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Tavetta Patterson

Abundant Life Publications Founder

Gary Life Education Initiative Inc. Founder

Worthy Empowerment Tour Founder

Award Winning Leadership Expert

Award Winning Mentoring Expert

Award Winning Public Speaker

Business Consultant

Certified Mentoring Program Trainer

Freedom Writer Teacher


Indiana University Northwest

Senior University

(Center for Urban and Regional Excellence)

Outschool Teacher (Online)


Program Developer

Published Author

Webinar Instructor

Workshop Instructor

World Changer

On a mission to empower people to

discover and live their purpose!

Tavetta Patterson began writing and public speaking when she was 8 years old.  She has completed writing 18 books and 10 of those books were written in 2020 during the pandemic.  While the world was in lock down she was determined not to put her creativity in lock down.  Tavetta  has participated in speech contests; writing contests; radio interviews, conferences, marriage events, webinars, workshops and book talks.  She has more than 25 years of award-winning leadership development and mentoring experience.  She also has more than 20 years of program development and implementation experience.

Tavetta Patterson is the Founder and President of Abundant Life Publications. She established this first-class business consulting and publishing company February 2006 in Gary, Indiana. Since that time she has published 10 magazines, 10 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.

Award Winning 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 Chicago Television Station. She has been featured on WLTH and WYCA radio stations.

The Journey: 

During grade school there were 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, under the guidance of Mrs. Suda Hopkins. During high school her English Teachers:  Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Barnes encouraged her to enter writing contests.  Mrs. Barnes submitted her poems to national contests.  As a result, she had the honor of being a published writer as a high school student.  That poem led to a collection of poems and speeches being published as her first book released July 2002, entitled, “The Tongue of Life."  

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."

August 1, 2021 was the release date for a life changing book entitled, "No."  Tavetta released the book in honor of her Mother's birthday.  It is the first of 10 books that were written in 2020.  The book was written to equip people to transition from being people-pleasers to being a purpose-driven world changers.  Everyone on earth has the same 24 hours each day.  True success in life and business depends on how you manage saying, "No." This book provides the tools that equip you to gain clarity about your No. It also includes: strategies for setting boundaries, assessing the past, preparing for the future and living a life of freedom from the disease to please. You will also gain tools to implement a powerful and purposeful word that is a complete sentence, No.

Tavetta Patterson is available for speaking engagements online including:

Book Club events

Book talks

College events


Corporate events

Educational services

Grief recovery services

Leadership events

Marriage events


Parent University Presentations

Professional development services

Radio shows

Renewal events


School assemblies

School workshops

Television shows


Virtual Summits

Vision board parties

Youth events


Women Empowerment Events



Awards Summary

United Way Star Awards (2016):

United Way Trailblazer Award

United Way Volunteer of the Year Award

The Journey Executive Fellowship (2016)

Freedom Writers Institute (California 2016)

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (2015)

Leaders as Heroes Award South Shore Leadership Center (2013)

Indiana Governor’s Service Award for Volunteerism (2011)

Youth Unshackled Ministries 

“You’ve Made a Difference” Award (2011)

Center for Mentors

Leadership in Mentoring Award (2011)

Radical Woman of Faith Award (2011)

World Changers Church International

(College Park, Georgia)

The book that inspired "Talk Through grief" and "Write Through grief."

Courses have been provided online, on college campuses, corporations, with families and individuals.

"The grief is universal, but the experience is individual."

Tavetta Patterson