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August 24, 2009

What People are Saying about "Life is a Verb" and "37days"

Some of the Reviews of Life is a Verb:

“Patti Digh writes like her hair is burning..."  --Cravingbalance.com

"Damn, girl. You write good.” -Lee Hancock, Dallas Morning News

"What I am trying to do is find a way to describe how grateful I am that she and her work have come into my life."--Sarah Morgan

"I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I adore Patti Digh’s book Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally. I love her writing, her depth, her sizzle. This is a book that makes me sing with life and the possibilities we all have for transformation and awareness. It is the best antidote I’ve got these days for the pain and fear raging around us--that and loving hugs, long naps, fervent prayer and letting myself feel whatever I’m feeling." -Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book

“The  37days blog is one of my daily must-reads…"

“Life is a verb-alicious thang…”--Virtual Tea House

"As further proof that the most inspiring and joyous of art is often born of the most dire and dour of experiences, I give you Patti Digh and the magnificent, powerful, astonishing collection of stories she has written on her blog, 37 Days, and compiled as a book, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally.  ….the result is sublime. No, “sublime” is overused and inadequate: the result is an astonishing, rich, gorgeous collection of beautifully written essays that simultaneously make me want to keep reading (faster! faster!) and throw down the book and have at it myself. They’re livable lessons that don’t feel preachy, complex ideas rendered wondrously clear."--the Communicatrix

“Life is a verb indeed!”--Sunday School Rebel

“A book to help you with your bucket list.”--Squidoo

"Life is a Verb is brilliantly-crafted, raw, gorgeously-designed, and daringly different from ‘self-help’ books. It relates, through stories that sparkle and astonish and soar, how to move, to be on your way, to realize who you really are through your actions. Every word of this book is essential."
-Dave Pollard, author of How to Save the World and Finding the Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur's Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work

"In short, as I read on, I found myself getting sharper and smarter. I considered why it might be better to make a mistake -- and learn from it -- than strain to get everything right."--    Jesse Kornbluth, for HeadButler.com

"Reading Life is a Verb is like mainlining goodness. Digh shows us what is real and what matters, and she gives us insiders tips on how to make minuscule life corrections that result in quantum shifts in experience. Her writing is laugh out loud funny and more profound than Zen koans. Let her wise counsel guide you to live your life gratefully and as a work of art  This will surely be the last self-help book you will ever need or want to read."
-Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita and author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up

“This book is one you'll want on your nightstand.”  Weread.com/review

"Thank you...for how you've chosen to consider that question and respond to it ... for your marvelous book, Life is a Verb (I can't wait to hold it in my hands!) ... for posting my "37 days..." thoughts on your blog ... for all the com/passionate living and loving your work inspires!

"This is a book to be savoured. I loved its message, its colours, even the feel of its paper. A book that encourages you to "inhabit your own story” is well worth recommending and taking to heart."--Mary Anne Moore, Synergy Magazine

“Life is a Verb is my SAD light this winter, providing more sparkle, illumination and brilliance than any 10,000 kilowatt lamp could ever come close to providing. “-Jodi, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Patti Digh, author of Life Is A Verb, + David David Robinson = Quality. Substance. Devotion. I participated in their free seminar last week on "Playing with your blocks." They didn't waste anytime getting to the sage stuff. Patti's opening question melted my heart and echoed the question I am living: "If you could imagine that your art could provide everything you needed in your life, how would you approach your art?" If I'd paid $500 bucks for that phone call, I would have got my money's worth in the first five minutes."--White Hot Truth

"Oh, wait - did I just say written by Patti? Well, it is, the words are hers. But the sense I get when I read her book, or her blog, 37 Days, is more that Patti is one part of a lovely interconnected web of people, places and experiences, and while she does write from her unique perspective from her place on the web, she's also able to take a deep breath, somehow put herself above it all, and write from a place of seeing the connections within the web."--Open-Hearted Life

“Gay, bisexual, or straight, living deliberately and authentically requires not just courage and perseverance, but also a practical guide. Patti provides us great insights and useful exercises that make it more likely we’ll all experience spiritual health.”
-Brian McNaught, author of Are You Guys Brothers?

“I have never seen such a simultaneously practical, aesthetically beautiful, and soul-caressing book in my life.” -Kichiro Hayashi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

Life is a Verb is a wonderful treat! Good exercises, stories, and examples. Reading it will help you appreciate just how much can be gained through living with intention. It’s also a lot of fun.”
-Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative

A Sampling of the thousands of comments from Patti’s blog, “37days”, from which Life is a Verb emerged:

“Patti Digh is a magician who is able to call to the noblest, most generous self inside each of us, while at the same time commiserating about the little failures and challenges which life delivers on an unscheduled basis. She is fearless in baring her soul, and her writing is engaging to the reader in a fashion which leaves one compelled to feel what she writes to one's very depths.” -Rick, Denver, Colorado

“It’s intelligent, thoughtful, inspiring and real. Please don’t ever stop.” –New Zealand

“Another stunning post from Patti Digh… -London

“You are my best guide. Ever.” –Israel

“Your story is powerful and meaningful and can inspire others. It seriously is the best I have ever read.”- New Zealand

“Patti Digh's work will not change your life. Instead, it'll open your eyes to just how brilliantly, miraculously, amazingly important your existence already is.” -Siona, Boulder, Colorado

“I have lived more than 74 years and you made me cry—I don’t cry often. I think I may have lived too long, seen too much, and  loved too little.” – U.S.

“All of us struggle at times with questions of identity and purpose - Who am I? What should I make of my life?  Patti Digh perceptively guides us to the answers....[Yeah, it's so serious. But I'm sure your publisher would never choose this blurb: 'Patti Digh is THE MOST AWESOME WRITER EVAH! This book is full of win.']” -Kim, Columbus, Ohio

“You make me stop and examine my own reactions and behaviors.” -California

“I cannot possibly tell you how significant your reflections are to me…I am quiet over them.” –Washington, D.C.

“You're helping all of us to say what we know and act on those truths.” –California

“Your writing totally captivates me.” –India

“I continue to read 37days with awe and delight, and often with a profound awakening to ideas and possibility.” –France

“Last week's piece left me unable to move.” –U.S.

“You are just the best writer I know. And this week’s 37days is a masterpiece. It is a mystery, a love story, a drama and a fable all wrapped up in one compelling 10 minute read. I don't know how you do it but I sure hope you never stop! -Germany

August 20, 2009


These photographs are provided for use by the media in promoting book readings or other events. Feel free to use them for that purpose or contact Patti if you need additional images.

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August 13, 2009

Keynote and Workshop Formats


Patti customizes her talks to each group and can provide keynote experiences that last from 60 to 90 minutes. Her talks are ideal ways to begin your meeting, event, or conference, as they can set the stage for more mindful learning and a deeper conversation during the whole of the event.

Some clients book Patti for both a keynote and a concurrent session following to allow for more in-depth look at the topic.

Clients are requested to host a book signing for Patti immediately following the keynote (books are available from the publisher at half price for such events) and priority is given to requests from conference organizers who are able to incorporate this into their schedule.

Half-Day Interactive Training
Half-Day Interactive Training allows for direct interaction with your group, and builds on Patti's keynote with additional learning points and activities. Designed for groups of 20-300 (groups over 60 people will require the use of two facilitators, Patti Digh and her business partner, David Robinson).

1-Day or 2-Day Workshop
These formats offer a deeper exploration, and permit enough time for each topic to be explored to it’s fullest potential. These trainings are designed for individuals, intact teams, or organizations. Ideal for up to 150-200 people. Typically facilitated by both Patti Digh and David Robinson.

Please email us at [email protected] to discuss which format might best serve your intention.

August 12, 2009

Resources for Meeting Planners: Biographical Info

Biographical Information

Co-founder, The Circle Project

Patricia Digh (pronounced “dye”) has designed diversity and leadership initiatives and training for clients around the world for the past 20 years. Her first book, Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (Simon & Schuster, 2000) was named a “Best Business Book for 2000” by Fortune Magazine. Her second book was The Global Diversity Desk Reference (Wiley, 2003), and her most recent book, LIFE IS A VERB, is based on her award-winning blog (37days.com) and was published in September 2008 by Globe Pequot Press. LIFE IS A VERB was recently chosen out of 440 nominees as one of only five finalists for  “Books for a Better Life” Award and was also a finalist for the “Book of the Year” award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association.

Patti has published over 100 articles on diversity and intercultural issues, having traveled and worked in over 60 countries. She was formerly the Vice President of International and Diversity Programs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association of human resources professionals with over 250,000 members worldwide. While there, she created the Institute for International HR, the award-winning SHRM Diversity Initiative, Diversity Train the Trainer Certificate Program, National Diversity Conference, and diversity newsletter, MOSAICS.

Clients have included Achva College Israel, Amdocs Israel, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the New Zealand Institute of Personnel Management, the Government of Guyana, the U.S. Postal Service, PBS, Shell Oil, Bethany Care Society, The Center for Association Leadership, The American Society for Quality, The American Psychological Association, The American Cancer Society, PepsiCo, the University of NC at Asheville, Guilford College, the University of South Florida, and DaimlerChrysler, among many others in the U.S. and abroad.

36-City "Life is a Verb" Book Tour Videos

Thus far the Life is a Verb book tour has reached 36 cities in 14 states (and D.C), and includes the following cities: Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Apex, Waynesville, Saluda, Sylva and Morganton, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; Canton, Zanesville and Cleveland, Ohio; Decatur and Atlanta, Georgia; St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; Bend and Portland, Oregon; South Bend, Indiana; Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida; Hastings, Nebraska; Reston, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C; Providence, Rhode Island; Southport, Massachusetts; and New York City.

Life is a Verb Book Tour, Part I

View this montage created at One True Media

Life is a Verb Book Tour, Part II

View this montage created at One True Media

Patti Reading from "Life is a Verb" at the Georgia Center for the Book

Patti Reading at the Georgia Center for the Book

Pattidigh--georgia center

Resources for Meeting Planners: Audio/Video and other Speaker Needs

Audio Visual Requirements


In an effort to have your event run as smoothly as possible, please arrange to have the following items for Patti’s presentation:

 • A Lavaliere Microphone. UHF Broadcast Quality. Patti much prefers a wireless Countryman headset microphone. If one is not available, please provide a wireless lavaliere microphone and have backup lavaliere batteries on hand.

 • LCD Digital Projector and Screen along with laptop. Should be able to project an image of 1024 x 768 resolution. Patti will bring her presentation on a flash drive for upload to the host computer (and/or will also have her Macbook available.)

 • House Sound System with stereo mini-jack cable to provide audio directly from the laptop computer.

 • Small draped table with Water and a table lectern. (Patti does not use a podium lectern.)

 • Bar Stool for Patti to sit on (with a back, if at all possible)

In addition to the above, a sound and equipment check is requested prior to the event. Also, if meals are part of the conference presentation, please provide a simple, vegan salad for Patti.

Recording Devices

If you are interested in recording Patti’s presentation in either a video or audio format, please contact us prior to her arrival to discuss your needs and desires.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Suzanne Stemme at [email protected] or phone 903-765-2059.

August 10, 2009

Resources for Meeting Planners: Audio & Video Files


Video Files:

Patti Digh Keynote at American Society of Association Executives: Great Ideas Conference, February 2009.

Why 37 Days?

Why 37 days? from Patti Digh on Vimeo.

The Global Barn Raising:  International Creation of Illustrations for Life is a Verb

Untitled from Patti Digh on Vimeo.


Life is a Verb Book Tour Video

Author Patti Digh was overwhelmed (in a good way!) by all the invitations she received from readers of her blog, 37days, when her new book came out. This short video captures some of the stops on what would become a "Life is a Verb" grassroots 32-city book tour (and more to come!).

LIFE IS A VERB goes on the road! from Patti Digh on Vimeo.


Audio File Featuring Patti Digh: 

Georgia Center for the Book (Reading for Life is a Verb)

Principled Innovation Podcast (Interview)

Winkipod Australia (Interview)

Diversity Matters Radio Show (Interview)



August 09, 2009

Resources for Meeting Planners: Patti's Professional Experience


Co-founder, The Circle Project, Asheivlle & Seattle, 2005-present.

RealWork, Washington, D.C. & Asheville. 1996-present

Consulting, research and writing, facilitation, strategic development, and experiential diversity and leadership training for nonprofit and corporate executives and organizations. Projects include:

  • Co-founder of The Circle Project, offering experiential and multidisciplinary approaches to diversity and inclusion issues in organizations and communities
  • Creation of diversity strategies for national nonprofit organizations, corporations & educational institutions
  • Design and delivery of diversity and leadership training, both online and face-to-face
  • Facilitation of Board strategic planning, appreciative inquiry conferences, and global meetings
  • Delivery of keynote addresses on global leadership, cultural difference, and diversity

Faculty, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, Portland, OR, 1996-present. As part of an international faculty, develop and teach weeklong courses, including:

  • “Understanding Cultures in Global Corporations”
  • “Developing Diversity Strategies in Nonprofits and Educational Institutions”
  • “Using Storytelling to Lead Change and Diversity Efforts”
  • “Building Effective Diverse Teams”
  • “Humor and Play as Intercultural Tools”

Vice President, International and Diversity Programs, Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, VA, 1989-1996.

  • Launched organizational divisions, including the Institute for International HR and award-winning Diversity Initiative, for the world’s largest HR association, with over 200,000 members
  • Created and launched publications and other member benefits such as the award-winning MOSAICS diversity newsletter, International HR newsletter, and WorldLink newsletter
  • Developed educational programming including the Diversity Train the Trainer Certification program, International HR Certification Program, and National Diversity Conference
  • Developed and led more than 50 bilateral meetings and national and international conferences
  • Established SHRM as headquarters for the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA). Personally awarded WFPMA Presidential Medal in 1991 for this work
  • Acted as staff liaison for International Board and committees of the Society

Director, In-Country Experiential Education, Semester at Sea International Education Program, University of Pittsburgh, One-semester appointment, 1988.

  • Responsible for implementation of over 60 experiential education programs in 10 countries
  • Acted as liaison between Semester at Sea faculty, host country faculty, and students
  • Created orientation and educational materials for each country visited

Director, International Programs, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C., 1985-1988

  • Led international activities of association representing presidents and chancellors of U.S.state colleges and universities
  • Developed international linkages and campus teacher development programs on global issues
  • Launched two newsletters
  • Created and administered a national Japanese Studies Teacher Education program
  • Acted as liaison to International Board

Program Director, International Council on Education for Teaching, Washington, DC, 1984-85.

  • Responsible for USAID-funded program designed to bring international educators to the United States for intensive internships with counterparts.


Resources for Meeting Planners: Patti's Publications


Author, Creative is a Verb, Globe Pequot Press (coming in 2010).

Following up on her successful Life is a Verb, and in the tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Patti Digh here presents a book that leads readers by both heart and head to acknowledge, reinforce, and use their own creative abilities. Stories and exercises are enhanced by original artwork and an inviting design. Thirty-seven related essays are organized around six overarching themes that guide readers (whether actual “artists” or not) beyond the fear of creativity to embrace their inner artist. Among the themes: “Put down your clever” (no more trying to be smart), “See the pencil” (learning to really see again.), “Throw more pots” (focusing on the process, not the outcome), and “Close the door” (finding ten minutes a day
for oneself).

Author, Life is a Verb, Globe Pequot Press, 2008.

Author, “The Salute,” in Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert, Random House, 2006.

Co-author. The Global Diversity Desk Reference, John Wiley, 2003.

Co-author. Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures, Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Founding Editor

MOSAICS Newsletter (Society for Human Resource Management), founder, editor and contributor, 1994-1997.  This award-winning effort is still in publication. 

Selected articles

"Redefine normal." Skirt, April 2007.

"Time to stop creating tame solutions for wicked problems." Asheville Citizen-Times, 3/1/07.

"Choose your seatmates wisely." Skirt, December 2006.

"Eat slowly and thank the chef." Skirt,  October 2006.

"Be Outraged by Your Own Racism." Asheville Citizen-Times, 3/24/05

"Why can’t we have White History Month?" Asheville Citizen-Times, 2/11/05.

"Let’s Never Get Complacent over Stereotypical Images of People." Asheville Citizen-Times, 1/10/05.

"The White Leg Syndrome." Executive Update, Oct. 2003.

"One Style Doesn’t Fit All." HRMagazine, November 2002.

"The Art of Making Decisions." Executive Update. December 2001.

"The Need for Better Diversity Metrics." Mosaics  (SHRM), November 2001.

"Diversity Goes Global." Mosaics (SHRM), November 2001.

"Developing Globally Literate Leaders." Training & Development, May 2001.

"Learning Matters: Reflective Decisiveness." Executive Update. Feb 2001.

"Culture, What Culture?" Association Management. February 2001.

"Diversity at Work." Executive Update, July 2000.

"White People are Diverse, Too." Association Management, June 2000.

"Misplaced Modifiers: Respectful Language Improves Accuracy." The Disability Messenger, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 1999.

"A Diversity Clearinghouse." Association Management. Nov. 1999.

"Getting People in the Pool: Diversity Recruitment that Works." HRMagazine, Oct 1999.

"In and Out of the Corporate Closet." Mosaics (SHRM), July/Aug 1999.

"Mentoring to Create a Diverse Pipeline for Talent." Mosaics (SHRM), March/April 1999.

"Developing a Diversity Statement." Association Management. February 1999.

"Doing the Right Thing Just Got Harder." Mosaics. (SHRM), Jan/Feb 1999.

"Religion in the Workplace: Make a Good-Faith Effort to Accommodate." HRMagazine, December 1998.

"Can’t Anyone Here Speak English?" Mosaics (SHRM), December 1998.

"The Next Challenge: Holding People Accountable for Diversity". HRMagazine, Oct 1998.

"Race Matters." Mosaics (SHRM), Sept/Oct 1998.The “I” in Ethics. Association Management. August 1998.

"America’s Largest Untapped Market." Fortune, March 1998.

"Well-managed Employee Networks Add Business Value." HRMagazine, 1997.

"Why Affinity Groups Matter." Association Management. August 1997.

"Shades of Gray in the Global Marketplace." HRMagazine. April 1997.

"75-plus Ideas to Get You Going Global". Association Management. October 1994.

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