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Badass Women at Any Age

Feb 2, 2021

At the age of 27 Patty Alper made a bold decision to pivot from her career in marketing and public relations to launching a construction company.  Knowing nothing about construction, Pattiy educated herself on the industry by building a strategic plan while learning about her own strengths in business.  Patty’s experience in philanthropy in tandem with her success and belief in strategic planning and action led her to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).  As an NFTE board member Patty designed a project based program that combined business, plan development and mentorship for high school students.   Patty’s 35-year career in business, coupled with two decades of hands-on experience working directly with youth, uniquely qualified her to understand the growing skills gap from both perspectives: the employers who seek to build a pipeline and hire better-prepared youth for twenty-first century jobs, and the youth who are often ill-equipped or ill-trained to enter the new workforce.  Project Based Mentoring® brings together corporate employees, retirees, and businesses as a corps of knowledge practitioners, with the common goal of passing on skills to the next generation.  Patty is president of the Alper Portfolio Group, a marketing and consulting company, and is a board member of both the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and US2020, the White House initiative to build mentorship in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.  She has also been appointed to the corporate committee for Million Women Mentors.  Patty is a highly sought-after speaker and the author of Teach to Work.  A trustee of the Alper Family Foundation for the last 18 years, Patty’s unique approach to philanthropic giving and entrepreneurial mentorship has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, TIME, and Philanthropy Magazine.

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

Patty finding her stride in business after a shift from Marketing and Public Relations to Entrepreneurship

Strategic planning and the journey of  learning a new industry.

Patty’s experience in philanthropy and her inspiration to create a project based learning mentoring program.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship project based mentoring program’s detail,  success, impact and reward.

What makes a good mentor

The success and importance of project based learning.

The mission, steps and goal of the mentorship program. 




I really taught myself that I could teach myself. I learned that I was a resource.”


“Everybody learns differently and a lot of learning comes from doing.”

“I’ve learned that giving is a high.”

“I had to learn, I had to ask, I had to fail.”

“If you can be patient and empathetic around a goal it becomes more tactile”


Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Workplace Power (March 9, 2021) now available for PRE-ORDER!

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Website: Teach To Work 

Amazon: Teach To Work Book mentor’s guide to mentoring.

Covey Club workshop Feb 10th: Removing Your Unconscious, Age-Related Barriers to Your Success

The Midlife Rethink 3 part online workshop registration