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Speaking and Teaching

Do you need a plenary speaker, presenter, moderator, workshop leader, or teacher for your next event?

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I’ve had the privilege of speaking at a variety of places, including the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina A&T State University, and ConocoPhillips Alaska. At the heart of my message is my belief that sharing personal stories enables us to see our commonalities and honor our differences. These actions ultimately can contribute to a more equitable and just society.

Possible Speaking topics

  • Our Stories Matter: the Importance of Personal Storytelling

  • Embracing Our Stories, Taking Our Stories into the World

  • Why An Abundance of Black Stories Matter in the World

  • Re-Envisioning: Infusing Our Dreams with Flexibility

  • Identity: Finding the Stories that Form Us

  • Making Space for Story

I also teach and speak about writing essays and the writing life

possible Teaching topics

  • The Basics of Personal Essays

  • Transforming Essays into a Book

  • The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change

  • Honoring One Another as We Write Across Culture and Race

And so much more! Just ask about the possibilities.

Topics can be tailored to both large and small group settings in places as varied as classrooms, conferences, universities, churches, and corporations.


Patrice’s presentations were awesome and so inspiring. She certainly has a special gift. The students thoroughly enjoyed her words that spoke to validating their worth, their stories, and their voices.
Sharon Wellman, North Carolina A&T State University

Patrice shines a brighter light on the power of self-discovery and engaging the creative balance of academics and life experience.
Elizabeth Lopez, Making Space for Story attendee

Patrice is a talented speaker. She had a great message and presence. Her talk at ConocoPhillips provided a practical way to inspire and foster an inclusive workplace. People were talking about the presentation for weeks afterwards.
— Vanessa Angel, Making Space for Story attendee

I am very impressed with Patrice’s preparation. She is a very natural teacher, and she is one of our most popular guest presenters to date.
—Pam Turner, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library


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This is just a small sampling of what I can bring to your next event. For additional information and rates, please email me here.

I’d love to connect with you about your event needs. I look forward to hearing from you.