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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Aug 1, 2023

What is a changemaker and who can become one? In this episode, Dr. Patti Talbot defines what a changemaker is and explains that you don’t need to be someone extraordinarily special to make the change you want to see. Patti emphasizes working together to make change and shares some success stories from working with changemakers. Patti also talks about her career in education, founding Blue Roads Education Group, creating her podcast (On Your Own Terms) and public speaking.  

3:16 Patti talks about her career in education and starting Blue Roads Education Group 

5:25 Patti explains her podcast and interview format 

8:40 Patti shares when and why she started her podcast 

10:22 Patti describes her public speaking about changemakers and why you don’t have to be special to become a changemaker 

15:37 Patti defines “changemakers,” and shares her hope for changemakers 

20:40 Patti talks about some success stories from changemakers. 

24:41 Patti shares a resource that has helped her. 



One of my favorite definitions comes out of the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom, but I've tweaked it a little bit. Their definition of a changemaker is anyone who sees a social or environmental problem and has the skills and the grit to do something about it. Now, I've tweaked that a little bit because what I certainly know is no changemaker actually acts alone, so I've changed it to go this way: a changemaker is someone who sees a social or environmental problem and has the skills and the grit to work with others to do something about it. That work with others in partnership is pretty critical to what it means to be a change maker. Dr. Patti Talbot, founder and CEO of Blue Roads Education Group 



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About the guest:     

Patti is the founder and CEO of Blue Roads Education Group She cultivates the work of social changemakers who have a longing to create a more equitable, inclusive and healthful world for everyone by helping them develop the specific skills and confidence needed to take courageous action for change.  


As a public educator in pre-K through graduate education for more than 35 years, Patti’s been a part of the growth journey for people of all ages and stages of life. By focusing on the four big ideas inherent in the company mantra, Homegrown Solutions for a Patchwork World, she now helps clients honor their roots and transform the way they show up and work with diverse others. Her work helps clients gain the courage needed to transcend their roles as "good citizens" to become "global changemakers," working for equity and justice for all. 


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