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Living A Purpose-Filled Life with Penelope Thompson
Episode 12918th July 2022 • Transformations with Jayne • Jayne Nakata
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This week on the podcast I talk to one of my very best friends Penelope Thompson. I have known Penny since 1998 when we met at university and lived together for 2 years. It’s my great pleasure to share this special person with the listeners of Transformations with Jayne. As well as being my friend, Penny is also an amazing mother of three very special boys, and Director Group Communications at Māia Studios. Penny has faced some sizable challenges in her life and has lots of wisdom to share with you all about resilience, determination and taking control of your own story.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Penelope and I met and became friends many moons ago
  • The big life change that happened four years ago that forced Penelope to completely reimagine and restructure her life
  • About Penelope’s experiences parenting neurodiverse children and children with serious medical challenges
  • What ‘independent parenting’ is and why Penelope prefers it to other terms like single parent or solo parent
  • About Penelope’s current work with Māia Studios, a communications company focused on purpose and making a difference in the world


About Penelope:

Penelope is Director Group Communications at Māia, which is building a home for kaupapa driven communications in Aotearoa. Penelope leads the workflow of the team and helps to oversee the Māia Cause and Māia Startup pou.

Penelope brings more than a decade of experience spanning the full range of communications specialties. Adept at working closely with businesses to link communications with business strategy and impact, she has a track record of calm, skilful delivery of results, every time.

Based in Onehunga where she is raising her three boys, Penelope has qualifications in Politics, French, Italian, PR and Communications. It is a love of language and diversity that brought Penelope into the industry. It’s her passion for delivering outstanding communications that shift perceptions and make a measurable difference in the world that keeps her here.


Connect with Penelope:

Māia Studios Website: https://maiastudio.co/

Māia Studios Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maiastudionz

Māia Studios IG: https://www.instagram.com/maiastudionz/

Personal IG: https://www.instagram.com/thompson_penelope

LinkedIn: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/penelope-thompson-a843ab1b4


Connect with Jayne:

PodLaunch with Jayne: https://www.jaynenakata.com/podcastconsulting


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