With more than 25 years’ experience positioning clients for success, Pat is a sought-after strategist, writer and speaker in the non-profit sphere. Pat provides leadership for the firm and high-level strategic and creative guidance to our clients. She is a frequent presenter at CASE and other conferences, with cutting-edge advice on the power of brand-building, messaging, and fundraising communications.
What is your favorite aspect of communications/marketing?
Storytelling. I will never discover a new species or build a rural health clinic or curate a major art exhibition, but it is my privilege every day to tell the stories of people who do.
What is the best thing about your job?
The places we go and the people we meet. To stand behind the Washington National Cathedral’s rose window at sunset. To open boxes with the archivists at the John F. Kennedy Library. To help the trainers feed the seals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. To hear a presidential advisor talk about the pressures of White House decision-making. It’s like graduate school with interesting settings.
What is your favorite thing about working in Philadelphia?
Twenty years ago, Philadelphia was known for soft pretzels and the Liberty Bell. Today, we are a world-class destination for the arts; we have a food scene with offerings in every key from high-end cuisine to food trucks and serious BYOBs; Center City’s streets are crowded after dark, the neighborhoods are coming into their own and, oh yes, the line is longer than ever at the Bell.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
An obsessive interest in reading about women throughout the world whose bravery and smarts have, literally, changed history.
How would people communicate in a perfect world?
Briefly and visually.