Paula Patnoe Woodley is president of Woodley Communications, a boutique marketing communications agency that provides marketing research, strategy and creative development for clients ranging from small nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations up to Fortune 500 companies. She is also a sought-after communications coach helping individuals and organizations communicate with empathy, humor and respect. By using Liberating Structures methodologies, her clients unflatten communication, creatively problem-solve and open their minds to new possibilities. Additionally, she is a public-speaking coach preparing her clients for book tours, media interviews, competitions, conference presentations, TEDx Talks and more.
Fulfilling a lifelong goal to teach, Patnoe Woodley is honored to be a long-time adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, where she was awarded the university-wide Stephen B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2014. She has a dual appointment at USC, teaching in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Keck School of Medicine, School of Public Health. Maintaining an academic focus in entertainment-education, social marketing and health communication, she has published multiple articles on the media’s effect on learning, retention and behavior change.
Patnoe Woodley currently brings her expertise to multiple advisory boards in entertainment-education, healthcare and the arts. She serves on the board of directors of PCI Media, an award-wining, international organization that uses entertainment-education storytelling methodologies to change behaviors and save lives. Previously, she was the president of Sales and Marketing Executives Association International, Los Angeles, and served on the board of directors of the Bethune Ballet, All-Abilities Dance, and the West Hollywood Orchestra.
Patnoe Woodley earned her MA in communication at USC. Additionally, she is a semi-professional flute/piccolo player and a yoga master. Residing in Los Angeles and married to her college sweetheart, she has a daughter, granddaughter and two spoiled rescue pups.