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Jodie Patterson

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Activist, Entrepreneur, Author & Chairwoman of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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Jodie Patterson Biography

Jodie Patterson is an author, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur whose work spans communities as diverse as fashion and beauty brands to media and entertainment organizations to queer and BIPOC advocacy groups. In 2019, she became the first Black person elected to the role of Chair of the The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, America’s largest LGBT organization with more than forty years of experience advocating for the rights of this community.

Patterson’s first book, "The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation," was hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous,” and since it’s publication in 2017, Patterson has spoken weekly on topics of identity, gender, race, beauty and how they play out in family dynamics. In 2021, she published her second book, "Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope." It has won several awards and was gifted to all public schools in the state of Kansas. The picture book was inspired by Patterson’s child’s pronouncement at the age of three, “Mama, I’m not a girl. I am a boy” and Patterson’s transformation into an unapologetic advocate for families facing similar journeys.

Her story has been featured in numerous daytime talk shows, evening news programs, national print publications, podcasts, and radio programs, including a short documentary produced by Cosmopolitan magazine that reached more than 11 million views and is currently used by the State of New York for diversity training of its employees. In 2015, Family Circle Magazine named her the #1 Most Influential Mom.

In addition to her advocacy work, Patterson is a longtime entrepreneur. She currently co-owns Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the acclaimed venue she helped co-found in the late 90s. She also co-founded two beauty brands focused on women of color, both of which have been featured in mainstream publications like O Magazine, the New York Times, Glamour, Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Teen Vogue, More, Essence, Ebony, Uptown, and Domino. In 2014, Cosmopolitan awarded her Beauty Skin Expert of the Year.

Before entering the beauty industry, Patterson served as Director of PR for fashion designer Zac Posen and was the Fashion Director of Sales for the groundbreaking, urban publication, Vibe magazine. She also ran her own boutique PR agency, working closely with formidable brands like Nike, Virgin Records, Sean John, and Lincoln Center.

Having launched her career with a degree in literature from the HBCU Spelman College and a few entry-level jobs at major New York City publishing houses, Patterson continues to be a prolific writer and content creator. She has written content for beauty blogs and podcasts and produced two popular web series, “Girl Crush” and “Real Women,” highlighting and interviewing some of the most dynamic “it girls” in popular culture, including actress Kerry Washington, supermodel icon Iman, and renowned activist Bethann Hardison. Her writing can also be found in numerous pop culture media outlets such as xoJane, Refinery29 and Essence.

In addition to her work with The Human Rights Campaign, Patterson sits on the Board of Directors for The Shabazz Center, which upholds the legacy and teachings of Malcolm X and his wife Dr. Betty Shabazz. She also serves on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. In 2017 the United Nations recognized her as a Champion of Change.

Through her platform as an advocate and experience with brand creation and PR, Patterson has collaborated with numerous national and international brands to create impactful, inspiring messaging with an eye toward building stronger communities. Partners include L’Oreal, GAP, Old Navy, Clare Vivier, Bloomingdales, OREO, McDonald’s, Princeton University, NYU, Spelman College, Sarah Lawrence College, Thomas Jefferson University, VICE, LinkedIn, The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Women, Memorial Sloan Kettering, NASDAQ, UBER, TEDX, and Cannes Lions.

Patterson lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.

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Jodie Patterson Biography

Jodie Patterson is an author, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur whose work spans communities as diverse as fashion and beauty brands to media and entertainment organizations to queer and BIPOC advocacy groups. In 2019, she became the first Black person elected to the role of Chair of the The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, America’s largest LGBT organization with more than forty years of experience advocating for the rights of this community.

Patterson’s first book, "The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation," was hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous,” and since it’s publication in 2017, Patterson has spoken weekly on topics of identity, gender, race, beauty and how they play out in family dynamics. In 2021, she published her second book, "Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope." It has won several awards and was gifted to all public schools in the state of Kansas. The picture book was inspired by Patterson’s child’s pronouncement at the age of three, “Mama, I’m not a girl. I am a boy” and Patterson’s transformation into an unapologetic advocate for families facing similar journeys.

Her story has been featured in numerous daytime talk shows, evening news programs, national print publications, podcasts, and radio programs, including a short documentary produced by Cosmopolitan magazine that reached more than 11 million views and is currently used by the State of New York for diversity training of its employees. In 2015, Family Circle Magazine named her the #1 Most Influential Mom.

In addition to her advocacy work, Patterson is a longtime entrepreneur. She currently co-owns Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the acclaimed venue she helped co-found in the late 90s. She also co-founded two beauty brands focused on women of color, both of which have been featured in mainstream publications like O Magazine, the New York Times, Glamour, Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Teen Vogue, More, Essence, Ebony, Uptown, and Domino. In 2014, Cosmopolitan awarded her Beauty Skin Expert of the Year.

Before entering the beauty industry, Patterson served as Director of PR for fashion designer Zac Posen and was the Fashion Director of Sales for the groundbreaking, urban publication, Vibe magazine. She also ran her own boutique PR agency, working closely with formidable brands like Nike, Virgin Records, Sean John, and Lincoln Center.

Having launched her career with a degree in literature from the HBCU Spelman College and a few entry-level jobs at major New York City publishing houses, Patterson continues to be a prolific writer and content creator. She has written content for beauty blogs and podcasts and produced two popular web series, “Girl Crush” and “Real Women,” highlighting and interviewing some of the most dynamic “it girls” in popular culture, including actress Kerry Washington, supermodel icon Iman, and renowned activist Bethann Hardison. Her writing can also be found in numerous pop culture media outlets such as xoJane, Refinery29 and Essence.

In addition to her work with The Human Rights Campaign, Patterson sits on the Board of Directors for The Shabazz Center, which upholds the legacy and teachings of Malcolm X and his wife Dr. Betty Shabazz. She also serves on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. In 2017 the United Nations recognized her as a Champion of Change.

Through her platform as an advocate and experience with brand creation and PR, Patterson has collaborated with numerous national and international brands to create impactful, inspiring messaging with an eye toward building stronger communities. Partners include L’Oreal, GAP, Old Navy, Clare Vivier, Bloomingdales, OREO, McDonald’s, Princeton University, NYU, Spelman College, Sarah Lawrence College, Thomas Jefferson University, VICE, LinkedIn, The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Women, Memorial Sloan Kettering, NASDAQ, UBER, TEDX, and Cannes Lions.

Patterson lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.

Jodie Patterson Videos

  • HRC In Action: Board Chairs Jodie Patterson and Morgan W. Cox III
    The mission of the Human Rights Campaign simply would not be possible without the time and dedication of the people who work tirelessly on a myriad...
  • 2020 Time to Thrive: HRC Board Member Jodie Patterson
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To...
  • Gender is obsolete | Jodie Patterson | TEDxMünchen
    Jodie is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI advocate. Professionally, she is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and distinctive voice within the...

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  • How to book Jodie Patterson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jodie Patterson for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jodie Patterson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jodie Patterson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jodie Patterson?

    Booking fees for Jodie Patterson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jodie Patterson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jodie Patterson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jodie Patterson for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jodie Patterson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jodie Patterson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jodie Patterson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jodie Patterson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jodie Patterson for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Jodie Patterson generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kylar Broadus, Bethaney Wilkinson, Geena Rocero, Mariah Moore and Deanna Singh. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jodie Patterson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jodie Patterson Speaker Videos

  • HRC In Action: Board Chairs Jodie Patterson and Morgan W. Cox III
    The mission of the Human Rights Campaign simply would not be possible without the time and dedication of the people who work tirelessly on a myriad of issues, programs and initiatives. There are...
    2020 Time to Thrive: HRC Board Member Jodie Patterson
    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote...
  • Gender is obsolete | Jodie Patterson | TEDxMünchen
    Jodie is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI advocate. Professionally, she is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and distinctive voice within the beauty industry, having co-founded two companies,...
    Mom, I'm Not A Girl: Raising a Transgender Child | Cosmopolitan
    In Cosmo's first documentary, "Mom, I'm Not A Girl", a mother speaks about raising her son Penelope, who is anatomically female.

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