Jeanne Blake is a leadership communication advisor and 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 is a trusted advisor to senior level executives seeking to enhance their leadership and communication skills. Her clients gain the confidence they need to influence and persuade diverse internal and external audiences to drive visions and strategy. Jeanne also conducts presentation training and media training. Her clients learn to tell their story to all key stakeholders clearly and concisely. While she works with leaders across all industries, the depth of Jeanne's experience in science and medicine distinguishes her communication expertise. She is recognized for her work with innovators preparing for high-impact presentations, including TED Talks and testifying before Congress. Of note is Jeanne’s skilled approach to coaching clients for whom English is a second language.
Facilitator and Moderator
Jeanne is a featured speaker at corporate off-site events. As a facilitator at professional development seminars, her deft interviewing skills and command of complex information ensure an engaged audience.
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 Housecalls 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 produce an extensive, award-winning library of multimedia Words Can Work products to guide communities worldwide in talking about public health challenges.
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 a 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 chief consultant and facilitator for a series of National Football League-sponsored Town Hall meetings on concussions. These events were held across American and co-sponsored by The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, founded by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D.
Jeanne's first 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 booklets, addressing youth and public health issues.
Jeanne lives in Gloucester, MA and New York City. She enjoys photography and distance swimming.