“I’ve heard through our friend, Cathe Kruger, that you are embarking on an exciting endeavor with your new business & life strategy consultancy, Joyful Planet. Congratulations! I share your vision of a more joyful planet created by 7.2 billion people all coming from a place of joy, engaging joyfully with one another and making joy-filled contributions to the world. My heart fills with joy to know that you are dedicating your life to this vision!

I wish you much success, fulfillment and JOY in this important work for our people and planet.

Thank you, again, for all the great work that you and your former agencies, PadillaCRT, CRT/tanaka and PT&Co., have done for more than a decade in bringing hope, love and joy to the people of South Africa through your valuable support of The Phelophepa Train of Hope.

With Much Gratitude and Joy!”

  • Desmond Tutu, Archbishop-Emeritus, Cape Town, South Africa

“Patrice Tanaka is an inspirational speaker, mentor and powerful force who spreads the message to ‘pursue your joy with a sense of urgency.’ I’m grateful to have been the beneficiary of her encouragement to pursue my joy. Patrice was one of the first people to suggest that I start my own publishing business. And as a testament to her confidence in me, she also signed up her then-PR agency to be my first client.

Today, I am the publisher of CommPRO.biz, a global community of 95,000+ global corporate communications C-suite professionals. I’ve had the great good fortune to provide the platform (at a NYC networking reception and a Google+ Hangout On-Air) for Patrice to share her message of “joy” with the CommPRO community. She ‘wowed’ them. Her talks, her words – pure joy.

I am so thrilled to see Patrice focusing her energy through Joyful Planet to help many others live their life’s purpose and unleash greater fulfillment and joy in their life. Our planet is definitely a more joyful one because of Patrice!”

“Patrice has been a long-time leader of New York Women in Communications as a Matrix Award winner and former President of our organization. We are thrilled that she continues to give back to NYWICI as a coach and mentor through her new consultancy, Joyful Planet. She is warm, loving and highly effective. Recently, Patrice conducted a 90-minute ‘Coaching Salon’ entitled, ‘Live Your Life’s Purpose and Unleash Your Joy’ for 20 of our members, which was very positively received. She generously extended free follow-up sessions to participants, which was greatly appreciated by everyone especially those who took her up on her offer. I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend Patrice for individual coaching, group workshops and inspirational speaking engagements on her favorite topic, living your life’s purpose.”

“Patrice’s mission to help create a more joyful planet is evident in everything she says and does. As a mentor, she helps put that at the center of one’s decision-making; as a friend, her warmth is all-enveloping; and as a business leader, her personal journey is awe-inspiring. If you’re looking for a business coach or speaker who will help you take your own steps towards finding and fulfilling your joy, look no further than Patrice.”

  • Shonali Burke, Shonali Burke Consulting, Social PR Strategist, Adjunct Faculty, The Johns Hopkins University, Founder, #measurePR and Social PR Virtuoso

“Patrice and I worked together for more than 25 years. I was the very first person she hired and now, more than 25 years later, my relationship with Patrice continues to be strong, rewarding and important. Patrice has been my boss, my colleague, my partner, my coach, my muse and a dear friend. Our collaboration over the years has resulted in hundreds of award-winning campaigns for clients and co-founding three PR agencies recognized as the ‘#1 Most Creative’ and ‘Best Workplace’ in America. I know first-hand that Patrice is dedicated to helping people live their best lives in the workplace and beyond it. It is this commitment that compelled Patrice to leave PR, a profession she loves and one in which she is recognized as one of the industry’s leading lights. Through her new consultancy, Patrice offers rich and wide-ranging experience, her unique blend of creativity and practicality, passion, warmth, enthusiasm and a powerful desire to bring more joy into the lives of individuals, organizations and the planet. I highly recommend working with Patrice. There really is no one else like her!”

  • Ellen LaNicca, Co-Founder, Senior Vice President, PadillaCRT

“I’ve known, worked with and for Patrice for 15 years and I can always count on her to bring new ideas into our conversations. She is both interesting and interested and that’s not easily found in these days of personal branding. I can think of no better person to spur creativity and community in the workplace than Patrice. Over the many years that she owned a multiple of award-winning PR agencies, she created a wonderful spirit that led to great results for her clients. She’s done amazing things through the development of her own life purpose and I believe is a great person to help others do the same.”

“Patrice is an outstanding inspirational and informational speaker. She was the featured speaker on the topic of ‘Leadership Lessons from the Ballroom World’ at both the Yale Club and the Princeton Club. I organized these programs at both clubs.

The audiences immediately responded to her vision of finding joy in everything we do. Her personal and professional journey seen through the lens of ballroom dancing was daring, courageous and elevating to see and hear. The audience connected with her enthusiasm and commitment to live in the possibility that life presents to us. And, at the Princeton Club, we learned some ballroom steps!”

“As the Co-Chair of Washington Women in Public Relations, we were thrilled to have Patrice keynote our 25th annual PR Woman of the Year awards back in November of 2014. Patrice was so wonderful to work with and had a tremendously powerful story to share. Her speech on ‘Living Your Life Purpose and Unleashing Your Joy’ resonated with our guests that day and gave us all a lot to think about.”

“It fills me with great joy to write this enthusiastic recommendation for Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet. Patrice has helped to co-found three award-winning, PR agencies that have been recognized as the ‘#1 Most Creative’ and ‘Best Workplace’ in America. I believe those honors were strongly driven by her ability to help bring more joy into those workplaces, whether for the team, the clients, or those agency’s leaders.

I really can’t think of anyone more qualified to help you bring more joy to your life or your workplace, which is now proven as a key tool to retain and attract top talent, as well as a way to improve work output, enhance creative product, and grow business. I’m absolutely confident that she’ll be able do this for individuals and companies through all her offerings, whether one-on-one consulting, group workshops, or speaking engagements, all of which encourage people to discover and actively live their life’s purpose.

How am I so sure that Patrice is so effective at this? Not only have I experienced her living and sharing the philosophy of joy as a close friend for more than two decades, but Patrice was one of the first people to encourage me to pursue my love for training and coaching. And, when I started Jacobs Communications Consulting, she offered me the opportunity to conduct a workshop at her then-agency’s annual retreat, which helped me to successfully launch my business. Years later, at her Becoming Ginger Rogers book launch party in 2011 I heard Patrice talk about her life’s purpose to help create a more joyful world. I was so inspired by her words that I decided to expand beyond consulting and leading training workshops, and undergo training and certification so I could become an executive-leadership coach and help people live more fulfilling and joy-filled lives. As a result, I now have a multi-faceted career that brings me infinite joy on a daily basis, and a life far richer and more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined. You should work with Patrice to empower you and your employees to do the same! ­