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Professional Speaking & Executive Coaching

About Patrick

Patrick McWard is a passionate, kind, and empathic professional speaker, certified integral executive coach, and author dedicated to guiding organizations and leaders on a transformative journey toward creating cultures that are not only effective and rewarding but where everyone can be rooted in authenticity, fulfillment, empathy, and mindfulness. With a heart-centered approach, Patrick is the owner of NexStep Professional Speaking & Executive Coaching.

Over the course of more than two decades, Patrick has had the privilege of sharing his wisdom with over 2,800 audiences. His engagements have been met with overwhelming praise, with 97% of all audience members ranking him 5 out of 5 on statistically tracked programs over a 13-year period.

His clientele includes a remarkable range of organizations, from Fortune 1000 companies to government agencies and national associations, such as Price Waterhouse, Microsoft, Salesforce, Boston Scientific, GoGo, Abbott Labs, Cadillac, Multimedia Games, Kantor Operations, Briggs & Stratton, SAP, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the US Army, the Executive Branch, and the FDA, among many others.

Early in his career, Patrick's unique talents were recognized by Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Company, which promoted him to their number one sales territory out of 300 representatives, with four promotions within a four-year period.

After a successful corporate tenure in marketing, management, project management, and sales, Patrick embraced his entrepreneurial spirit. Today, alongside his roles as a professional speaker and certified executive coach, he is also an insightful writer, a talented artist, and a dedicated real estate investor. Above all, Patrick cherishes his most important role as the father of two wonderful young adult children.

Patrick's personal journey toward his current career path was sparked by a transformative six-month sabbatical in Costa Rica. During this period, he delved into self-discovery, aligning himself with his authentic essence and setting a new direction. Inspired by this awakening, he established his own speaking and coaching business, driven by a profound sense of purpose.

Patrick has authored two insightful books, and he holds a Master's degree in business. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he was elected President of The National Speakers Association of Illinois, leading a board of 12. His peers honored him with the prestigious "Member of the Year" award, and he was humbled to receive the "Nick Carter Award" for his unwavering enthusiasm and steadfast support of the speaking business.

His vision: "Empowering leaders to build organizations rooted in authenticity, fulfillment, empathy, and effectiveness."

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