“Patty is a business leadership speaker who has actually been a successful business leader.”

—I want my audiences to be able to DO something new. I give them useful insights and inspire them to act.

It’s not just about the talking...

Some leadership speakers are business experts.
Other leadership speakers are inspirational.
With Patty, you get both.

Because of the extraordinary nature of her her own, fast growing career as a technology business executive, Patty brings a perspective unlike other business speakers. As a result, people are drawn to her heartfelt, no-nonsense, often humorous stories about surviving and mastering the unavoidable realities of running a business. Audiences leave with a practical understanding of how to get their organizations moving forward, and also how to lead as an executive while still being a decent human being in the process.

Patty's Background

Patty’s remarkable story took a major step forward when she became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33. She ran a $1B software business at the age of 35. And she became a CEO for the first time at the age of 38 (without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk).

Patty has held executive roles in General Management, Marketing, Software Product Development, and Sales. She has transformed large and small businesses, and has significant international management experience.

Patty has over 20 years of experience speaking to international audiences as large as 10,000 and as varied as Financial Services, Manufacturing, High Tech, Consumer Products, Education, Fashion, Energy, Public Service and Professional Associations, and Women's Leadership Networks.

Book Patty for your Keynote, Customer Event, User Group, Professional Conference, Leadership Summit, Annual Meeting, Advisory Board, or Networking Event.

Inc. Magazine names Patty Azzarello as one of the top 100 most innovative leadership speakers for 2018

Patty Azzarello became the youngest General Manager at HP at age 33.
She ran a billion dollar software business at 35.
And she became a CEO for the first time at 38 (without turning into a self-centered, miserable, jerk).

Marketo Summit: Keynote Speaker
Thriving at Work

Preview some of Patty's talks here as well as her watch (above) her TEDx talk: Reclaiming Humanity at Work

Patty Launches MOVE on 5th Ave in NYC

Patty talks to CIOs

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Popular Keynote Topics


MOVE: Leading Business Transformation

Companies invest huge amounts of time, effort and money to define a new business strategy. But so often, after the exciting kickoff, the new strategy fails to take hold. Executives are left asking, “What happened? Where is the urgency? Where is the accountability? Where is the action?

Patty will reveal how a single shift in leadership behavior can get your whole organization truly aligned and motivated to stick with your strategy, avoid distractions, overcome obstacles and risks, and keep momentum when it gets hard. In this insightful and pragmatic talk based on her bestselling book MOVE, Patty shares the missing element to get your organization executing your strategy instead of just talking about it. Learn how to implement strategic transformation in your business. Leaders will leave inspired AND knowing what to do.


YOU DRIVE: Creating More Success and Satisfaction in Your Career

Learn what makes the key difference between a thriving career and a greuling job. In this talk, Patty shows audiences how to take control of their own careers, and how to gain the recognition and support necessary to enjoy growing success and satisfaction at work. She shares personal, inspiring, and highly practical stories about how she developed the persistence to overcome the many career risks and obstacles we all face -- to create genuine breakthroughs. Patty will also show you how to reclaim your authentic self at work, build your confidence, and how to make work choices that add more value to your company and thus to your own career -- without sacrificing your soul in the process.


"Backwards and in High Heels"

Patty is regularly called upon to do keynotes and workshops for women’s leadership networks and events. Women are inspired by Patty’s own personal business and career success, but also with her openness and generosity in sharing the practical way forward with others. In this context, Patty addresses all the hard business and career challenges every leader needs to deal with -- but with the weird stories, extra challenges, and and social and political roadblocks of doing it while female. Her personal, yet very practical stories highlight the value of the extra persistence, guts, and patience that are required to succeed, and she leaves other women inspired and motivated that they can do it too. As Ginger Rogers, the female half of the famous movie dancing duo said of her partner Fred Astair, “I did everything he did, but backwards and in high heels.”