Consulting with leaders, organizations, and institutions in a changing world.

Through unity and community, Angela sparks thought-provoking ideas and expertise about how to overcome change within communities and how to bring individuals together to drive recovery.

Services

Decades of working with disaster impacted communities, and the people who help serve, has given me unshakable faith in our capacity for creativity, generosity, and rebirth. The human spirit is not extinguishable. My Cajun spirit has unquenchable curiosity about where we are like when we are at our best. Oftentimes, when disaster strikes, we discover a great deal about our strengths and capacity to be “of use”. I am here for those people who step forward to help. And persist.

Executive coaching and consulting will:

  •  Produce clarity and focus for leaders in a workplace where people want to maximize their potential.
  • Support leaders in translating insights into action.
  • Enhance the leaders’ effective strategies for organizational development.

As organizations grow, critical decisions are made about roles, responsibilities, and organizational priorities. External circumstances exert pressures on the organizational and pragmatic choices are made under these pressures. Taking a pause to revisit the mission, check in about strengths, and develop a shared view of the future, mark the difference between a focused, organized team meeting challenges together – versus a stressed out, frustrated group of people struggling to feel successful in the face of unrealistic expectations. Smartly evolving organizations, pause to measure challenges and expectations against collective available resources and skills.

Our workshops are tailored to fit your organization’s specific needs and challenges.

Workshops include exercises that foster a shared perspective about opportunities for growth. Using this shared perspective team members will articulate agreed upon organizational priorities, from which clear work plans may be developed. Finally, each team member will have an opportunity to example their role in bringing about your organization’s next evolution.

SHIPWRECKED: REBUILDING LIVES AFTER DISASTER AND DISPLACEMENT

This is a practitioner story. 

Over a decade ago, we responded in Houston to Katrina by welcoming over 200,000 neighbors to Houston. Since that time I have been on a quest to understand the very best of practical, regionally based responses to displaced people. I do not distinguish between people displaced by war and political oppression and those cast out of their homes by fire or flood. Because our tole and our responsibilities did not differ based upon where people came from or what tossed them ashore. The challenge was the same; to find a way to make them a part of the unfolding regional story. To search relentlessly for what worked best after disaster and displacement. This search and response carried us through multiple waves of incoming refugees and immigrants, allowed us to respond to multiple floods and hurricanes. And resulted in invitations to places from Brisbane to Amman, Hamburg to Charlottesville. Because everywhere — there are people arriving in cities, holding aspirations to earn, learn, and belong.

YOU CAN’T BUILD ON BROKEN: A FRAMEWORK FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE

Learn a ground-breaking appreciative approach to transforming organizations, communities, and cities based on what’s working and what’s strong. I’ll show how to begin transformation with a new set of questions:

  •  What are we like when we are at our best?
  • What gives energy and life to our work?
  • What makes it feel like home?
  • What are our core strengths and how to we employ them to tackle our toughest challenges?

This is a powerful path forward. Based upon a relentless search for strengths – it is not a journey for the faint-hearted but a way of working that will breathe new life into organizations and communities – leading toward greater support, more connections, better processes, and inspired action.

CREATING AN EFFECTIVE WELCOME: CITIES AS ON-RAMPS TO OPPORTUNITY

Currently, more than 65 million people live outside of their own homes and cities – and not by choice. Wars and weather have forced them from their communities and torn them from their histories. From the Kinglake fires in Australia to the resettlement of Syrians in Germany, the storms of the Gulf Coast, to the flow of unaccompanied minors in Texas, to the refugee camps in Lebanon and improvised settlements that surround major cities – we see disruption and flows of people into cities are increasing.

Welcoming newcomers is a creative process. A constant flow of people to our cities requires us to be swift, creative and grounded in our approaches. To be effective, we must keep our service goals simple and based upon the aspirations of arriving groups of people. We must focus on the universal aspirations – to earn, learn and belong.

I provide content and clarity for some of the most complex challenges facing communities at a domestic and global level. I will share insights and lessons learned from 30 years of work in developing effective, strength-based solutions for welcoming and resettling immigrants and refugees. You’ll learn how to construct programs out of existing community assets after a disaster or migration.

FIGURE IT OUT LEADERSHIP: AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH

As new information and ideas rush toward us, challenging old systems and accepted new ways of working, how do we lead best in this time of rapid learning and accelerated change? Evolutionary or “Figure It Out” leadership principles will help leaders know where to use their time and energy, guide their use of resources so they are moving toward what’s new and next. I teach these principles to leaders who want to grow their organizations and expand their impact. 

You will learn how to create opportunities and new approaches to complex questions – doing what you can, with what you have, where you are, right now. If you’re a passionate, committed leader willing to persevere, this information will position your organization for maximum impact and long-term growth.

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.
The Heinz Awards
2017

"No one is coming. We must move at the speed of need."

Wisdom from Disasters

'"The human spirit is not extinguishable."
  1. No one is coming. We must move at the speed of need. Don’t wait. Work.
  2. You may not be at fault, but you are responsible. This disaster chose us. We must own it.
  3. You can build on broken. Pay attention to the strengths, skills, and aspirations of those around you. Build on those.
  4. Do what you can with what you have where are you are. Right now.
  5. There is nothing more powerful than a family, company, community in touch with its own aspirations and principles. Revisit the principles that will guide your decision making as you move through this unprecedented period.
  6. Allow everything that is not destructive. Especially art, music and dance. Even in disasters, people need joy.
  7. Isolation is a breeding ground for rage and despair. We may be physically distant, but we must remain spiritually, emotionally, socially connected. Connect today.
  8. At every milestone there will be gratitude and grief in equal measure. Even as we recover, we will also see what has been lost. Allow gratitude and grief to reside in your heart together.
  9. Practice loving detachment. Others may not behave as we would want. We learn to not react to panic and fear, even as we manage our own.
  10. There is enough to go around. Act if it is true.
  11. When you come to the fork in the road, between resignation and acceptance, take the path of acceptance. No whining.
  12. People can survive individually, but they thrive collectively. Place your faith beyond survival.
  13. Leaders practice “when I know it, you know it”. People can handle the truth. We unravel when we are forced to play detective in a disaster. If you want people to follow you, you don’t have to be certain, but you must be transparent.

PRESS FEATURES

NPR/PBS

How Houston Is Learning and Growing Through A Global Pandemic

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Dealing with Houston's Fear of COVID-19 and a Possible Rebellion

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

13 Things Every Houstonian Should Know During Coronavirus Pandemic

let's be allies

Globally Recognized Community Practitioner Visits Pittsburgh to Talk Community-Level Change

PAPER CITY MAGAZINE

Houston CEO Jumps Into Emergency Shelter In Wake of Harvey, Wins National Award of Crisis Management

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Angela Blanchard Named Spring 2018 Swearer Center Social
Entrepreneur in Residence

THE NEW YORK TIMES

What Do The Poor Need?
Try Asking Them.

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Let Go of Rage and Practice
Loving Detachment, For Your Own Sake and Your Community's