Gail Blanke: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Gail Blanke

Best-Selling Author, Motivator & Columnist

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.

In her most recent book Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life Blanke takes us beyond each room of the house - from the attic to the garage - to the far reaches of our minds and memories. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build up and to begin thriving instead of simply surviving. Her 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 is about thriving on change and mastering the art of self re-invention.

Her best-selling book, In My Wildest Dreams, Living the Life You Long For was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, were Blanke appeared as the sole guest to help empower audience members to live fulfilling lives. This segment lead to The Oprah Winfrey Show’s regular and wildly popular “In Your Dreams” episodes.

She has been "The Motivator" columnist in Real Simple magazine, is a contributor to Body + Soul, a Martha Stewart publication, and appears regularly on CBS 2 Sunday Morning in New York. She is featured as a Business and Career Coach on AOL Coaches and has also appeared on CNN, FNN, CNBC and FOX TV.

A world-class motivator, Blanke’s presentation encourages audiences to recognize their own power to affect positive change in both their personal and professional lives. By providing clear steps such as the importance of having a vision, letting go of whatever is holding you back, and adopting an entrepreneurial spirit, Blanke empowers audiences to boldly move forward with confidence in these turbulent times.

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.

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 $450 million for community outreach programs.

Blanke and her husband, Jim Cusick, have two daughters, Kate and Abigail, and live in New York City.

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