Penny Rhodes had a 15 year career in the Institutional Investment Management Industry, beginning with First Chicago's ANB Investments, and then along with three colleagues was a founding executive of Oak Brook Investments. Penny left Oak Brook in 2000 to become the mother of twins, and while being a full-time parent has continued to pursue entrepreneurial ventures, on-going education and her passion for environmental and social activism. She is currently working on an IP venture.
She has served in a development role on wind turbine prototypes, and has been enrolled in education programs on EarthShip off-grid home construction, sustainable architecture, the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Tama-Do sound healing with Fabien Maman, and UCLA extension. Penny's volunteer work has included the Webster Elementary and 7 Arrows Elementary Schools, and Meals on Wheels, School on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, LA Skywatch, and Flying Elephants Foundation.
In 2006, Penny was part of the production team for a documentary on Jerusalem, which focused on the three monotheistic religions in conflict with one another, yet all calling Jerusalem their home. She is a 20 year attendee and Founder's Circle member of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, most recently involved with Esalen's Development and Feasibility Study. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.