Penny Mallory, the first woman in the world to drive a World Rally Car, will be presenting the Blackmore Vale Business Awards.
After troubled beginnings, Penny followed her passion for rally driving and became a champion rally driver, driving everything from Mk2 Escorts and Sienna Cosworths to Escort Cosworths. Within four years of sitting in her first rally car, Penny became the National Ladies Champion Rally Driver in 1993 and went onto become one of the UK’s top rally drivers.
After 12 years of competing, including work as a precision stunt driver, Penny became a television presenter on a number of different driving programs, including Driven, Accident Blackspot, Classic Car Club and the Used Car Roadshow.
Today, Penny is a prolific keynote speaker, performance coach and motivational speaker and draws on her journey from “a total waster” to the National Ladies Champion Rally Driver.
“I tell my own story to the audience,” Penny explains, “I use car and racing analogies and put challenges and scenarios to the audience. It’s very interactive.”
Since becoming a keynote and after dinner speaker, Penny has attended and spoken at thousands of events and continues to find them inspiring.
“These business awards are a brilliant thing for the local community and are a great way for people to pat themselves on the back and congratulate themselves for a job well done. I draw a lot of inspiration from ordinary people who do extraordinary things,” Penny says.
Since moving away from motoring, Penny has gone into business herself after launching a weight loss aid called the Malory Band. Penny launched the product 18 months ago with no budget and no experience, but has surfed through the tough world of business. Her product is now being sold all over the world with consistent success.
“It’s working amazingly for people. It’s a psychological aid and helps people get into the right mind set to lose weight. Going into business myself has given me a different perspective. I now understand how much you have to give and how hard you have to work to achieve,” Penny explains.
An overreaching goal of Penny’s is to prove the correlation between success and psychology engagement.
“Call it consultancy, call it coaching – it’s simply getting people to work with the most powerful tool they have – their mind. That’s what really drives business,” she says.
Penny will be presenting the Blackmore Vale Business awards ceremony at The George Albert Hotel, Evershot on 18th September.
To book your ticket, visit www.blackmorevale.co.uk/businessawards.