Patty as Keynote Speaker, Workshop and Retreat Leader


“Dear Patty: Thank you for your outstanding presentation at the Rye Y “Expect the Best” Staff Retreat!!  Staff are still talking about how entertaining and inspiring you were. The way your interactive keynote “There Are Two I’s in INSPIRE: I Can and I See You” connected courage to exceptional customer service was great for team building and will help us serve our members even better. Combining humor with self challenge isn’t easy, especially with our very diverse group of almost 200 employees. You got everyone out of their seats and engaged with each other, and created a safe space to speak honestly about fears and how to create personal and professional breakthroughs. You could hear the “Aha!” moments across the room! I wholeheartedly recommend you and look forward to working with you again.”

– Eileen Barber, COO, Rye YMCA

“Patty Chang Anker is a change agent in this world. I loved the seminars she presented at Amscan and recommend her to any company that wants employees to thrive. She has a positive and inspiring message that ignited a spark and more people need to hear it. And personally, I’ve found the nerve to start swim lessons and start to face my fears head on!”

– Jamilia Pegram, Wellness Coordinator, Amscan, Inc.

“When Patty Chang Anker spoke at Women At Woodstock 2015, she was not just a speaker at the front of the room. She was a member of our retreat; a sister we could relate to. An instant friend at her comedic best. An eloquent writer. A serious advisor. A role model who has slain the beast. A motivator, saying not just “You can do it!” but “Here’s how” and “Do it now.” 

Patty was all of the above, and she enthralled, engaged, and energized every woman in the room.  We couldn’t have had a better keynote speaker and workshop leader this year.”

– Ann Voorhees Baker, Producer, Women At Woodstock

“I wanted to write to let you know how pleased I was with Patty Chang Anker, who was a keynote speaker for the 2014 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) on October 9, 2014. We knew the topic about overcoming fear (of water) very closely aligned with our effort to help more people to live healthier lives through aquatic activity. However, one never knows how a speaker will tailor their presentation to the audience and connect with our guests. Patty was exceptional! She was warm, funny and easily established rapport. She balanced the reality of how limiting fear can be with hope and good humor. Patty exceeded my expectations and was an inspiration to me.”

– Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D.CEO, National Swimming Pool Foundation

“I wanted to extend my personal thanks to you for your thoughtful and inspiring message for our cancer survivors – truly the bravest of the brave. Your keynote “Why Fear Wedgies when We’re Already Naked?” was very well received by everyone, and all the feedback was SO POSITIVE!! You made our LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Day a very special experience for everyone. I look forward to working with you on future projects.”

– Laura Tiedge, Senior Director of Healthy Living, Rye YMCA

“Patty spoke at all three of our Conferences for Women series this year, leading three panels of professional women who gathered to discuss risk-taking and her “lessons learned while becoming brave”. Her insight and research challenged our audience members to think differently about themselves and what they are capable of.  And the realness and humor with which she presents encourages women to recognize their fears and be more confident in their decision making. She was inspiring on a mass scale, giving 110% to audiences of 500-1500 women. In addition, she’s a complete pleasure to work with.”

– Amy Cooper, Program Director, Conference for Women

“The National Association of Asian American Professionals in San Francisco was very blessed to have Patty emcee our “Gateway to Leadership” Conference Awards Luncheon. Since it was our first ever regional conference, Patty’s role was crucial for the success of the event. She was funny, down-to-earth, and totally knew how to relate to the audience. She sprinkled in witty banter with the speakers and kept the audience continuously engaged. Saying that we were wildly happy in choosing Patty as our emcee would be an tremendous understatement!” 

— Christopher Do, VP of Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services and Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Asian American Professionals – San Francisco

“Patty recently gave a wonderful talk at our campus in Brooklyn. She energized our students with her discussion of ways to overcome fears that interfere with their success in college and in life. Her stories of growing up with traditional Chinese parents especially resonated with the many immigrant students in our school. I would highly recommend Patty as a speaker for college students (particularly freshmen) to inspire them and give them practical advice on dealing with the pressures of student life.”

– Louis Parascandola,Professor of English, Long Island University, Brooklyn

“With candidness, insight, and humor, Patty Chang Anker got a group of strong, accomplished women laughing and sharing about what makes them lose their nerve. Her life-tested wisdom, gift for meaningful storytelling, boundless enthusiasm, and unwavering belief in the ability of people to wrangle fear into submission are galvanizing to her audience. Anyone would be lucky to have Patty in their corner–and that is how you feel when you attend her workshop.” 

— Toni Sciarra Poynter, Co-president, Women’s Media Group

“Patty Chang Anker led an interactive workshop with Asian Women In Business on Facing Fears: Harnessing the Power Within. Her practical advice, gentle guidance and contagious enthusiasm had participants motivated and even excited to tackle the fears that were holding them back. Patty’s inspirational stories (including her own experiences) of overcoming fears resonated with participants. Her break-out exercises helped participants make a plan of attack to deal with their own fears. Patty clearly cared about the workshop participants and even kept in touch with them to hold them accountable to their action plans. We couldn’t have asked for a better (or funnier) workshop facilitator.”    

– Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women in Business – New York

Speaking Engagements

Judy Safern, Leading Thinkers

jsafern@gmail.com, 214-592-2125

For book signings and in-store appearances:

Katie Freeman, katie.freeman@us.penguingroup.com Associate Director of Publicity, Riverhead Books


Email Patty here.