About Me

Kristel Penn received her Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and a Marketing Certificate from Santa Monica College. She is currently working toward an MA in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. Penn is currently the Marketing and Editorial Director at Grooby, the leading producer of trans erotica. With over ten years of experience, she has worked diligently as an advocate within her industry to promote visibility and empowerment through sex positivity.

Through Grooby, Penn is the Event Producer of the annual Transgender Erotica Awards, which celebrates the accomplishments of the trans adult community. Held in Los Angeles, the TEAs have been expanded to include three days of events: a fan-focused conference, the awards, and after party. Visit TheTEAShow.com for more information.

In addition to her marketing responsibilities at Grooby, Penn is an educational speaker who travels across the country to discuss topics shame, destigmatizing desire, and demystifying porn and its consumption. She has co-presented workshops at Catalyst Con, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Contemporary Relationships Conference, and as part of Kink.com's educational offerings. In 2017, Penn, along with fellow board members Buck Angel and Steven Grooby, helped create the non-profit organization TAIF (Trans Adult Industry Foundation). TAIF provides life-affirming support services and resources to trans people, with a specific focus on the needs of performers in the adult industry.

That same year Penn launched her PR + Marketing Agency, Ikigai Marketing. She offers purpose-driven marketing and PR services, in addition to business-oriented life coaching.

Kristel Penn is the 2017 XBIZ Industry Exec Award for Brand Ambassador of the Year for her work at Grooby. The company also won numerous awards at both XBIZ and AVN in 2017, including Trans Studio of the Year (XBIZ) and Trans Release of the Year for Real Fucking Girls (XBIZ and AVN). The marketing campaign she spearheaded for Real Fucking Girls was also nominated at AVN. In 2018, she received a nomination for the XBIZ Industry Exec Award for Marketing Executive of the Year and Grooby received multiple XBIZ, AVN, and TEA nominations and wins.

Penn is currently nominated for two 2019 XBIZ Industry Exec Awards: Community Figure of the Year and WIA Woman in Adult.


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Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: kristelpenn@ikigaimarketing.com Phone:(818) 308-4182

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