Big Ideas Night with Jodie Patterson

March 27, 2019 in New York, NY

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“A courageous and poetic testimony on family and the self, and the learning and unlearning we must do for those we love.”—Janet Mock

The Bold World Jodie Patterson  Join us on Wednesday, March 27th for a moving Big Ideas Night with activist and entrepreneur Jodie Patterson, author of the memoir THE BOLD WORLD, in conversation with Essence magazine’s Julee Wilson about gender, race, family, and how to show up for the ones you love.

Growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side as an African American child in the 1970s, Jodie relied on her community for strength and comfort. But when she grew up and became a mother with a transgender son, she realized she had to help reshape her community’s attitudes and beliefs (along with her own) to ensure a kind and welcoming world for her child. Jodie’s memoir explores identity, gender, and race while delving into her family’s history and transformation.

Random House’s Big Ideas Night series is a forum for thought-provoking conversations with writers on the topics of politics, social justice, world affairs, technology, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, and to network and engage directly with the innovators behind it.

Event Details

What's Included

  • Meet & Greet with Jodie Patterson
  • Signed Copy of THE BOLD WORLD
  • Wine & hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

March 27, 2019
Doors Open at 6:00PM; Conversation begins at 6:30PM; Photo Meet-and-Greet Opportunity to follow to 8:30 PM 20190327 Doors Open at 6:00PM; Conversation begins at 6:30PM; Photo Meet-and-Greet Opportunity to follow 20190327 8:30 PM America/New_York Big Ideas Night with Jodie Patterson New York, NY


New York, NY

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

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Travel Details

Location Big Ideas Night is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address for Random House is 1745 Broadway between W 55th and 56th Streets, New York, NY 10019. Random House is near the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q and R trains at 7th Avenue/57th Street; B, D and E trains at 7th Avenue/53rd Street and 1, A , B, C, and D trains at 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

How do I reserve my seat? Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

Where can I contact Random House with any questions? For questions or suggestions, please email For information regarding a press pass, please contact Katie Darcy at Random House at 212-572-2694 or

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, there is no need to bring a printed ticket to the event. Your name will be on the guest list.

What is the refund policy? Refunds will be granted until Friday, March 22 at 6:30pm EST. After that time, tickets will be non-exchangeable, non-refundable and non-transferable. To obtain a refund, please request one through Eventbrite or email Refund requests will be processed within 48 hours.

Is my ticket transferrable? No, unfortunately your ticket is non-transferable. 

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About the Author

Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. She has been lauded for her activist work by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, Family Circle, Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo!, among others. She sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, and is a sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about identity, gender, beauty, and entrepreneurship. Patterson was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change and, perhaps most impressively, she is a former circus acrobat who performed in the Big Apple Circus. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.


Julee Wilson is the Fashion & Beauty Director at ESSENCE magazine and She oversees the brand’s vision for style from daily posts on the website to its stunning monthly editorials and covers. Wilson was previously the Senior Fashion Editor at The Huffington Post — and before that spend several years as a fashion editor at Real Simple magazine. Her writing has appeared in InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Vibe, Business of Fashion, and The International Journal of Fashion Studies — just to name a few. Wilson has also lent her voice on national television shows including The Today Show, CBS Early Show and Fox News. She received her B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and is an alum of Stanford’s former Professional Publishing Course. Wilson serves on the advisory board for Harlem’s Fashion Row. She resides in Harlem with her incredible husband, dope four-year-old son, and a massive shoe collection.