Founder and Chairwoman
In 1993, Patty Brisben took a leap of faith and launched Pure Romance out of the basement of her home with just $5,000, packing orders and shipping products on top of planning her own parties and raising her four children on her own.
Today, Patty is the Founder and Chairwoman of Pure Romance, LLC, one of the nation’s leading and fastest growing woman-to-woman direct sellers of relationship and intimacy products—a sophisticated collection of bedroom accessories, sexy bath and beauty products, lingerie, and more.
Since founding Pure Romance in 1993, Patty’s drive to empower and educate women and her truly inspiring leadership abilities have transformed the company into a multi-million dollar international business. This has made Pure Romance one of the industry’s foremost companies, as well as a credible resource for women’s sexual health education.
It all began in 1983, when Patty was working as a medical assistant. Inspired by a segment she saw on the Phil Donahue Show featuring women working as in-home direct sales Consultants selling intimacy products, this single mother of four decided right then and there to take the leap and get involved—to make more time for her children and ultimately, to improve the quality of their lives. Her success was so apparent that after just one year, she quit her job to pursue her newfound passion as a full-time Consultant.
Following 10 productive years as a top sales earner, the company she worked for folded. Patty became determined to apply her success toward her own new venture. She took $5,000 out of the bank and provided a new opportunity to the 55 Consultants who were left stranded when the previous company folded. And her dream began when she launched Slumber Parties from her home basement; the company that would later be known as Pure Romance.
The company experienced explosive growth over the next few years, becoming a leader in the direct-sales industry’s intimacy category and a potent resource for women looking to take control of their sexuality and finances. Today, Pure Romance has an extensive network of more than 95,000 Consultants across the U.S., Australia, Puerto Rico, and South Africa, all of whom continue to be directly inspired and uplifted by Patty’s vision.
Patty’s commitment to helping women discover greater intimacy in their relationships and her advocacy for improved women’s sexual health education and research is demonstrated by several corporate ventures established under her close direction and charitable efforts. Pure Romance’s Sensuality, Sexuality, Survival! program, led by its Sexual Health Department, assists women in recapturing their sensual and sexual selves following breast cancer treatments. The department also engages in collaborative research studies with Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, which is affiliated with the prestigious Kinsey Institute.
In 2006, Patty launched The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, a non-profit organization that focuses on continuing education, critically important research, and community programming all designed to further enhance the quality of information and health services provided to all women. It serves to identify and provide better information and tools that enable women to have appropriate discussions regarding sexual health among themselves, with their family members, their partners, and their healthcare providers.
Patty’s inspirational success story and demonstrated commitment to the important issues facing women today has led her to become a highly noted and frequently called upon expert in the fields of women’s intimacy and relationships, as well sexual health education and awareness. Her notable work has put her in the national spotlight, with appearances on The View, CNN, Vh1, and numerous profiles in leading business publications, including Forbes and Entrepreneur.