Ms. Patricia Turner
External Affairs; Points Light Institute
Patricia M. Turner serves as a consultant and executive coach to foundations, corporations, municipalities, universities and non-profit organizations interested in organizational alignment, strategic planning and change management. Pat’s expertise in board and program development, evaluation, and resource management has been particularly helpful to new institutions and those in the midst of change. Colleagues and clients appreciate Pat’s unique contribution to organizational challenges. Because she has been a trustee and staff member of institutions in the fields of higher education, arts and culture, and social service, she understands both perspectives.
Pat has served as a consultant to Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for more than sixteen years, assisting with strategic alignment, managing organizational change and strengthening volunteer leadership and governance practices. She recently worked with The World Health Organization and STTI on the development of global standards for nursing and midwifery education. In addition to work with STTI, she has consulted with The Foundation Board of The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, The Association of Hospital Internal Auditors, and The Foundation Board of the National League of Nurses. Pat served as the Chair of The External Advisory Board of The Indiana University School of Nursing, and as a board member of the External Advisory Board of The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Her contributions to the field of leadership development are wide and varied. She has been a Master Educator, Principal writer, and Consultant with the Trustee Leadership Development organization--a national leadership education program serving nonprofit organizations and their boards of trustees.
As an advisor and consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship Program, Pat shared leadership expertise, designed and facilitated national and international learning experiences, and fostered the personal and professional growth of Kellogg fellows. She served as coach and trainer for the Pew Charitable Trust’s Civic Entrepreneurship Program and is now the lead consultant to the Hull Leadership Program sponsored by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Her work with the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and MDC focuses on grassroots leadership in southern communities. As a member of the advisory board of The Emory University Center for Ethics, she works closely with their Greenleaf Servant Leadership program and serves as a guest lecturer.
She has authored articles on the subject of leadership, voluntarism, and organizational change. An accomplished speaker, Pat served as keynoter at several national conferences and meetings and appeared on local and national television. Her previous positions include the following: Founding Director, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Founding Director of the Indiana Youth Institute, Executive Vice President of the Tenth Pan American Games, and Founding Director of Girls Incorporated’s National Resource Center. Pat is a graduate of Adelphi University in New York where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and English. She earned a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities, conferred by Franklin College for outstanding achievement in the field of social work and community advocacy. Her community service record is long and varied. It includes work at the local and national level in amateur sports, the arts, education, health, human services, voluntarism and youth work. She has been recognized numerous times for her outstanding voluntary contributions, including The Jefferson Award for outstanding Community Volunteer Achievement, presented by the National Institute for Public Service.