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Patty Chang Anker

2014 Speaker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir “Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave” (Riverhead Books). The book was awarded a Parents Magazine “Mom must-read” and was a Books For a Better Life awards finalist. calls it “downright inspiring” and Elizabeth Gilbert declares “a compelling story of everyday courage.” Named a Good Housekeeping “Blogger We Love” and a “Top 25 Funny Mom” on Circle of Moms for her blog Facing Forty Upside Down, Anker’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including O Magazine,,, iVillage and The Huffington Post. Anker blogs regularly for‘s Anxiety section. A former director of media relations for The New York Times and veteran book publicist, Anker is also a certified yoga teacher and a sought-after workshop leader. @pattychanganker