Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH


Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH is an award winning speaker, advocate and influencer of change for fathers, men, boys, and families nationally and internationally. He has a powerful testimony of humble beginnings, challenges and triumphs with his own father, faith, and forgiveness. His journey also includes his inspirational transformation from graduating high school with a 1.3 GPA to earning a Bachelors Degree with honors and two Masters Degrees, all on full scholarship, which motivates students at all levels. Patrick’s life and story are stirring and full of principles that have helped many to find their path to success. 
Throughout Patrick’s career he has been a featured keynote, workshop leader or trainer in 43 states, the US Virgin Islands and 5 different countries. He currently serves as a consultant to the NFL Players Association, providing training to current and former NFL Players on fatherhood, parenting, and healthy relationships. Requests for Patrick to deliver inspiration range widely, however his most requested talks focus on: 

• Working with Fathers 
• The 7 Building Blocks of Support
   Needed by Men
• The 5 Habits of Good Fathers that
   Build Strong Children 
• The Spirit of Fatherhood 
• Men and Boys heal differently, a
  guide for teachers and helping

Patrick‘s personal journey, education, experience, and deep passion for helping families have afforded him the opportunity to serve in executive leadership positions at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, US Department of Health and Human Services in Philadelphia, and as manager for national initiatives under President George W. Bush (the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center) and under President Barack H. Obama administrations (the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse). 

Throughout his career, Patrick has gained national attention and a strong reputation as a skilled technical assistance provider, leading and coaching public and private sector leaders, social workers, teachers, and professionals who work with fathers, men and boys, helping them to understand how to effectively engage and work with them.  

Patrick is a native of Columbia, SC where he annually hosts the SC Fatherhood and Male Achievement Conference, one of the largest convening’s in the southeast region of the US focused on building, connecting, and providing resources to Fathers, Men, and Boys. 
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sherani Ashford Patterson, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Peyton and Lorin who Patrick co-authored the popular children’s book, “I Love When Daddy Reads to Me”. The book encourages and celebrates Dads reading with their children, while introducing new readers to 36 sight words and can be found on-on the Barnes and Nobles, Books A Million, and Amazon websites.

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