Empowering people to be their best has been Allison Blankenship’s life calling. With a career spanning more than two decades, Allison is the go-to person for accelerating results through powerful communications and work-life balance.
She began her love of engaging audiences and creating powerful messages by organizing Ronald McDonald neighborhood carnivals as a child. Seeing the impact of giving back to community sparked an interest in developing others that led to establishing the first in-house training video center for a nationally rated retailer.
Armed with media training both as on-camera talent and coaching executives, Allison then explored the art of creating buy-in through an advertising career and writing television ads for Pontiac and Ford. Escaping corporate America to “fly the friendly skies,” she honed her strategies of thinking quickly on her feet and communicating under pressure as a flight attendant, handling hundreds of diverse personalities each day.
Allison was grounded when the airline went bankrupt and was surprised to find she qualified for food stamps. Undaunted, she went on to create the first tourism and visitor center for the SE region of Macy’s. Working closely with hotels and area attractions, Allison developed collaborative strategies and negotiation skills to increase revenues while boosting business activity.
Allison was noticed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and was soon tapped to become one of the first female Regional Director of Public Relations over Florida and Mexico. While at Ritz-Carlton, she was honored with a national Golden Bell award and participated in the leadership team that won the first Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award from the U.S. government for a service industry. She also discovered the power of work-life balance when 70-80 work weeks brought dire physical consequences and burn-out.
Imagine Allison’s surprise when a merger with Marriott Hotels disassembled the regional team and once again, she recreated her career – this time developing the first government funded tourism bureau in Collier County, FL through the Naples Area Tourism Bureau (NATB). Her press missions resulted in bringing new businesses and visitors from around the globe, including Japan and Brazil.
After marrying and inheriting two small children, Allison started her own motivational speaking and training company with offices in Naples, FL and Birmingham, AL in 1996. Considered to be a premier expert in communicating complex ideas through simple-to-use concepts, Allison’s clients include: Bank of America, Wal-Mart Home Office, First Energy, NIH, Diageo, Southwest Florida Water Management District, LexisNexis and Salix Pharmaceuticals.
Clients repeatedly bring Allison back for keynotes, to facilitate meetings and conduct hands-on training. She is the co-author of four books on communication, life balance and managing unexpected life changes. Her latest book, The Happy App: A Strategic System for Boomer Bliss, is captivating readers with inspiring, hands-on tools and techniques to create sustainable happiness after 50.