Self Care and Liberation


Patrice Funderburg is the founder of Educate to Engage, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leading transformative change through education, exposure and engagement. The firm offers strategic planning, organizational development, training and facilitation around diversity, equity and inclusion.  Previously, Patrice had a 20-year career in corporate human resource operations, vendor diversity, corporate philanthropy and corporate recruiting, including for Belk, Inc. and Lowe's Companies. She is a member of the Leading on Opportunity council addressing economic mobility, the Center for Community Transitions and the Women's Impact Fund.  Patrice attended North Carolina Central University before earning a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree in Organizational Communication and Development from Canisius College in Buffalo.   

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in transitioning from corporate work to social activism, race consciousness, and a journey of self-care and liberation.   


  • Patrice describes her transition to social activism.

  • She explains why issues of incarceration and social justice are personal to her.

  • She shares the moment that catapulted her into social action and the launch of her consultancy.

  • She describes a petition and campaign that she is leading against a popular institution.

  • Patrice explains what activism means to her.

  • She answers how the transition from corporate life into activism has been for her.

  • She talks about the importance of race consciousness in the struggle for equity and justice, and the connection between race consciousness and the world she wants.

  • She considers her role on the Leading on Opportunity council.

  • Patrice reflects on growing up in Buffalo and the conversation she heard around the dinner table.

  • She talks about how private school shaped her and what she realizes now about her time then.

  • Patrice reacts to the word privilege.

  • She shares who she wanted to be when she was young.

  • She recalls her days at North Carolina Central University.

  • She explains what she enjoyed about diversity and inclusion work in human resources.

  • Patrice answers what self care means to her and where she is on her journey.

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  • What change are you making in your life?

  • How do you navigate truth?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.