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what if you could…

converse and connect more easily, authentically, and meaningfully?

Award-Winning Author  —  Speaker

Facilitator  — Consultant


I specialize in teaching smart professionals how to attract and enjoy more meaningful and rewarding conversations, connections, and relationships:

With coworkers and colleagues
with prospects and customers
at conferences and networking events
in social settings and everyday life

What’s the big deal about having better conversations, connections, and relationships? Pretty much everything.

Numerous studies over several decades reveal that friendly, positive, supportive, and memorable in-person social interactions can enhance:

  • Productivity
  • Team effectiveness
  • Image and brand
  • Customer loyalty
  • Professional development
  • Event success
  • Career advancement
  • Opportunity awareness
  • Brain power / intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Self-esteem & sense of belonging
  • Attitude and energy level
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Health and longevity

Who doesn't want all of that?

 Let’s discover how we can work together.

What clients have to say

Ginger Kelly, VP of Marketing

As the opening keynote speaker for our event, Patti set the tone for the day with her charm and wonderful ideas... Ginger Kelly, VP of Marketing, RIM Architect LLC and 2018 SMPS Pacific Regional Conference Co-Chair

a short list of organizations I’ve worked with

A+ Federal Credit Union
Charitable Giving Planners
City of Austin
Commercial Real Estate Women
Concordia University – Texas

Geoscience Support Services
HEB Women’s Leadership Conference
Hewlett Packard
Lakeshore Public Media
MGM Resorts Foundation
NXP Semiconductors

Rodan + Fields
Society of Association Executives
Silicon Valley Bank Private Equity
Texas State University
Wnet Leadership Summit
Worth of New York

how i can help you

Interactive Presentations & Workshops

  • Retreats
  • Strategic sessions
  • Fireside chats

Panels & Discussions

  • Let’s get an interesting, enlightening conversation going!
  • Podcasts
  • Book Clubs

Consulting & Coaching

  • Tap into my experience and expertise
  • Participate in one of my events
  • Join one of my coaching groups


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