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Who is Tavetta Patterson?

Published Author

Public Speaker


Award Winning Leadership Expert

Award Winning Mentoring Expert

Certified Mentoring Program Trainer

Freedom Writer Teacher


Indiana University Northwest 

Senior University 

(Center for Urban and Regional Excellence)

Outschool Teacher (Online)


Program Developer

Workshop Instructor

World Changer

Worthy Empowerment Tour Founder

On a mission to help people 

discover and live their purpose!

Tavetta Patterson began writing and public speaking when she was 8 years old.  She has experience participating in speech contests; writing contests; radio interviews, conferences, marriage events, webinars, workshops and book talks.  She has 25 years of leadership development and mentoring experience.  She has 20 years of program development and implementation experience.

Tavetta Patterson is the President of Abundant Life Publications, a first class consulting and publishing company.  Since 2006 she published 10 magazines, 8 books, created a television program based on a magazine, wrote the initial television program treatment; then produced and hosted 13 television programs. 

Award Winning Mentor and Philanthropist:

Tavetta Patterson is the Founder of Gary Life Education Initiative Incorporated, a student focused, 501c3 organization that empowers children for life, through mentoring; youth leadership development; workforce development; an innovative care package program; college and career readiness. To date, she has provided services for 21,000 children. 

Public Speaker and Published Author:

Tavetta Patterson has spoken locally and nationally at colleges; corporations; education  conferences; leadership conferences; renewal events; schools; women's empowerment events; writers conferences and youth conferences.  

She has been featured on television programs such as You & Me This Morning (WCIU Television Station) and Fox WFLD-TV Chicago Television Station. She has been featured on WLTH and WYCA radio stations.

Tavetta Patterson is a Published Author of 5 books and a contributing Author featured in 2 books.  During grade school there were many teachers who believed in her ability as a writer and public speaker. She had the honor of writing her very first program and speaking on stage when she was 8 years old. During high school, Ms. Barnes, her English Teacher started submitting her poems to national contests. As a result, she had the honor of being a published writer as a high school student and that poem led to a collection of poems and speeches being written.  July 2002, she released her first book entitled, “The Tongue of Life” a collection of poems and speeches.  

August 2, 2014 she released her second and third books, a novel entitled, The Secrets We Keep and an inspirational memoir entitled, The Bridge that Brought Me Over."   August 2015, she released a book entitled, "From Mourning to the Morning" to help people with grief recovery.  The book was dedicated to her Mother, Addie Porter who passed Monday August 5, 2013 at 7a.m. as Tavetta stood by her bedside. The day was one of the most difficult experiences of her life; however, Tavetta was determined not to allow the experience to break her, so she wrote about the journey to peace to help other people navigate life during the transition of a loved one. 

She also wrote and released a book with her husband, Roosevelt D. Patterson, entitled, "Marriage Truths." The book was written to help people thrive in marriage. The book is a roadmap for victory in marriage.  Roosevelt and Tavetta Patterson have courageously walked through open doors to share valuable life lessons they have learned about life through 15 years of marriage.  They are available to speak at marriage conferences and events. 

Tavetta Patterson was invited to collaborate on a book entitled "Learning to Love Me." The book includes stories written by 20 different women from 10 different states. It was written to help people become a priority in their own life again.  Each book that she has written can be used as a tool to navigate various stages of this journey called, "Life."