Patricia DugganPatricia Duggan is a consultant and expert in leadership and communication. She is in the business of helping people become more competent, confident, and resilient. In addition to teaching courses and writing about change, she mentors early career professionals and coaches aspiring leaders. She became a widow in November 2014 and began speaking about the transformation brought about by significant life experiences and the need to stay positive, be strong, have resilience, and find one’s purpose to regain clarity about life. She authors the blog Solowingnow as an expression of the way she has changed as a result of her grief experience.

Prior to founding The Duggan Difference, Ms. Duggan was with the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management (ICM). She was Director of National Programs and served as the educational consultant for the National Association for Court Management (NACM). She was responsible for the delivery of and certification of Court Manager and Court Executive courses, both online and in-person. A new project she championed was the first hybrid version of one of ICM’s courses, with a half online, half in-person format. She delivered keynote addresses on leadership, taught certification courses and also certified faculty to teach those courses by conducting faculty development programs, developed educational agendas for professional development conferences, and implemented hybrid in-person/online programming.

Her court experience prior to that involved thirteen years in the South Dakota Unified Judicial System: eight years as a Circuit Court Administrator for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, and five years as State Court Administrator. She also served as a trial court administrator in Minnesota, a management analyst and Deputy Director of the New Mexico State Court Administrator’s Office, and a management analyst/Fair Hearings officer for the New Mexico Department of Human Services. In another lifetime, she was also a Certified Legal Assistant and Certified Professional Legal Secretary.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, a master’s degree in management, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. She is a lifelong learner, earning her the dubious distinction of being an over-achiever, although she prefers the term “high achiever.” She completed the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education, has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster status, is a John C. Maxwell Team certified coach, is a certified trainer for The Change Cycle, is a board member of the National Speakers Association-Virginia Chapter, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Association and the Non-Fiction Authors’ Association, and is a board member of her local homeowners association.

Best of all, she has successfully raised three children, who are now adults busy raising her five grandchildren. Since they don’t live near, she has expanded her household to include three dogs as well.