Pat (Patricia) Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts on gender diversity and equality in the workplace. As a top rated trial lawyer and leading author, Ms. Gillette’s illustrious career has focused on solving the most critical business issues of Fortune 500 clients by strategizing and implementing paradigm shifts in company culture and management. Because Ms. Gillette is herself a successful business person, rising to the top levels of management in the firms and companies for whom she has worked, she speaks with authority and conviction to all levels of employees, from CEOs to sales people to managers.
In her presentations and writings, Ms. Gillette identifies ways in which organizations can drive results from every employee. She focuses her messages on how to succeed in the high powered, fast paced business environment of today. Relying on research studies she commissioned as well as her charismatic style, Ms. Gillette is able to inspire audiences to think differently about the way they can realize their personal and business goals.
Ms. Gillette also recognizes the uneven playing field for women and minorities. Rather than complain about the inequities, she focuses her speeches on how individuals and corporations can overcome these challenges. For individuals, she presents practical tips to address common obstacles to success like fear of failure, imposter syndrome, the confidence gap, self-promotion, and presentation style. For companies, she points to practical and workable solutions to confront institutional barriers facing women and minorities: implicit bias, the pay gap, lack of opportunity, candid and helpful feedback, and changes in workplace structures.
Ms. Gillette also has a unique perspective on how individuals can increase business opportunities for themselves and their organizations, without regard to their gender or race. This is based on a groundbreaking report she commissioned that studied the personal characteristics of successful business people. In her presentations, Ms. Gillette uses the study results to change the way people think about obtaining and delivering new business opportunities.
As an authentic people-person, Ms. Gillette connects and relates deeply with people. She has an uncanny ability to break through gender and generational barriers, and also brings her passion to the podium as she talks about difficult issues with candor, warmth, and authenticity. Her speeches are peppered with humor and focused on solutions. She gets people thinking about what they can do to be more energized, and motivates people want to bring about positive change in themselves and their institutions.
Ms. Gillette is available for engagements ranging from Keynote Addresses to Boardroom Consultations. She has delivered talks to premiere institutions and organizations throughout the country. Ms. Gillette is also an authorized Radical Candor speaker and can speak on Radical Candor independently or as part of her overall presentations.