opportunity you had to work out what next and pave the path to possibility?

Uncertainty and change in this new world are constant and many of us lack the skills to adapt and leverage fear to our advantage. Fear Is Your Future seeks to demonstrate how fear is the greatest lever available to us, in making impactful and meaningful change, in a future of unknowns. PROGRAMS

The Busy = Bulls**t Challenge

A one month online challenge based program that teaches your people how to FOCUS in a world that’s designed to distract them and create the space for more of what matters.

We find ourselves in a busy epidemic and it’s impacting our mental health, our productivity and our ability to thrive.

Busy has become an on trend state of mind and it’s growing exponentially in the professional world. And what does the word busy even mean? My research has exposed that more often than not we use busy as code for something else: anxiety, distraction, short termism, loneliness, selfvalidation and FOMO (fear of missing out). It’s time to call bulls**t on busy, expose the busy codes and bring intentional focus to the forefront of how we work and live.

Learning Outcomes

  • Cracking your busy code – Learn why you have to subtract before you can add.
  • Disable distraction – Learn how to make the time for more of what matters.
  • Creating the confidence to deliver a guilt-free NO – Learn how to make the space for impactful action.
  • Thinkology – Learn the practice of Focus and embed it as a way of being.

The Courage Challenge

A one month online challenge based program that teaches your people how to use fear and failure to shape what’s next. Imagine the innovation, adaptability and wellbeing that could be unlocked in your business if fear did not hold your people back. Fear is often the number one barrier preventing your people from stepping into impactful and meaningful change, at work and in life. Many temper themselves and their brilliant ideas due to fear of failure, financial instability or the judgement of others.

This eye opening, tactics-based program identifies what’s holding your people back and teaches them how to use fear to positively influence behavioural and organisational change, build confidence and skill in resilience and adaptability.

The Courage Challenge is a powerful way to evolve the culture of your organisation by making fear a positive emotion that is shared, problem-solved collectively, and celebrated driving more innovative thinking, improved change capability and agility.

Learning Outcomes

  • Fear through a different lens – Learn how to define fear on your own terms and embrace it as a lever for change.
  • The practice of getting comfortable with discomfort – Learn to experiment with fear in a way that ignites self-belief and the motivation to act more courageously, more often.
  • Permission to fail – Let go of the inner perfectionist and embrace the potential and possibility of the Imperfect Experimenter. Fear(less) You – Learn a simple process that will enable you to navigate whatever fear comes your way.

The Curiosity Challenge

A one month online challenge based program that teaches your people how to open the door to a world of possibility by unlocking their most curious self.

Many of us have been left wondering what next off the back of the global pandemic. The only way to find out is by amplifying our skill in curiosity. According to the Harvard Business Review, cultivating curiosity is a critical skill future to adapt and thrive. Their research has shown that enhanced curiosity drives:

  • • More effective decision making
  • • More creative solutions to challenging problems
  • • Greater connection amongst teams

Yet only 24% of employees report feeling curious in their jobs and about 70% said they face barriers to asking more questions at work. The Curiosity Challenge teaches curiosity as a state of being, not something you do in your spare time of which so many professionals tell us they have none. We teach people how to have more curious conversations, ask my curious questions and explore more curious resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Embrace the unknown – Learn why certainty and curiosity don’t work together and what you can do about it.
  • Knowledge Vs Novelty Curiosity – Learn how to invest wisely in your curiosity.
  • To be not to do – Learn the practice of curious being.
Penny Locaso speaker

Speaker Video

Back to Top