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Angela Blanchard | Speaker, Expert Practitioner

No One is Coming, Victor Blanchard

Born for Storms

Meet Angela, a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development and leadership consulting.

Angela’s work over the past three decades in Houston, the nation’s most ethnically diverse and fastest-growing city, has exercised her expertise in developing solutions for communities, leaders, and organizations all around the world. She specializes in working with business, civic, and nonprofit leaders to tackle the complex challenges within its communities and organizations.

From long-term disaster recovery, to effective integration of immigrants and refugees, her breakthrough strategies provide a powerful roadmap for cities across the globe. She is sought out by leaders and thinkers to conduct strategy sessions, deliver keynotes and individualized workshops. If you are committed to igniting change and discovering your potential, let’s connect!

  • Geoffrey CanadaGeoffrey CanadaFounder Harlem Children's Zone

    Angela’s work is more comprehensive than any other place in the country. This is a model we should really get the public to invest in.

  • Emily DeRuyEmily DeRuyThe Atlantic

    Blanchard has spoken in places as distant as Australia about the organization’s model, one that recognizes the rapid demographic shift taking place in cities like Houston, and sees immigrants and long-time residents alike as human capital to be leveraged in a positive way.

  • William J. AllenWilliam J. AllenSenior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University

    In many conversations Angela and I have shared and celebrated our experiences in the nonprofit sector. In the process she has inspired me and refreshed my spirit, my mind and my soul. Angela has a special combination of experience, temperament and skills. She is a storyteller, an accountant, a community organizer, a listener, a domestic and global leader in disasters, a consultant, a relationship-builder, a thinker, a do-er, a teacher and a warm and empathetic humanitarian….. with a tough no-nonsense Texas attitude....and a passion for justice.

  • Fareed ZakariaFareed ZakariaCNN

    Angela Blanchard was able to cut through the partisan rhetoric to get Democrats and Republicans on board. Together they raised $25 million to build the Neighborhood Center.

  • The Heinz AwardsThe Heinz Awards2017

    Angela Blanchard received the 22nd Heinz Award in the Human Condition category for creating a transformative model of community development that has become a powerful and positive model for cities looking to thrive in the midst of complex demographic and social change.

  • Bruce KatzBruce KatzCentennial Scholar Brookings Institution

    Every American city can learn from the way Angela's work is embracing Houston's future and weaving it into Houston's history.

  • Meg WheatleyMeg WheatleyAuthor, Leadership and the New Science

    Angela has the very rare ability to be on the ground, working with community members, engaging them in conversations and processes rich in discovery....and move the entire stakeholder community forward: stronger, wiser more capable and more united than before.

  • Eric PatashnikEric PatashnikProfessor and Director of Master of Public Affairs Program, Brown University

    I am incredibly fortunate to be a colleague of Angela's at Brown University. I have learned so much from Angela about how to translate good ideas into action, how to lead dynamic nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of diverse communities, and how to build sustainable change from the ground up. The students at Brown love Angela's courses and workshops. She brings deep wisdom, great empathy, and tremendous positivity to our academic community.

  • Barack ObamaBarack Obama44th President of the United States

    Angela, you remind me of Ann Richards.

  • Whitney JohnsonWhitney JohnsonBestselling author, Disrupt Yourself

    If you want to build a community, a refuge from life's storms, you'll want Angela Blanchard, a woman who has walked into storm after storm, and disaster and disaster, to help her community walk out of the storm with their heads held high. She's a one-of-a-kind leader––smart, wise, canny, clever and compassionate.

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