Patti Cotton

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Patti Cotton works with executives, business owners, chief decision-makers, companies, and organizations to elevate and support leadership at all levels.  Founder of Women Who Take the Lead, a movement to help women become confident, engaged, and equipped for leadership, she is a Fortune 500 speaker, executive coach, and consultant.  Cotton possesses more than 25 years of leadership both stateside and abroad, in the profit and not-for-profit worlds, and specifically in the realms of diplomatic relations, public affairs, marketing, and communications.  She enjoys a rich background in developing teams to meet goals and create change.

Her speaking and workshop facilitation address such areas as developing high-performing teams to meet the future, women changing the face of leadership, and creating leadership legacy.  She is a guest lecturer at select universities on conflict management, authentic leadership, and advanced coaching methodologies.  Patti partners with organizations to develop programs and initiatives focused on retaining, elevating, and inspiring female talent and leadership. 

Cotton’s client roster includes privately-owned small businesses, and organizations such as Bank of America, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harvard University, Sysco, Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley, Girl Scouts of America, and more.  Her volunteer service supports the area of health and welfare for healthier, happier families and communities, and a portion of all business profits supports alternatives to domestic violence and at-risk youth.  Cotton is a recipient of The United States President’s Lifetime Award for Volunteer Service.


  • PCC (Professional Certified Coach), International Coach Federation
  • Coach, Conflict Coaching, Tricia Jones, PhD; CCM, LLC
  • Mediator, State of California
  • Facilitator, Conflict Resolution, Kenneth Cloke Dispute Resolution Center
  • Trainer and Facilitator, Immunity to Change, Drs. Kegan and Lahey, Harvard University

Professional Associations/Community Involvement

  • International Coach Federation, Member
  • ProVisors, Riverside – Inland Empire, Group Leader
  • Lifetime Award for Volunteer Service, The President of the United States

Past Community Involvement

  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Board Member, Past President
  • Riverside Community Health Foundation, Board Member, Past Vice President


  • Master of Arts, Organizational Management and Development, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara
  • Master of Arts, English Literature, La Sierra University, Riverside
  • Graduate Certificate, Year-long Evidence-based Coaching, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara
  • Communications, Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, MA