I offer my Respect to the Traditional Custodians of the Countries on which we work and live, Elders past and present, and all the current Custodians of the earth - working to make a better world.

Penny Elsley

I have two primary loves – being mother to my beautiful young son as well as being a passionate community leader committed to systemic and transformative change through addressing what is going on beneath the iceberg, predominantly disconnection.

What I know is that we are at our best when we are connected to self, community and the earth.

I am the originator of the joiningthedots movement from which emerged The Welcome Dinner Project.



Coaching & Retreats

Are you ready to journey deeper into your personal and professional vision? Using a strengths-based approach I can support you in refining your purpose and identifying your principles and the practices that see them really come alive. Read more…

Facilitation & Hosting

Are you seeking a dynamic yet warm and intuitive facilitator? I specialise in World Cafe-style meetings, community engagement, un-conferences & retreats. Read more…

Co-Design for Social Good

Are you looking to reinvigorate a program or co-create something new together with your team? I lead creative and integrative co-design processes for small to large scale projects, programs, meetings, events, retreats & immersions. Read more…

Public Speaking & Workshops

I am available for inspirational & informative guest speaking or workshops on a range of topics. Read more…

Welcome All!

I’m excited to launch into a new phase of sharing my skills and knowledge with others to bring about change in organisations and journey alongside people to bring out their best.

My life calling is to ‘join the dots’. Through a range of offerings you can tap into my passion for real-life experiences and eye for identifying the missing links.

I give priority to opportunities to work in collaboration with others on projects, events and programs, since these urgent times call for a walking together like never before.


“Penny has a strong vision for creating lasting social change through small to large projects such as the Welcome Dinner Project. She connects people with people and creates communities from the ground up. We have worked with Penny on a number of occasions and are looking for new ventures to collaborate on so we can utilise the abundance of talent and insight she has to offer.”
Alison Brook, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia.

Let’s work together

I work in creative and dynamic ways that bring out the best in everyone, whether it be individuals, teams or communities.

My comprehensive experience across the globe, working both at the grass-roots and systemic levels, means I am uniquely positioned to facilitate effectively in cross-sectoral and inter-cultural settings.


The transformative power of a single word: welcome! At a time when more people are experiencing loneliness and isolation, there is a way to access this transformative power for ourselves and our communities.

TEDxCanberra photos courtesy of Maria Koulouris

Contact Us

If you are interested in working together or would like further information, please fill in the form below and I will be in touch.