author & CEO, Life Designs
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 most recent book, "Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life" (Springboard Press, March 1, 2009) was a runaway hit and is currently in paperback. Her last book, "In My Wildest Dreams, Living the Life You Long For" was published by Simon & Schuster in June 1998. The book has 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 her book to help empower audience members to live fulfilling lives. Ms. Blanke’s first book, "Taking Control of Your Life: The Secrets of Successful Enterprising Women," sold more than a half million copies. "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. Her column, “The Motivator” appears monthly in Real Simple magazine and she is featured as a Business and Career Coach on AOL Coaches.
A renowned executive coach and presentation skills trainer, Ms. Blanke has advised CEO’s, presidential candidates, college presidents – and even a jazz musician. Considered one of the finest motivational speakers in the country, she has delivered keynote addresses for scores of corporations. In addition to the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ms. Blanke has appeared on CNN, FNN, CNBC and FOX TV. Articles about Ms. Blanke and her company have appeared in Newsweek, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook and Self. 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.
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