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Team


WE BELIEVE PEOPLE

ARE capable of achieving THE extraordinary

Leadership

Amanda Blanck


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

Amanda Blanck, Managing Partner at Deviate, hacks the dysfunction that plagues teams, repositioning them with strategic communicationat the forefront.

Her innate ability to cut through to what matters to — and what hinders — her clients makes her a potent force in leadership development. Her blazing curiosity and insightful connections draw out from hiding the confident and clear leaders that exist within us all. It's a skill set she identified early in her career through over 1,000 accredited hours of performance coaching, 200 hours leading retreats, and numerous workshops. Amanda is known for her innovative design to align teams, rebuild trust, and restore communication.

Amanda is a sought after thought leader on performance topics such as coaching skills for leaders, value based leadership, and trust. Recent interviews include advising entrepreneurs and helping Millennials through the quarter-life crisis.

She is trusted by major brands like The Color Run, Penn State University, and lululemon athletica, which have all benefited from her ability to combine business excellence and the growth of people. From director level transitions, team reorgs, and culture transformation, Amanda leads with intention, rather then by chance.

Ryan Blanck


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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.

Louis Upkins


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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.

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