Patti Cotton is an international Fortune 500 speaker, leadership and management consultant, and executive coach. A former C-Suite executive and member of the Swiss diplomatic corps, she is president and CEO of the company, Cotton Group, focusing on transformational change for organizations, their leaders and teams, and other executives. Her background includes more than 25 years of international leadership and speaking experience in the world of diplomatic relations, public relations, and philanthropy.
Patti is well-known for breaking through impossible barriers to produce exceptional results, and once led a young and inexperienced team to raise more than $21 million when the experts said it could not be done. She is Harvard-trained in advanced approaches to change. She has worked alongside heads of state and other change agents from around the globe to solve problems with creativity and grace. Having held leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe and led her own teams, Patti now shares her expertise through helping key decision-makers and teams to accomplish their visions and goals.
In addition to Patti's international leadership experience, she possesses a formal educational background that has allowed her to support individuals, teams, and companies around the globe. She is a member of and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds a master’s degree from Fielding Graduate University in Organizational Management and Development, and a master’s degree from La Sierra University in English Literature. She has a year-long graduate certification in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University, a training certificate in Immunity to Change advanced coaching methodology through Harvard University, and is a certified mediator for the State of California.
Patti’s client and audience roster includes such notables as: Harvard University, Coca-Cola Corporation, Sysco Food Services, Edward Jones, Girl Scouts of America, Morgan Stanley, Loma Linda University & Medical Center, California Women’s Conference, various corporate events and industry associations.
Patti’s advocacy and board service focus on supporting healthy families, and specifically, alternatives for domestic violence, the empowerment of at-risk youth, and other vulnerable and silenced voices.