Dr. Patton McDowell, MBA, CFRE
Nonprofit Expert, Leadership Coach & Speaker

He Can Help On and Off the Stage

Patton knows his true value comes not just from his time engaging an audience, but from the RESULTS that are generated by them after the fact. His signature talks provide practical advice and motivation for current leaders and those aspiring to join the nonprofit leadership community.

He customizes his presentations and workshops to connect with your people and address their challenges. Whether it is a conference keynote, in-depth breakouts, or individualized workshops, you will get an experience designed for impact. Through a blend of education, engaging stories, and actionable strategies, he ensures everyone has takeaways they can implement immediately.

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Presentation Options

  • 45-to-90 minute keynote
  • Full or half day breakout workshops
  • Presented in person or virtually
  • Compliment a keynote speech with additional in-depth training and development
  • Moderate a panel of leaders, or engage with individuals "interview" style
  • Choose from one of Patton's signature presentation topics or collaborate with us to customize your own

Presentation Topics

Seven Steps to Successful Leadership
How do you turn your desire to lead a philanthropic organization into a reality? From his best-selling book, Patton shares the seven stops along the path, as well as associated resources and exercises to advance your leadership journey.

Five Keys to Organizational Excellence
What differentiates the best nonprofit organizations from those seeking greater impact? Patton breaks down the five keys and offers implementation strategies to achieve each of them.

Building A Dynamic Board of Directors
How do you maximize the time and talent of your most dedicated volunteers? Through his work with dozens of organizations and their staff and volunteer leadership, Patton describes the characteristics of the most successful boards and how you can move your organization closer to the ideal level of engagement.

The Essentials: How to Launch Your Nonprofit Career
How do you identify the best organization to start your nonprofit career?How do you make yourself an ideal candidate to land the job?
Patton offers practical tips and advice to best position you for career success.

Give an Autographed Copy of Patton's Latest Book

People love receiving Patton's bestselling book, Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership: Seven Keys to Advancing Your Career in the Philanthropic Sector courtesy of the meeting chair. Patton offers bulk order discounts on books for you to provide your attendees. His time with your audience can also include an autograph session at no charge where he will sign and interact individually.