Keynote speeches to remember

Patti is the published author of eight books focused on global leadership, global diversity, inclusion, living mindfully, and creating intentionally. She speaks widely on those topics, and consults to corporations, communities, and educational institutions.


From high school classrooms to the TEDx stage, and from the boardrooms of Fortune 50 companies to the annual meetings of major nonprofits, Patti Digh captivates audiences, moving them to tears and uproarious laughter with her honest, down-to-earth, and meaningful messages about what really matters in life and work. Patti is a master Southern storyteller who delivers. Your audiences will laugh and cry–we can guarantee that–and they will also learn and incorporate that learning in an embodied, felt way that will stick with them long after your event is over.

Where She Shines

Patti is a stage-setter for conferences. She shines as an opening keynote who creates a safe environment of learning and community that will permeate the rest of your event–for groups from 10 to 10,000 people. The stories she tells in her speeches become touchstones for conference participants to reference again and again throughout the rest of the meeting, creating the kind of shared language necessary for true community to form. Your meeting will be transformed from the moment it opens with Patti on stage. She’s addressed crowds of 8,000 farmers in the worst ice storm Atlanta has seen in decades, more than 3,000 teachers of young children in a New York casino, and more than 12,000 training and development professionals just a day after her plane had a crash landing in Baltimore en route to Miami. Still poised and ready, she always delivers.

Patti’s honesty and authenticity shines through with every word; there wasn’t a person in this crowd of 3,000 who didn’t laugh and cry during her session. It was the highlight of the whole conference for me and everyone I talked to–and it changed how we engaged with each other through the whole meeting.

Mary Semoit

Patti Digh is  a brilliant teacher, a great storyteller, and a person of remarkable insight into the human condition. Her work with me was delivered with a standard of excellence and a commitment to both my and my organization’s success that amazed me. Working with Patti has been one of the most beneficial and rewarding experiences in my career.

Scott Steen

CEO, American Forests

In a crowd of 6,000 people, I was on the back row–the very back row–and I felt like Patti was talking directly to me.

John Framingham

A Partial Client List


  • Achva College Israel
  • Amdocs Israel
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • AARP
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Compensation Association (now WorldatWork)
  • American Forests
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • American School Food Service Association
  • American Society for Quality
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Asian Regional Training and Development Organization
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Avaya Communications
  • Boeing
  • City of Boston
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • California Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Cendant Corporation
  • Center for Association Leadership
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • Discovery Communications
  • Employee Relocation Council
  • Equity Residential
  • Florida Power and Light
  • Fortune Magazine Special Projects
  • George Washington University
  • Government of Guyana
  • Greater Washington Society of Association Executives
  • Guilford College
  • Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
  • International Erosion Control Association
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Leadership Asheville
  • National Architectural Accreditation Board
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • New York Association for the Education of Young Children
  • North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  • PBS Public Broadcasting System
  • PepsiCo
  • President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Progress Energy
  • Project Management Institute
  • Public Risk Management Association
  • REI
  • Shell Oil
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Special Libraries Association
  • Transitions Optical
  • United States Geological Survey
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of Southern Maine
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

Topics include

  • Life is a Verb: Six Practices for Living (and Working) More Intentionally
  • Creative is a Verb: Six Practices for Getting Unstuck and Living Your Most Innovative Life
  • Change Your Verbs, Change Your Life: The Power of the -ing
  • Diversity doesn’t work without work
  • Beyond Tolerating Diversity to Embracing Inclusion

Other topics are developed in concert with her clients; each talk reflects the nature of the business or organization and its stakeholders or members. She has talked to groups as widely diverse as universities in Israel, companies in New Zealand, the U.K., Australia, South Africa, and far beyond, government agencies in Guyana and France, and nonprofit organizations from nearly every U.S. state. Patti’s speaking has taken her to over 60 countries so far, to rave reviews.

Clients have included:

Your opening keynote presentation, “Live, Love, Let Go, and Make a Difference: Four Practices for Transforming Your Life and Work,” was simply inspiring. By the end of the session, there was not a dry eye in the house, and what a testament that is to your work. Thank you for providing the energy and motivation needed to jumpstart the conference, and thank you for sharing your stories. Your presentation set the tone for a positive, productive, and meaningful event.

Director of Conference Planning, American Counseling Association

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