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10 January 2008


Pattiatthepiano Patti Digh (pronounced “dye”) was born in a small town in North Carolina in the late 50s, spent the 60s listening to Bobby Sherman, wearing Peter Max hot pants, and campaigning to be class president; the 70s reading Tiger Beat magazine, playing Pee Wee football, idolizing Johnny Unitas, and living in Sri Lanka; the 80s at a Quaker college, living in Munich, listening to Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull, surviving graduate school, and sailing around the world; the 90s filling up a passport, falling deeply in love, having her first child, and writing her first book; and this decade writing more books, having her second child, stalking Billy Collins and Johnny Depp, and finding her voice and passion at long last.

Patti has written two business books on global leadership and diversity, one named a Fortune magazine "best business book for 2000," and her comments have appeared on PBS, and in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, the New York Times, USAToday, the Washington Post, and London Financial Times, among other national and international publications. She speaks around the world on diversity, global business, and living intentionally.

Patti is a co-founder of The Circle Project, a consulting and training firm that partners with organizations and the people in them to help them work more effectively and authentically together across difference. She was formerly the vice president of international and diversity programs for a large nonprofit organization.

Patti has dedicated her life to educating herself and others on the personal and societal costs of exclusion and discrimination. But her most important job is being a mother to her two daughters.

Patti and her husband, John Ptak (aka Mr. Brilliant), live in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Emma and Tess, their dog Blue, two cats whose furniture scratching proclivities don’t merit their being mentioned by name, and, until the recent Unfortunate Incident, a dwarf hamster named Maggie.

Patti's most recent book, LIFE IS A VERB: 37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally was published under the Skirt! Books imprint of Globe Pequot Press in the fall of 2008.

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