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Pat Bio

Pat Holland Conner wrote her first autobiography for a third-grade class assignment. This early story, found years later in a cookbook after her mother’s death, reminded her of those past years of inner urgings to express her creativity using pen and paper. Today this crinkled, browned, brittle and well-preserved script confirms her longtime goals and the feelings accompanying them.

“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. The theme of this memoir is: “It’s never too late to change the brokenness.”

Pat’s second book, “Becoming Significant: Awakening the Power Within,” a self-improvement, non-fiction guide, offers growth tools for enhancing self-esteem, personal value and inner worth. Theme of this book is: “It’s up to you to manifest the life you deserve.”

During her undergraduate studies, Pat was admonished by her sociology professor to remain in school 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 completed graduate studies at University of Nevada, Reno, and is a licensed family therapist and substance abuse counselor. She has worked successfully as an agency and private practice therapist, trainer and educator in USA, Asia and the Middle East.

She also established Peaceful Path Consulting designed to provide counseling to small businesses and individual owners as well as to promote local education, self-growth and awareness events within northern Nevada.

In the early days as an inspirational speaker and workshop leader, Pat offered successful divorce and grief recovery workshops titled, “Beginning Again: Rebuilding Your Life.” She now gives presentations as a guest speaker and creates workshops for different venues, including local schools, hospitals, business and service organizations, community colleges, spiritual centers and mental health agencies.



K. C. Boone
2015-09-27, 00:00
Unto thine own self be true. This book teaches simply how to be honest with yourself and
why you should.
Sybil Woodhouse
2015-09-26, 08:55
Very clear and helpful book. I believe everyone who reads it will see some of themselves and their similar challenges in it. This would be the foundation of an excellent, ongoing workshop where people could support and interact with each other on their journey to significance. However, it would be just as impactful to do it by yourself if you are committed to changing your life. Pat has a way of presenting the material to keep you interested and motivated. At the same time, the information is easy to understand. I can’t wait to see more and go on my own journey.
2015-09-25, 21:27
I read the book once and I’m going to read it again, it needs to really soak in. If you care about your personal self-care, this is the book to read. I’ll be waiting for Volume II.
James Beasley
2015-09-25, 21:23
This is a great book and an easy read from the first page to the last. Pat tells her story honest and forthright and doesn’t leave out anything. I felt her struggle throughout and know why she had to put it down in print. Everyone can identify with some aspect of her journey. I recommend this book to everyone. It will be beneficial to all.
Vicki A. King
2015-09-25, 20:26
I truly enjoyed every page of this wonderful book. It is a beautiful story of inner struggle and personal triumph; inspiring and touching, as I shared Pat’s journey to fulfillment. I applaud her for her courage in being candid and real about her feelings and struggles along her path. I would recommend this book to readers of all race, gender and religion.