Miami Dade College Presents Exploring Mindsets: Shifting Our Thinking to Make Positive Change in the World

Miami, Aug. 18, 2016 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Earth Ethics Institute presents Emily Penn, world-renowned educator, artist, explorer, and environmental advocate. Penn will discuss her most recent project,   Exploring Mindsets: Shifting our Thinking to Make Positive Change in the World, Sept. 21-22.

A graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Architecture, Emily Penn organized the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Recently, she was honored with the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards and is also the youngest and only female recipient of both the Yachtmaster of the Year and Seamaster of the Year award.  Penn splits her time between leading expeditions and running Pangaea Explorations, the organization she founded to enable scientists, filmmakers and everyday people gain access to the most remote parts of our planet. A renowned public speaker, she has spoken around the world at conferences, universities and global companies, sharing both her adventures and an understanding of the issues relating to our oceans, human mindset, and future society.

Penn will share stories of her journey from architect to explorer, as she details how she has built upon each experience to be where she is today. With a focus on solutions, her most recent project, Exploring Mindsets, seeks to bring diverse people together into common conversation about how we can create a shift in our thinking to make positive change in the world.

The presentation schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:50 – 5:05 p.m.

Kendall Campus, room 402

11011 SW 104 St.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:50 -11:05 a.m.

Wolfson Campus, room 1261

300 NE 2nd Ave.


For more information, please contact Colleen Ahern-Hettich at 305-237-3796 or