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Pass the Torch for Women Monthly Mentoring Chat

Julie Petr, Executive Director of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, hosts a monthly mentoring chat with business and community leaders.

Jun 27, 2015

Guest Bio:

Patty has over 30 years experience in assisting organizations in solving a variety of human resource issues created by ongoing organizational change. She has assisted a broad base of client companies, both locally and nationally in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, in growing, developing, retaining and transitioning their human resource assets. 


As a corporate executive with a multibillion dollar global organization for 12 years, followed by 20 years as the head of a highly regarded career and leadership development firm, Patty has both experienced and understands many of the challenges and opportunities facing organizations and their key leaders today.  Her expertise lies in an ability to assist leaders and teams in understanding themselves, the impact they have within their organizations and on others, opportunities for growth and enhanced leadership effectiveness, and action planning to meet both professional and personal goals. Her approach is collaborative and focuses on helping individuals build upon the strengths, skills and experiences that have contributed to their current success, while identifying opportunities and tools to help them significantly raise their leadership capital within the organizations they serve. 


Patty is a recognized and active leader in the Indianapolis business community, sitting on a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Much of her time has been spent in the relentless support for women and the issues they face both in and outside the business environment.  She is passionate in her belief that women have an obligation to help each other achieve all they choose to be.


Patty has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, as well as numerous post-graduate hours in career counseling and professional and leadership development. She is certified in numerous leadership assessment and developmental tools that she uses to both diagnose situations and create effective and measurable action plans. 


What We Learned from Patty:

  • How Patty overcame her lack of confidence when she went away to college and rushed a sorority
  • Why you must surround yourself with people that will tell you the truth if you want to grow
  • What advice Patty gives to someone moving into a leadership role for the first time
  • How she has responded to gender bias in the past
  • Why she became involved in Mentoring Women’s Network
  • How four primary character traits play a role in success
  • The critical need for authenticity in communication
  • Why you should be intentional in your career path from the start
  • When to say “No”
  • What she learned from the loss of her husband


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