Patricia Russell-McCloud

Patricia Russell McCloud lives the life she prescribes for others – a life that is well-balanced — full with love, compassion, purpose and passion. In addition to inspiring hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life each year to live up to their full potential, Pat devotes countless hours to mission work in South Africa. As an active member of several civic organizations, she also brings the same level of energy and focus and determination to helping in her community. There is one word which describes her best…unforgettable.

Patricia Russell-McCloud is a spellbinding professional orator identified in the bestseller Success Runs in Our Race, as one of the ten top speakers in America. Her dynamic oratorical style of delivery is rooted in a foundation of research and statistical data which provides her listeners with a great deal more than essential information. Black Enterprise magazine agrees, identifying Russell-McCloud as one of five top Business Motivational Speakers. As the immediate Past National President of The Links, Inc. and The Links Foundation, Inc. Russell-McCloud was visionary and purposeful in leadership. She ensured an era of organizational change for betterment. Russell-McCloud’s analytical ability to substantively address issues, including, but not limited to, achieving excellence, assuming leadership, sexual harassment,managing workplace diversity, virtual teams, women and youth issues, business ownership and operation, has motivated numerous audiences to make a positive difference.

As a member of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, (CLEO) Patricia studied at Harvard University School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate Degree. Prior to embarking upon her speaking career, she was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, Chief, Complaints Branch, Broadcast Bureau, for ten years. She has been the speaker of choice for corporations, foundations, school districts, government agencies, colleges and universities, and civic and community organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

Pat Russell-McCloud, J.D. is a phenomenal speaker. Each year, she speaks to more than 200,000 people in private and public organizations, in the United States and internationally. She has been respectfully dubbed “The Alphabet Lady” for her rousing motivational messages that give attitude a major adjustment.


Pat Russell-McCloud offers an array of keynotes speeches that have been requested over and over again. Clients know that each time the speech is given it will have been updated with the latest relevant information.

Pat also delivers customized speeches, and workshops supported by customized workbooks and articles, upon clients’ request.
Following are examples of some of her most often requested keynote topics.

Work and Life Balance

  • A is for Attitude
  • Juggling Work-Life Balance
  • Start Now: Catch-up is a Hard Game to Play
  • A Promotion from the Routine
  • Strategies to Be Your Best –All the Time
  • You, Inc.
  • How to Earn Mailbox Money
  • Following Your Passion
  • Being Your Personal CEO


  • Multi-culturalism: The 21st Century Mandate
  • Knowledge is Power
  • Intellectual Capital: The New Commodity
  • The Requirement: Global Readiness
  • What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
  • Brainpower: House a Mind that Knows More
  • Excellence Without Excuse
  • Lessons Learned: Reaching Beyond Your Grasp


  • Diversity: Working Together Works
  • Diversity: Celebrate the Differences


  • Leadership: A Risk Worth Taking
  • Leadership: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way
  • Leadership: The Unexpected Reward
  • Servant Leadership: The Real Thing

Full Biography

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 master at 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 100,000 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, National Association 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 the 11th National President of The Links, Inc., and the National Parliamentarian to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 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 Runs in 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, Georgia, Russell-McCloud is married to Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., Resident Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church, 18th Episcopal District, sub Saharan Africa.