CEO and President of Blake Works
Jeanne Blake is an executive leadership and communication coach, author, award-winning science and medical television journalist/news anchor, and founder of Blake Works. Jeanne has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, CNN, and been featured on NPR and Bloomberg Radio. She is a guest columnist for USA TODAY on qualities of leadership.
Jeanne provides executive leadership and communication coaching, presentation coaching and facilitates group trainings about key behaviors of effective leaders. (Training offerings) Through her coaching she guides clients in strengthening their leadership skills that inspire alignment, mutual trust and collaborative work practices. Jeanne’s clients gain the confidence they need to communicate clearly and concisely to influence and persuade diverse internal and external audiences of all sizes. She is recognized for her work with innovators preparing for high-impact presentations, including investor roadshows. While she works with leaders across all industries, the depth of Jeanne’s experience in science and medicine distinguishes her communication expertise. Of note is Jeanne’s skilled approach to coaching clients for whom English is a second language.
Keynote Speaker and Moderator
Jeanne is a featured speaker at corporate offsite events. As a creator and facilitator of professional development seminars and offsites, her deft interviewing skills and command of complex information ensure an engaged audience. She is also recognized for her interviews of leaders in her Leadership Conversation Series.
Jeanne has established a record of firsts in TV journalism: the first medical and science beat at CBS affiliate WBZ-TV, Boston; the first co-host of the award-winning nightly program Chronicle at ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, Boston; the first journalist to report on the case of the missing and murdered children in Atlanta, at CBS Affiliate WAGA-TV, Atlanta, receiving national recognition; the first medical segment House Calls at ABC affiliate KMSP-TV, Minneapolis.
After a successful career in commercial television, Jeanne founded Blake Works and Family Health Productions in 1991. Her companies produced and distributed the award-winning library of multimedia Words Can Work products to guide communities worldwide in talking about the public and mental health challenges kids face growing up.
Awards and Recognition
As one of the first reporters in the country to report on HIV/AIDS, Jeanne earned the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award. Americans for Democratic Action honored Jeanne for her “outstanding leadership in the field of healthcare.”
Jeanne is an Honorary Trustee of McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s largest psychiatric facility and she is an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction. Jeanne served as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and was a Kaiser Media Fellow in Health. She co-founded the Perfect Storm Foundation with author Sebastian Junger. Jeanne was the lead consultant and facilitator for a series of NFL-sponsored Town Hall meetings on concussions. The events, held nationally, were co-sponsored by The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, founded by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D.
Jeanne’s book Risky Times: How to be AIDS-Smart and Stay Healthy (Workman) was featured on Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A quarter million copies are in print in English, Spanish and Japanese. Jeanne contributed to AIDS: Prevention Through Education: A World View (Oxford Press). She’s also the author of the popular series of Words Can Work guides, addressing youth and mental and public health issues. Jeanne is the creator and executive producer of the online, multimedia program The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health, which is designed to guide parents and other caring adults in fostering resilience and supporting children during and after the pandemic.
Jeanne lives in Gloucester, MA and New York City. She enjoys photography and distance swimming.