Following stints in the national leadership of a Christian non-profit, as a conference speaker, as a tour leader in the former Soviet Union and as a marriage and family therapist, Patty founded SeattleCoach in 2003 and began to coach and facilitate exclusively in 2005. In 2008 she launched The SeattleCoach Professional Coach Training and Development Program for executives who see coaching as an extra–and increasingly essential–gear in their leadership engine. The program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and over 200 “SeattleCoaches” who have completed the training, or soon will, are having an impact on the West Coast and beyond as both external coaches and as better leaders on the inside of great companies and organizations.
In 2016 Patty was a recipient of the ACES Award from ICF Washington State. This award “recognizes a coach who authentically acts, motivates and inspires excellence and commitment to achieving goals that advance the development of coaches, the coaching profession and the coaching community. They exemplify outstanding achievements in leadership and are a visionary with major contributions to both the profession and industry of coaching.”
Whether it’s a class or a keynote, Patty values insight-creation as the crucial component of content delivery. “I love it when my brain lights up,” she says, “And it’s even better when everyone else’s brains light up.” She works with an approach that is warm, practical, innovative, direct, playful and generous.
She holds two masters degrees, one in Theology and a second in Applied Behavioral Science. In addition, she is a licensed system therapist, a life-long enthusiast about the stories of American history and has joined the top four percent of credentialed coaches worldwide to have been awarded the title of “Master Certified Coach” by the ICF.
With Patty’s background as a competitive rower, and as past president of Interlochen Rowing Club in Seattle, she sometimes takes executive teams out on the water with her. The experience is always filled with team learning and metaphors–along with some splashing.
And her faith still informs her life and work, helping her to explore how human brains and relationships flourish, how we make sense of the tough stuff, and how we live out the big “what’s-it-all-about” questions we share through the arc of our lives. She thinks excellent coaching is like grace: rarely intrusive, usually disruptive, more nuanced than announced and just as much about “how” as “what.”