I have the wonderful opportunity to meet and photograph all kinds of amazing human beings.

While they are in studio, it is a privilege to learn about their businesses, or the work they do, their family, their interests, and hear a little bit about their story.

 From Penny's website:

Penny is a genuine entrepreneur. Founding the Tremblay Leadership Center, with relationship strategies training and keynotes internationally for 20+ years, thousands have benefitted with skills and confidence to be productive, play nice in the sandbox, and climb the ladder of success. Her Advanced Mediation certificate from Harvard combined with years of conflict resolution facilitation in workplaces bring stories, experiences and guidance for productive, peaceful and profitable business.

What inspired you to develop your idea?

The Sandbox System came from a very successful elevator pitch that I landed on after trying out different ways to explain what I do. Everyone understands the ‘play nice in the sandbox’ concept.

Penny Tremblays sandbox
How have your priorities changed from when you first started?

Yes, I focus specifically on workplace relationships training and conflict resolution, whereas when I first started I was more of a “Jack (or Jill) of all professional development trades.


Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

Yes, I would have picked a niche way sooner, and perfected my service in one lane rather than tying to be everything for everyone.


 Penny Tremblay sitting in a sandbox



What challenges did you have to overcome at the beginning of your journey?

Juggling work and raising a family, and a partner that would have preferred that I choose a different career.


How do you define success? I define success by freedom.

Time, mobility and financial freedom to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want.

three photos of penny tremblay
What is keeping you up at night?

Conflict resolution in workplaces lives deep in my psyche when I am involved in team mediations or whole department restorations. I get into people’s energy and corporate culture and even though it’s not mine, I seem to carry it with me while things are cooking, and shortly after completion of the ADR work (alternative dispute resolution).

Describe some of your key routines or habits that you have to keep you going?

My power hour, every morning. Prayer, meditation, fitness or just sitting with my spirit, and my dog Joy. She’s a yellow lab who is like a filter turning energy into positive vibes for me.

Do you, and/or, how do you find time to develop your creative process?

I walk outdoors daily with Joy, and I drive a lot. I do a lot of thinking when I am alone.

Joy, Penny Tremblay's dog

What are some hard choices that you had to make to get where you are?

I have had to leave things behind. I closed a web development business to specialize in training, and exited a loveless relationship which was very difficult for me and my two children.

penny tremblay pour sand in her sandbox
What book and/or podcast are you enjoying right now?

Harvard Business Review, Harvard’s Women at Work, The Wealthy Speaker podcast, Technically Speaking, Multiplier Mindset, and The EOS Leader.

What is one thing people would never guess about you?

I’m getting married for the first time, and I am in my mid-fifties.


What is one thing you wish people knew about you?

Underneath this perceived strong woman, is a scared little girl.


professional headshot of penny tremblay

How to grow your LinkedIn Network?

Can you describe how LinkedIn has help grow your business?

By providing a mechanism for sharing my Leadership Tips (that are circulated by email, but now seen by more people).

Do you have a “daily” or “regular” activity that you do on LinkedIn?


What would be some basic tips for someone starting out on LinkedIn?

Work on your profile, use all the fields and character limit, use the video options.
If a business person had time to do only one thing on LinkedIn, what should they do? Engage with those they want to do business with. Follow them, comment on their stuff, be their cheerleader.


black and white image of Penny Tremblay


Where can you find Penny:

Peter Istvan

Peter Istvan Photography

Peter is a professional headshot photographer. Available in studio, or on location. Serving Parry SoundMuskokaSudburyNorth Bay, Barrie, Toronto, and surrounding areas. 

Would be happy to hear from you!