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A recent presidential candidate once remarked to Gail Blanke, “What a difference you made… if I'd met you 10 years earlier, I'd be President by now." You may not have presidential ambitions, but if you want to know how to change yourself for the better, you need to listen to this motivational speaker. Ms. Blanke has been an adviser to CEOs, presidential candidates and college presidents. She has spoken to many of the USA's most prestigious companies, including GE, MasterCard, JP Morgan Chase, UBS and Citigroup. Around the world she has spoken at events such as the “Global Summit of Women" in Taiwan and the “Decade to Democracy" conference in Budapest. Students at Cornell University, Beijing University, the University of Virginia and New York University, among others, have all been inspired by her speeches.

One of the youngest female senior vice presidents in the history of Avon Products, Inc, she was global head of public affairs for the company. In addition, she encouraged Avon's 500,000 sales representatives to believe that they could achieve anything they wanted. Serving on the Chairman's Executive Council, she launched the Avon Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade; a highly acclaimed initiative, which has to date, raised more than $500 million.

Ms. Blanke's first book, Taking Control of Your Life: The Secrets of Successful Enterprising Women, sold over half a million copies. In My Wildest Dreams, Living the Life You Long For was a New York Times Business Bestseller. Between Trapezes: Flying into a New Life with the Greatest of Ease, was nominated as a “must have" book by Oprah's website. Her latest book, Throw Out Fifty Things–Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life was given the highly rated “Books-for-a-Better-Life" award by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ms. Blanke has been president of the New York Women's Forum (the first member to run two terms in that position). She has also been President of the New York Women in Communications Foundation, providing college and graduate school scholarships for deserving young women, and she was one of the first women inductees to the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. Amongst the awards she has garnered are the Women Who Make A Difference Award from the International Women's Forum Conference, the Matrix Award for Public Relations from New York Women in Communications, Inc. and the Star Award from the New York Women's Agenda.

Full Profile

Gail Blanke is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Lifedesigns, LLC, a company whose vision is to empower men and women worldwide to live truly exceptional lives.

A best selling author, Ms. Blanke’ s newest book, Throw Out Fifty Things – Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life, was published March 20th, 2009, by Grand Central Publishing and has been featured on The Today Show, CNN International and CBS Sunday Morning. The book recently won the prestigious “Books-for-a-Better-Life” award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ms. Blanke’s last book, Between Trapezes: Flying into a New Life with the Greatest of Ease, about thriving on change and mastering the art of self re-invention, was published by Rodale in August 2004. Oprah′s website included Between Trapezes on its list of “must have” books. In My Wildest Dreams, Living the Life You Long For was published by Simon & Schuster in June 1998 and appeared on Amazon.com’ s Best Selling Books list and the New York Times Business Best Seller List. Ms. Blanke was the sole guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show in October 1998 where she used concepts from the book to help empower audience members to create the lives of their dreams.

Ms. Blanke’ s first book, Taking Control of Your Life: The Secrets of Successful Enterprising Women, sold more than a half million copies. Her column, “ The Motivator” has appeared monthly for two years in Real Simple magazine and she is featured as a Business and Career Coach on AOL Coaches. Ms. Blanke appears monthly on Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio, and regularly on CNN International and CBS 2 Sunday Morning.

A renowned executive coach and presentation skills trainer, Ms. Blanke has advised CEO’s, presidential candidates, college presidents – and even a jazz musician. A recent presidential candidate recently remarked, “You’ve enabled me to find qualities in myself I didn’t know I had and express myself with power, grace and persuasion. What a difference you’ve made… If I’ d met you 10 years earlier, I’d be President by now.” Ms. Blanke was called in by FOX News to critique George W. Bush’ s second inaugural address.

Considered one of the finest motivational speakers in the country, she has delivered keynote addresses for scores of corporations including GE, MasterCard, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, AXA Financial, Citigroup and at events such as the “Global Summit of Women” in Taiwan, the “ Decade to Democracy” conference in Budapest and Cornell University’ s symposium, “ Contracting Out: Danger Signal for Working Women and Men” chaired by Betty Friedan. She’s also delivered keynotes for students at Beijing University, the University of Virginia and the Stern School of New York University. Ms. Blanke has appeared on CNN, FNN, CNBC and FOX TV. Articles about Ms. Blanke have appeared in Newsweek, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook and Self. O, The Oprah Magazine, referred to Gail as “The Motivational Maven.” Recently, she delivered a keynote address for the American Heart Association’ s “Go Red for Women” gala in New York and was invited to become a board member for the New York Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Ms. Blanke was one of the youngest female senior vice presidents of Avon Products, Inc., where, in addition to her responsibilities as global head of public affairs, she motivated and inspired Avon’ s half million sales representatives to live the lives of their wildest dreams. A member of the Chairman’ s Executive Council, she led the re-positioning of Avon as the world’ s premier direct selling company for women and launched the widely acclaimed Avon Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade, which has raised more than $500 million. Prior to her experience at Avon, Ms. Blanke held numerous executive positions at CBS including manager of special promotions for the New York Yankees.

Ms. Blanke is a past president of the New York Women’ s Forum and the first member to hold that position for two terms. She is a past chairman of the board of Fashion Group, International. In 1997, she was elected a corporate director of Sweetheart Paper Holdings, one of the country’ s leading paper suppliers.

Ms. Blanke has received the Women Who Make A Difference Award at the 1999 International Women’ s Forum Conference, the 1994 Matrix Award for Public Relations presented by New York Women in Communications, Inc. and the 1994 Star Award presented by the New York Women’ s Agenda. In 2003, Ms. Blanke was named president of the New York Women in Communications Foundation which provides college and graduate school scholarships for deserving young women, and was among the first wave of women to be inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

Ms. Blanke is a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and majored in acting at Yale University Graduate School of Drama. She’ s related to both William Jennings and Gypsy Rose Lee. She and her husband, F. James Cusick, a writer, and their two daughters, Kate and Abigail live in New York City.


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Ms. Blanke explains some of the thinking behind her highly regarded motivational speeches. She recognises that some people come to her with a negative approach. She says, “It's all very well me saying make it good, some people will say what about all the negative stuff around, how can I make it good? Well it's not very hard, let go of concentrating on how bad everything is, that means you have to put some discipline in your life, you have to delete some stuff in terms of what you pay attention to."

Talking about one of the key principles that informs all of her work, Ms. Blanke says, “This is where the choice card comes in, you decide what you listen to in your life… there is no way it is. There's only the way you say it is. The universe hasn't made its mind up about you. It only knows what you show it today."

She encourages her audience to keep faith in themselves. She says, “Don't disempower yourself, or weaken yourself, by slapping negative interpretations on stuff that happens. You start practicing that, then your life will see a huge change."


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Ms. Blanke aims to help and motivate women and men to design the lives of their dreams and then deliver them. She also wants to aid corporations in designing environments where people can thrive. Some of her most popular speeches concern how to thrive on change, how to design your own leadership signature, taking power of yourself and powerful self-presentation.

Her most widely requested speech topics include:

  • Thriving on Change (based on her best-selling book: Between Trapezes)
  • Designing a Leadership Signature
  • Owning Your Own Power
  • Presenting Yourself Powerfully


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    “Kick off your shoes and smile as you read this. Here are a few comments from the surveys: ‘Awesome, powerful,’ ‘Lots to take home,’ ‘Wonderful,’ ‘Thank you – Gail Blanke is a wonderful speaker and storyteller,’ ‘Gail did a great job at teaching and coaching me on how to begin looking inside for my inner power and strength... Great presentation.’ ‘Exceptional – life-changing’ ‘I really love her’ ‘ Awesome, great choice’ ‘Absolutely excellent, fabulous’ Very professional speaker and good motivator – thank you for finding her’ ′Fantastic, extremely helpful, powerful, very motivating – being bold is great’ You should be very proud of the message and its delivery. Across the board you received 5 out of 5 on the survey. The presentation was amazing and I would listen to you over and over again.”
    Nadia Allaudin,
    Vice President,
    Merrill Lynch

    “Gail has a great gift and is able to reveal qualities in individuals they didn’t know they had—but qualities that were always there. What an incredible difference it’s made in my life.”
    Senator Bob Graham,
    Florida

    “You were a hit with my team today. The comments you made about taking control of one’s life and becoming motivated and active in the process of becoming who we want to be were timely and relevant. My staff was eloquent in their praise of your inspiring presentation and I will share a few direct quotes from the emails that have rolled in.- ‘I just wanted to communicate to you that your Town Hall meeting was great! Enlightening and informative. Thank you for bringing Gail Blanke to speak to the group. An excellent speaker that I feel brought together what we are doing here at TIAA-CREF. Thank you again.’ ‘Gail Blanke is FABULOUS! That Oprah story gave me goose bumps.’ ‘Her presentation today was very motivational.’ Your work with TIAA-CREF is just beginning as it is clear that you will be a key part of our launch strategy. Thank you for your inspiration.”
    Nancy Heller,
    Senior Managing Director,
    TIAA-CREF

    “Both Kristen and I would like to thank you once again for delivering such an amazing session for UBS’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The way in which you were able to move the audience emotionally clearly demonstrated how powerful your message was to everyone. It was really inspiring to see the audience feel such a sense of empowerment; proud of who they were and the brand they own, after you challenged everyone to complete that now famous statement, ‘My name is---_______ and I am the one who_____.’ This was a wonderful experience for us all.”
    Laura Semeraro Director, Network Management
    & Kristen Larkin Director – Operations
    UBS Financial Services

    “The program you put together for us was brilliant. Engaging, challenging, intelligent, and because of all that, inspiring. I have never attended a leadership or developmental program that was at the same time so smart, substantive and adult, on the one hand, and so entertaining (so much fun) on the other. Though most of us were strangers until Wednesday – and a bit run down emotionally to boot – you made us feel like a group of 16 year olds with the world at our feet, around a campfire together or in that best English class you never forget from junior high, when everything and anything seemed possible. (How did you do that!) What will also stay with me from the 2 days is the depth, substance, wisdom and heart of my women colleagues.”
    Joanna Hendon,
    Office of the General Council,
    Merrill Lynch




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    “Kick off your shoes and smile as you read this. Here are a few comments from the surveys: ‘Awesome, powerful,’ ‘Lots to take home,’ ‘Wonderful,’ ‘Thank you – Gail Blanke is a wonderful speaker and storyteller,’ ‘Gail did a great job at teaching and coaching me on how to begin looking inside for my inner power and strength... Great presentation.’ ‘Exceptional – life-changing’ ‘I really love her’ ‘ Awesome, great choice’ ‘Absolutely excellent, fabulous’ Very professional speaker and good motivator – thank you for finding her’ ′Fantastic, extremely helpful, powerful, very motivating – being bold is great’ You should be very proud of the message and its delivery. Across the board you received 5 out of 5 on the survey. The presentation was amazing and I would listen to you over and over again.”
    Nadia Allaudin,
    Vice President,
    Merrill Lynch

    “Gail has a great gift and is able to reveal qualities in individuals they didn’t know they had—but qualities that were always there. What an incredible difference it’s made in my life.”
    Senator Bob Graham,
    Florida

    “You were a hit with my team today. The comments you made about taking control of one’s life and becoming motivated and active in the process of becoming who we want to be were timely and relevant. My staff was eloquent in their praise of your inspiring presentation and I will share a few direct quotes from the emails that have rolled in.- ‘I just wanted to communicate to you that your Town Hall meeting was great! Enlightening and informative. Thank you for bringing Gail Blanke to speak to the group. An excellent speaker that I feel brought together what we are doing here at TIAA-CREF. Thank you again.’ ‘Gail Blanke is FABULOUS! That Oprah story gave me goose bumps.’ ‘Her presentation today was very motivational.’ Your work with TIAA-CREF is just beginning as it is clear that you will be a key part of our launch strategy. Thank you for your inspiration.”
    Nancy Heller,
    Senior Managing Director,
    TIAA-CREF

    “Both Kristen and I would like to thank you once again for delivering such an amazing session for UBS’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The way in which you were able to move the audience emotionally clearly demonstrated how powerful your message was to everyone. It was really inspiring to see the audience feel such a sense of empowerment; proud of who they were and the brand they own, after you challenged everyone to complete that now famous statement, ‘My name is---_______ and I am the one who_____.’ This was a wonderful experience for us all.”
    Laura Semeraro Director, Network Management
    & Kristen Larkin Director – Operations
    UBS Financial Services

    “The program you put together for us was brilliant. Engaging, challenging, intelligent, and because of all that, inspiring. I have never attended a leadership or developmental program that was at the same time so smart, substantive and adult, on the one hand, and so entertaining (so much fun) on the other. Though most of us were strangers until Wednesday – and a bit run down emotionally to boot – you made us feel like a group of 16 year olds with the world at our feet, around a campfire together or in that best English class you never forget from junior high, when everything and anything seemed possible. (How did you do that!) What will also stay with me from the 2 days is the depth, substance, wisdom and heart of my women colleagues.”
    Joanna Hendon,
    Office of the General Council,
    Merrill Lynch


    Throw Out Fifty Things: Let Go of Your Clutter and Grab Hold of Your Life
    "Our lives are so filled with junk from the past-from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges-that it′s a wonder we can get up in the morning," exclaims motivator, best-selling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke.

    "If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is Blanke′s mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.

    In THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS she takes us through each room of the house-from the attic to the garage-and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we′ve allowed to build-up there.

    • That junk drawer (you know that drawer) in the kitchen? Empty it!
    • Those old regrets? Throw ′em out!
    • That make-up from your "old" look? Toss it!
    • That relationship that depresses you? Dump it!

    Once you′ve hit fifty-you′ll be surprised how easy it is to get there-and once you′ve thrown out that too-tight belt and too-small view of yourself, you′ll be ready to step out into the clearing and into the next, and greatest, segment of your life.
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    Her most widely requested speech topics include:

  • Thriving on Change (based on her best-selling book: Between Trapezes)
  • Designing a Leadership Signature
  • Owning Your Own Power
  • Presenting Yourself Powerfully

  • Speech Excerpts


    Ms. Blanke explains some of the thinking behind her highly regarded motivational speeches. She recognises that some people come to her with a negative approach. She says, “It's all very well me saying make it good, some people will say what about all the negative stuff around, how can I make it good? Well it's not very hard, let go of concentrating on how bad everything is, that means you have to put some discipline in your life, you have to delete some stuff in terms of what you pay attention to."

    Talking about one of the key principles that informs all of her work, Ms. Blanke says, “This is where the choice card comes in, you decide what you listen to in your life… there is no way it is. There's only the way you say it is. The universe hasn't made its mind up about you. It only knows what you show it today."

    She encourages her audience to keep faith in themselves. She says, “Don't disempower yourself, or weaken yourself, by slapping negative interpretations on stuff that happens. You start practicing that, then your life will see a huge change."