I was in the principal's office a lot in grade school. I was not in trouble. I wanted to speak with a leader. I have been working with and advising leaders ever since. I grew up in the Quaker school system, being taught that everyone is equal and important. When you believe you are as valuable as the leaders you aspire to be, you can better advocate for yourself and achieve your goal.
I am always a step ahead. My legal training conditioned me to be able to anticipate others' next moves and be prepared to react accordingly. When you are prepared, you can advance strategically.
My sixth sense is seeing connections and identifying hidden opportunities. My work in policy has made me keenly aware of context and the complexities in the public and private sectors. I leverage insights and megatrends to help companies and professionals break out of silos, innovate, and make strategic moves, helping to increase their impact and exposure.
Call me the bulldog ballerina - graceful, strong, and persevering.
PrincipAl & Owner
Avery M. Blank
With experience in industry, government, academia and non-profits, and professional organizations, I have worked with some of the most successful leaders and organizations in the world. I have contributed value to The University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security, Johnson & Johnson, Executive Office of the President of the United States, and Duane Morris LLP, among others. Bloomberg Law, Stanford Law, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and the Maryland Daily Record have recognized my work in strategy, women's leadership, and policy.
My writing has appeared in journals and publications, including The Washington Post, Forbes, TIME, Fortune, The World Economic Forum, Fast Company, LeanIn.Org, and Levo League and have commented on NPR.
I regularly speak at conferences, companies, and universities. I have spoken at the U.S. Department of State, Oxford University Power Shift Forum, Campbell Soup Co., Women in Strategy Summit NYC, the National Diversity Women's Business Leadership Conference, and Propelify Innovation Festival; for the American Bar Association and Harvard Law School; and trained women lawyers and law students at the Ms. JD Conference.
I love sports, music, dancing, and exploring the cultures of the 30+ countries to which I have traveled.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D. (Juris Doctor)
Activities & Affiliations
- Forbes, Contributor
- The Wilson Center, Women in Public Service Project, Advisory Council Member
- World Economic Forum, Contributor
- Aspen Ideas Festival, Scholar
- American Bar Association, Board Member
- Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Foundation, Fellow
- New America, Strategic Network Member
- Women's Media Center, SheSource Expert