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Amanda Blanck


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Amanda helped me articulate and meet my need even before I knew what it really was. I can't thank her enough.

Amanda is the performance coach to top minds in music & business. Trusted by major brands like the University of Chicago, William Morris Endeavor, & Skanska, she uses her innate ability to cut through to what helps — & what hinders —  making her a potent force in leadership, team alignment, & culture.

Whether Amanda is helping University of Pittsburgh design & execute an emerging leader program, partnering with Penn State University to create a new organization or keynote coach at a conference, her powerful edge is the ability to connects knowledge, disrupt unnecessary baggage, & mobilize resources to achieve what hasn't been done before. Her work builds bridges between people & groups to find clarity & progress in the face of uncertainty.

The intimate relationship she creates with her clients enables a partnership to accomplish what was once believed impossible. She’s coached leaders on how to become a influential member of the executive team, disrupt industry norms to maintain competitive edge, & overcome unchecked stress to be a leader people love. Together they identify patterns, make adjustments, to rebuild confidence & effectiveness in all aspects of their lives.

Amanda graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications. She is a Professional Certified Coach & an active community member serving in Leadership Brentwood & Cable. She is the recipient of the 2016 Nashville ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award & Cable Rising Star Award.

Ready to depart from the norm? Email her.

Jerry Stein


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Changing culture is not easy. It’s doing it one person at a time, one group at a time, that actually changed the macro experience.

After a successful career in higher education that spanned over 40 years, Dr. Jerrold (Jerry) Stein retains the title of “Dean Emeritus” from Stony Brook University and is regarded as a talented and respected mentor throughout the nation.   

“Dean Stein” is credited for transforming campus culture during his tenure as Associate Vice President, creating a strong sense of a “community of care.” With a leadership style that is driven and dynamic, yet genuine, team-oriented, and compassionate, he’s managed organizational restructuring, advised senior administrators, and has held faculty appointments in two graduate programs, in the School of Professional Development Higher Education Program and the School of Social Welfare. Jerry has also served as an Executive Mentor in the Doctoral Program at St. John Fisher’s College.

As the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Jerry oversaw several units including Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health, Student Life, Multicultural Affairs, Campus Recreation and the Center for Prevention and Outreach.

Jerry has presented at several international and national conferences, including the Oxford University Roundtable in England and the Social Norms Conference in Chicago. He has consulted on organizational climate and restructuring issues and has facilitated leadership development sessions with colleagues throughout the country. Jerry is one of the founding members of the Red Watch Band Program, a national initiative to prevent toxic drinking on college campuses.

Jerry has a doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in College Student Development. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including being named a Diamond Honoree in 2018 by ACPA (College Students Educators International) for his outstanding contributions to the field of higher education and student affairs. He was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2014 and is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award. In 2008, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Region II, presented him the award for Outstanding Service as a Dean. Earlier in his career, a program he created to reduce sexual assaults on college campuses was granted “Exemplary” status by the U.S. Department of Education.

Jerry and his wife, Judy, reside on Long Island. They have been married for 43 years and have two children and one grandson. When he is not babysitting his grandson or spending time with Judy, he’s either gardening, taking a long walk, or coaching.

Ryan Blanck


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Our experience with Ryan was shocking. He's the best facilitator we've ever seen. We'll never have a meeting or retreat without him.

It only takes a minute with Ryan to experience the infectious authenticity, enthusiasm, and positive attitude that help make his partnerships with clients so successful. He enables them to ascend to the top of their professions without losing themselves in the process.

Ryan is an expert facilitator with a gift for bringing out the best in people. Since 1999, he has facilitated countless meetings, retreats, & workshops for small groups to national conferences. He & his team have helped organizations rebound from turmoil & start-ups scale; built cultures for locker rooms, corporations, & world tours; coached executives, rock bands, athletic coaches, & professional athletes; & advised a successful foreign presidential campaign.

Ryan has been a guest leadership educator at the University of Pittsburgh, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Penn State University, & Stanford University's Business Leadership Program. He’s been interviewed about leadership & training The Huffington Post, The Deseret News, & magazines such as Esquire, YFS, & Vim & Vigor.

In 2016 Ryan was recognized as one of SigEp’s Top 40 Under 40 & in 2017 he was a recipient of the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Ask him about America's Funniest Home Videos & his turkey burgers.

Louis Upkins


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I know the joy & harmony purposeful living can bring.

Committed to innovation & bringing ideas to life, Louis has worked with some of the largest names in a variety of industries from large sports & entertainment outlets & personalities to Fortune 500 companies & celebrities.

His extensive career as an entrepreneur, author, speaker & ally in the entertainment industry, have led to projects as diverse as brokering deals between Oprah & Starbucks, to consulting on national campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, Gap, & UPS.

Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, The Olympic Games, Darrell Waltrip, Luther Vandross, Cracker Barrel, Boyz II Men, Joel Osteen, O’Charley’s, Burger King, McDonalds, The Athlete’s Foot, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, & a host of Hollywood celebrities are a few of the clients who have called on his expertise.

After serving as CEO of The Lifebook Company, a Partner of Executive Development at GiANT Impact, Louis turned his attention to the one thing that he believes matters most for businesses & individuals – a life lived with purpose. Louis is passionate about purposeful living & the impact it has on families, businesses, & communities. Those with it prosper at home & at work, those without it struggle to make sense of the world & achieve at their highest potential.

A graduate of Leadership Nashville in 2004 & Leadership Middle Tennessee in 2006, Louis brings a keen eye for purposeful leadership wherever he goes. He currently serves on the boards of NASBA Center for Public Trust, Friends of Warner Park, & the YMCA of Middle Tennessee & previously served on the boards of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Leadership Middle Tennessee, & New Hope Academy in Franklin, TN.

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