12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration Required

Please register for this event.

Knowing and Using Your Strengths

LKSC, Dean's Suite Boardroom

The OFDD welcomes Patty Purpur DeVries, MS, Director, Stanford Health Promotion Network and Director of Stretegic Projects, Stanford Medicine WellMD Center

In this interactive session, Patty Purpur de Vries, Director of Strategic Projects for the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center and Director of the Stanford Health Promotion Network and, will guide you in a process of self-discovery and help you recognize and use your unique talents.

Prior to the course all participants are asked to complete a 35-minute online survey to uncover their unique talents.  The tool is intended to uncover certain key talents — patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that can be productively applied.  The tool identifies your top five talents from the list of 34 potential strengths.   

This course is designed to help you focus on your unique talents that can be developed into true strengths.  According to the Gallup Organization, individuals who use their talents and strengths each day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work, their careers and their lives.  

During this facilitated course, you will see new ways to view yourself and your co-workers.  We each have talents and when we honor the talents in ourselves and others, we can create a powerful and positive work environment.  Join us to:  

  • Identify your unique Talents
  • Learn the difference between Talents and Strengths
  • Identify ways to develop your Talents into Strengths
  • Find ways to use your Talents each day and support others to do the same


Born and raised in North Dakota, Patty earned a full-athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University in 1985. She was a 9-time NCAA All-American (Shot Put and Discus) and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials.

In the 90’s, as an entrepreneur, Patty grew her fitness & wellness company, to employ over 100 employees with annual revenues of over $5 million. In January 2009, Patty sold all corporate contracts, including those with Cisco, Yahoo! and Safeway to Plus One Holdings of New York which is now Optum.  During that time, she helped launch the Stanford Health Promotion Network whose 65+ members include large corporations like Apple and Adobe, local counties, medical institutions and several non-profits. 

From 2013-2016 she found her passion overseeing the HealthySteps to Wellness Program for all non-physician employees of both hospitals.   In early 2016 Patty accepted a role with the newly formed WellMD Center as a vocal advocate for all members of our care teams.  

Today, Patty is the Director of Strategic Project for the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center and continues to oversee the Stanford Health Promotion Network.