At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
From birth, I always considered myself my brother's equal. There never was anything he could do that I could not. I even tried peeing standing up (to no avail).
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I will NOT accept any relationship where I am not treated as an equal partner!
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I do not believe in the glass ceiling and feel you can get anywhere you want to IF you want it badly enough and are smart enough to figure it out! I succeeded working in Germany in the early 80s where my MBA was NOT recognized. I was a young foreign female, barely speaking German working in a totally male dominated world and I quadrupled my starting salary in 3 years. It can be done! I am an enthusiastic coach who supports other women in making their dream jobs and days come true. We are UNSTOPPABLE but need the right support and attitude to believe that.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
No more FGM. No more being treated like 2nd or 3rd class possessions. No more domestic violence and killings. No honor killings. Women and girls have equal rights no matter WHAT religion is being followed. Misogynistic practices are illegal, strictly enforced and prosecuted and outlawed both in law and in society mores.
How I Define Feminism:
Women and men have equal rights and opportunities. There is NO discrimination based on gender. Girls can do anything and everything that a boy can AND MORE and better! Feminism makes the world a better place for all of us!
Patti is an award winning marketing and sales executive, with 30+years of experience at IBM, Siemens, and many start-up companies in North America and Europe.
As a serial entrepreneur of 10 businesses since 1992, she helped start and run a 7-figure 20-employee software company for 10 years before opening a thriving garden centre and hobby farm just outside of Ottawa, Canada.
Patti was NOT a born salesperson. She was a shy introverted programmer who stumbled into sales as a way of escaping corporate life. Making six-figures by the time she was 25, she decided that there had to be more to life than climbing the corporate ladder. Wanting to live a life with no regrets, she left Toronto for a year of travel in Europe and returned 9 years later to Ottawa. Finally, after a 30-year detour, she returned to her hometown of Toronto.
Patti says “If I can be a farmer, then you can be anything you want to be — with some basic sales and marketing skills that is.” She loves to make your passion profitable with her proven practical advice.
She is the author of the soon to be released book “The Accidental Farmer: Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur!” tales of her entrepreneurial life with lessons for all.
After selling millions of dollars, Deutsch mark and pounds sterling worth of “stuff”* to 25+ countries, she finally accepted she was a pretty amazing sales professional.
Patti now loves to sell and has deconstructed her million dollar success strategies to help other entrepreneurs develop their businesses and sell more effectively, with more skill and confidence.
Her coaching has helped clients close bigger deals, faster, and for more money by being confident and clear in their value that they provide to others.