PATTI COTTON - Leader & Diplomat
Patti Cotton, Founder and CEO of Cotton Group, LLC, is a sought-after leader and strategist whose background includes more than 25 years of multi-cultural leadership experience around the globe, in the areas of diplomatic relations, philanthropy, public relations, and communications.
As a diplomat, she and her spouse engaged with leaders across the world to foster international relations.
As chief development officer for Loma Linda University Medical Center’s five-hospital healthcare system, Patti designed the strategy and built and led a team to the successful completion of multiple campaign initiatives, raising a record $21.3 million within a short window of time. It was, in the estimation of many, an unreachable goal.
As an executive consultant and coach, trainer, international Fortune 500 speaker, and author, Patti brings this wealth of experience to her executive consulting clients, to the corporate teams she develops, and to the audiences she effectively engages as a speaker.
Through her signature 360˚Leadership brand, Patti works with executives, business owners, and other chief decision-makers to engage, elevate, and equip them for greater leadership and outcomes. She also provides training, facilitation, workshops, and retreats in such areas as actionable strategic planning; critical communications and conflict management; taking purpose to make impact; breaking through immunities to change; and other leadership-related topics.
Patti is a guest lecturer at select universities on conflict management, leadership, organizational development, and advanced coaching methodologies; and a mediator for the state of California. She is a monthly contributor to "Women, Money, and Mindset" for the Press-Enterprise's Business column, and has been recognized by Inland Empire magazine as one of the most influential women in the region.
As an active community volunteer and board member, Patti supports initiatives that promote the health and welfare of women and children, including helping women business owners grow and sustain their businesses. A percentage of profit is donated to supporting alternatives to domestic violence. Patti is a three-time recipient of The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.
Cotton Group, LLC, a California corporation based in Riverside, California, was founded by Patti Cotton in 2009.
Develop and Elevate my Thinking and Decision-making to Meet Complex Challenges
"Who coaches the CEO? I coach everyone else. Having a coach who helps you see things from multiple perspectives, who has been there and done that so she understands, who can help me sift through, prioritize, strategize, vision, and take this to action – priceless!"
Family Business Quick Growth, Need for Restructure, Leadership Development, Alignment of People, Processes and Systems
"We had grown from a 4-person family business to 200 employees in less than 10 years. The way we had done things didn’t work anymore. There were so many things to think about – leadership development, succession planning, refining systems and processes... As I thought about all this, the stress and confusion for me was high. A colleague referred me to Patti. Not only did she help me think through a best strategic approach to scale and grow, having her as a thought partner helped me to lead at my best to propel the company forward."
Support Restructuring and Rebuilding of Company, and Develop Team to Support Healthy Culture and Performance, to Outperform Competition
"As new President, I inherited a fragmented executive team and an old business model that no longer worked. I knew it would require a lot of work, and I would need an expert advisor to help strategize and do the work. Patti has been that for me. Now, the company is not just surviving – it’s thriving. And we expect to outperform the competition this next year."
Expert Sounding Board to Keep Growing and Stay Ahead of the Curve
"Leading was not new to me, but assuming chief responsibilities at a time of great change was a lot to deal with. Where do you find a supportive and strategic sounding board who challenges you to continue growing so that you stay ahead of the curve? Every leader needs to have such a trusted advisor. Thank you, Patti."
Lead Through and Manage Complexity and Change Well
"Navigating the last two years has been the greatest challenge of my career. Changes in the industry, complications from COVID and managing a remote workforce have created a business landscape I have never encountered. Patti helps me to sift through tough decisions and critical situations I cannot take elsewhere."
Confidence in Judgment, Decision-making, Execution, Leading Team
"Trusting my instincts about decision-making was difficult with the changes we had experienced at our firm. After working with Patti, I have much greater confidence in my instincts and my judgment, which has resulted in a greater efficiency in my team and improved the quality of our service."