Patricia Russell McCloud

Motivational Speaker

Russell-McCloud is a “visual speaking experience.” With more than 20 years on the lecture circuit, she is categorized as being one of the nation’s best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well-researched, pertinent to her audiences, and entertaining, whether for the public or private sector. She is distinguished and distinct. Her style is classified as “big, broad and animated" which leaves her audiences anxious for more.

With each presentation, she demonstrates, yet again, that she is a masterat her craft as she artfully seeks to master the spoken word. In sum, this is a “speaker’s speaker” who specializes ascertaining the organization’s culture, interests and challenges. The client, in turn, receives the value-add of the experience and exposure to this qualitatively measurable speaker who is, in a word, unforgettable.

Each year she speaks to more than 200,000 people in private and public organizations, in the United States and internationally. She encourages her listeners to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and...the possible. Her client list includes, but is not limited to, AARP, Nationa lAssociation of Women’s Business Owners; AT&T, Women’s Food Service Forum, eWomen’s Network, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, General Motors, American Honda, Cox Enterprises, McDonald’s, Northrop Grumman, General Electric, McGraw Hill Publishing, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Xerox, Procter & Gamble, and The United States Postal Service. Each company has benefited from having Russell-McCloud share her informed, inspirational wisdom and wit.

As a member of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), she studied at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree at Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC. Prior to embarking upon her speaking career, Russell-McCloud was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, Chief, Complaints Branch, Broadcast Bureau, Washington, DC for ten years. Then she decided to follow her true passion which was to be a business entrepreneur and global professional orator. Born in Indianapolis, IN, and graduating from Kentucky State University she knew that her true career connection was to prepare meaningful presentations for diverse audiences, and to meet them at their point of need.

She has received many honors, including being presented more than 300 keys to American cities. She has served as the11th National President of The Links, Inc., and the National Parliamentarian to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She has been named as one of the top five business motivators in the country by Black Enterprise Magazine; identified as one of the top 10 speakers in America, “Success Runsin Our Race”; featured in ESSENCE Magazine, and in EBONY magazine as one of the most influential people in the United States, and featured as the cover story of SPEAKER magazine, National Speaker’s Association 2007 July/August.

A resident of Atlanta, GA, Russell- McCloud is married to Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., the 127th elected and consecrated Bishop of the AME Church, 15th Episcopal District, Resident Bishop, Cape Town, South Africa. 

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    Diversity, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Social, Teambuilding, Women's Issues, Youth

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    Georgia

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    $10,000 - $15,000

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Pat Russell-McCloud

Russell-McCloud is a “visual speaking experience.” With more than 20 years on the lecture circuit, she is categorized as being one of the nation’s best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well-researched, pertinent to her audiences, and entertaining, whether for the public or private sector. She is distinguished and distinct. Her style is classified as “big, broad and animated" which leaves her audiences anxious for more.

With each presentation, she demonstrates, yet again, that she is a masterat her craft as she artfully seeks to master the spoken word. In sum, this is a “speaker’s speaker” who specializes ascertaining the organization’s culture, interests and challenges. The client, in turn, receives the value-add of the experience and exposure to this qualitatively measurable speaker who is, in a word, unforgettable.

Each year she speaks to more than 200,000 people in private and public organizations, in the United States and internationally. She encourages her listeners to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and...the possible. Her client list includes, but is not limited to, AARP, Nationa lAssociation of Women’s Business Owners; AT&T, Women’s Food Service Forum, eWomen’s Network, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, General Motors, American Honda, Cox Enterprises, McDonald’s, Northrop Grumman, General Electric, McGraw Hill Publishing, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Xerox, Procter & Gamble, and The United States Postal Service. Each company has benefited from having Russell-McCloud share her informed, inspirational wisdom and wit.

As a member of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), she studied at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree at Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC. Prior to embarking upon her speaking career, Russell-McCloud was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, Chief, Complaints Branch, Broadcast Bureau, Washington, DC for ten years. Then she decided to follow her true passion which was to be a business entrepreneur and global professional orator. Born in Indianapolis, IN, and graduating from Kentucky State University she knew that her true career connection was to prepare meaningful presentations for diverse audiences, and to meet them at their point of need.

She has received many honors, including being presented more than 300 keys to American cities. She has served as the11th National President of The Links, Inc., and the National Parliamentarian to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She has been named as one of the top five business motivators in the country by Black Enterprise Magazine; identified as one of the top 10 speakers in America, “Success Runsin Our Race”; featured in ESSENCE Magazine, and in EBONY magazine as one of the most influential people in the United States, and featured as the cover story of SPEAKER magazine, National Speaker’s Association 2007 July/August.

A resident of Atlanta, GA, Russell- McCloud is married to Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., the 127th elected and consecrated Bishop of the AME Church, 15th Episcopal District, Resident Bishop, Cape Town, South Africa. 

  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Motivation
  • Social
  • Teambuilding
  • Women's Issues
  • Youth

Excerpts from comments by attendees of the CABLE Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

…I just had to drop you an email to say thank you. You were powerful. I left the luncheon feeling empowered, inspired, motivated, exhilarated, charged, and running the alphabets through my head. Last night I was thinking that I wanted this series to reach the moon. You took us there and back./Congratulations to you and your committee for an AMAZING Program. What a dynamo speaker Patricia was!/I can not begin to tell you how incredible today’s program was. Patricia Russell McCloud knocked it so far out of the park that we may never see that ball again!

Maxine Westaway, Executive Director, TIAW

On behalf of The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) I would like to thank you for speaking at this year’s Global Forum “Inspiring Women Leaders: Global Collaboration.” Your presentation on Achieving Excellence and Assuming Leadership was fantastic and received the most glowing feedback we’ve ever had on a speaker. Many stated you were the best motivational speaker they’ve ever heard, including attendees from Europe. As you are aware, TIAW is an umbrella organization for both individuals and business women’s associations, representing more than 50,000 women from many different countries and cultures around the world.

Kathleen Alessandro, President, NAWBO Greater Detroit

It happened the day after, a week later, a month later and now even two months later – people are STILL talking about “that amazing woman who spoke at the NAWBO Greater Detroit event in September”! They are still talking about Patricia Russell-McCloud. She wowed, impressed, engaged, and educated NAWBO Greater Detroit members and their guests. Not only are people still talking about her speech that evening – but they are still quoting her inspirational, humorous, insightful, and profound messages. In this age of divas, drama queens and superfi cial thinkers, we welcomed and savored the spoken words of Patricia Russell-McCloud - a woman of intellect, passion, wisdom, energy, and substance.
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