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Amanda Blanck

Amanda helped me find my confidence in my process, and I am truly forever changed.

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

Whether Amanda is helping University of Pittsburgh design and 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, and mobilize resources to achieve what hasn't been done before. Her work builds bridges between people and groups to find clarity and 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, and overcome unchecked stress to be a leader people love. Together they identify patterns, make adjustments, to rebuild confidence and effectiveness in all aspects of their lives.

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

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Louis Upkins

I know the joy and harmony purposeful living can bring...

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

His extensive career as an entrepreneur, author, speaker and ally in the entertainment industry, have led to projects as diverse as brokering deals between Oprah and Starbucks, to consulting on national campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, Gap, and 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, and 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 and individuals – a life lived with purpose. Louis is passionate about purposeful living and the impact it has on families, businesses, and communities. Those with it prosper at home and at work, those without it struggle to make sense of the world and achieve at their highest potential.

A graduate of Leadership Nashville in 2004 and 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, and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and previously served on the boards of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and New Hope Academy in Franklin, TN.

Ryan Blanck

Ryan’s a curious seeker and he’s in it to help individuals when we didn’t see or believe in ourselves.

It only takes a minute with Deviate Founder and CEO Ryan Blanck to experience the infectious authenticity, enthusiasm, and positive attitude that help make his partnerships with clients so successful. He has a gift for bringing out the best in people—and he feels a powerful responsibility to use it as he works with C-suite leaders, high-performing teams, and world-class athletes and entertainers.

Since 1999, Ryan has led more than 450 in-person experiences — meetings, retreats, and workshops — for small groups to national conferences. He’s the world's only dual Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Blending his unique background in leadership and well-being, he specializes in performance improvement to lead his clients to achieve their “champion within” (mind and body).

Ryan is a guest leadership educator at Penn State University and Stanford University's Business Leadership Program. He’s been interviewed about leadership and training in The Huffington Post, The Desert News, Esquire, YFS, and Vim and Vigor Magazines. And CNN’s story of his client Marlon Gibson’s life-altering transformation is one of the network’s most popular online health articles of all time.

He has advised and coached leaders within organizations such as the The Color Run, Joe’s Black Book, Human Movement Management, World Bank, Google, Nike, CRC Insurance, Penn State University, lululemon athletica and United Way.


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