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Inspiring Women....Find Peace, Purpose and Power

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Susan Tolles

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Rescheduled due to technical difficulties.

Today's guest, Pat Holland Conner, wrote her first autobiography for a second-grade class assignment. This early story, found years later in a cookbook after her mother’s death, reminded Pat of those past years of inner urgings for solace. Today this crinkled, browned, brittle and well-preserved writing confirms her longtime goals and the accompanying feelings.


Doorways to Significance: Finding Peace, Power & Passion is Pat’s story of growing up as an African-American female with white skin and the rejections, prejudices and biases she faced.

During undergraduate college days, she was encouraged by her sociology professor to remain and complete her higher education objectives, especially with impending work opportunities opening up for minorities and females following the passage of Civil Rights laws. Instead she took a job as the first African-American hired at a major utility company, and in subsequent years held similar first-time token positions as a file clerk, high school teacher, educational consultant and program manager.

Pat returned to school to pursue her graduate degree from University of Nevada, Reno. A licensed family therapist and substance abuse counselor, she has worked successfully as a therapist, trainer and educator in USA, Asia and the Middle East. Currently she owns Peaceful Path Consulting and provides counseling to small businesses and individuals, as well as promoting local education, self-growth and awareness events.

She is an inspirational speaker and began offering successful divorce and grief recovery workshops following her own divorce. Her presentations, humorous and poignant, are a compilation of theory, deeply held thoughts, ponderings, cultural experiences, travel and personal growth.