SOCIAL ACTIVIST; Founder, Doobop and Georgia; Author, THE BOLD WORLD
Jodie is a social activist, author, and the founder of the cosmetics companies Doobop and Georgia. She was also a state champion gymnast and circus acrobat, and is a lover of words. She studied Literature and went on to spend several years working at publishing houses such as Scholastic and The New Press. Patterson is the mother of five, including her 8-year-old transgender son Penelope, who became the catalyst for a fundamental reexamination of identity within Jodie's dynamic and deeply appealing household—and the wider world. Now, she is a fierce LGBTQI ally committed to bringing underrepresented voices into the mainstream. To that end, she’s worked with the likes of Hillary Clinton and continues to research gender and identity. She is currenty working on a book, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Identity, which will be published by Penguin Random House.