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Patti Dobrowolski Bio

Patti Dobrowolski, author of 9 Tips to Up Your Creative Genius and DRAWING SOLUTIONS: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life, is the founder of Up Your Creative Genius, a consulting firm that uses visuals and creative processes to help companies and individuals around the world accelerate growth and change.

Patti is a critically acclaimed comic performer, writer, business consultant, and an internationally recognized keynote and three-time TEDx speaker. She has brought innovative visual practices to Fortune 100 companies, governments, not for profits, and small businesses.

Patti holds a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her signature TEDx talk, Draw Your Future has received close to 6 million views across all channels. She has since received thousands of comments and messages from people sharing their stories of how her talk helped them to change their business and their lives.

In 2004, the Association for Women honored Patti with the “Woman of Achievement” award and in 2019 she was invited to speak at the UN in New York city for the Ideagen Globals 2030 – Empowering Women & Girls Summit. She is on the Advisory Board for Women in Cloud, an organization committed to expanding economic pathways for women through technology.

Her large format strategic illustrations grace the walls of Microsoft Inc, Starbucks, Amazon, Pepsico, Turner Broadcasting, FritoLay North America, Genentech, Brooks Running, Providence Health Services, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA and The Seattle Space Needle.

Patti lives with her wife Julie and three dogs on a small urban farm in Fort Worth, Texas.

Some of the fantastic client's I've worked with

Top Keynote Topics I Speak About

While my most requested keynotes often reflect my TEDx talks, these are additional topics I speak about. In my 30 years as a consultant in high level change management and visual thinking, I’ve gathered many powerful stories and images. These paint a picture for your audience, helping them increase their desire to lead change and empower others to achieve amazing results.

What my fantastic clients say


“Patti’s dynamic presentation inspired participants to envision their communities’ ecosystem. Not only did they draw their future, they left armed with tools to apply their learnings to their communities. Powerful!”
Patti's drawing

Xan Black, SLECop Chief of Staff, TIES


“Our session with you was so powerful, that visual lives on everyone’s screen saver as a constant reminder of where we are going and what to focus on next. If you ever want a full-time job, you’ve got one here at Brooks!”
Brooks Shoes

Dan Sheridan, SVP Sales, Brooks Running Company


“Thank you so very much for your inspirational kick-off to the NAO 2016 conference last week in Washington, D.C! It couldn’t have been any better! Your energy, enthusiasm and creative genius set the stage.”

Robert Trachtenberg, National AHEC Organization CEO, AHEC


Sample Interview Questions

Draw Your Future

  • How did you get started with the Draw your Future process?
  • What is the Draw Your Future method and how has it affected your life?
  • Can you share stories of other people’s success with Draw Your Future?
  • What should people realize about the benefits of drawing a picture of the future?
  • What’s the difference between a vision board and drawing it yourself?
  • Why is visual goal setting so powerful?

TEDx Talks

  • When did you first start speaking?
  • How did you land that first TEDx talk?
  • If you could give someone only one piece of advice on how to land a TEDx talk, what would it be?
  • What tips or tricks did you learn acting on Broadway that helped you when you became a public speaker?

Virtual Meetings

  • How long have you been facilitating virtual meetings?
  • How do you use visuals during a virtual meeting?
  • What other tools have you used in virtual meetings that help maintain engagement?
  • What makes virtual meetings different from live in person meetings? How are the same and how are they different?

Live Graphic Capture

  • How did you first become a graphic recorder?
  • Why is visual capture of meetings helpful?
  • What advice would you give to someone wanting to learn?
  • Where do your images come from and who inspires you?

Inclusive Leadership

  • What examples have you seen of inclusive leadership in meetings?
  • How might a leader expand their skills in inclusion, equity and diversity?
  • Why is it important to be an authentic and inclusive leader?
  • What books are you currently reading that our audience might be interested in?

Some of my past speaking events


  • Pillar New Product Summit 2022
  • STEM Ecosystem Conference 2022
  • Elevate 2022
  • Destination Imagination 2022
  • 2022 SLECoP Convening
  • Pro X Summit
  • Make48 Finals Competition


  • Women in Cloud Digital Summit – emcee, Rock Your Pitch
  • Remo Summit – Draw Your Future into Reality
  • Nike WDC Accessibility & the Future
  • F5 – Annual EIG Seattle Group
  • Pillar New Product Summit
  • Missouri State 4H Visioning the Future
  • Women in Cloud Inspire – Leadership Keys
  • Summer Bridge Program – DeBruce Foundation
  • Visioning the Cloud Business – WIC
  • DeBruce Vships Panel
  • WIC UNGA Conference – emcee


2019 and beyond

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Let’s Leverage Fun to Get Fantastic Results!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this far down the page. I’m super excited to meet with you and help you on your journey to Up Your Creative Genius. If you’re ready, grab an opening in my calendar and book an event! Let’s unlock your potential — and blast off!
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