Former Director of Youth Services for Detroit’s Mayoral Cabinet
Named one of America's Top 35 Millennial Influencers by the Next Big Thing (NBT) Movement (2017)
Recipient of the President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Community Service Award (2016)
Shawn Blanchard is an author, entrepreneur and mentorship specialist. He was born in Detroit with drugs in his system, and engulfed in an environment with drug lords, poverty, thieves, death, loneliness, and a lack of guidance. Shawn’s journey against the odds led him to two degrees, accolades, awards, and recognition, but most of all service to ensure that many with similar life circumstances would have a pathway to success.
Shawn knows what it means to turn test into testimony. He is a firm believer that we never lose instead we simply win or gain wisdom. Throughout his humble beginnings he has applied these simple truths that have helped him evolve into an upstanding gentleman and exactly what he needed as a child to many. Through co-founding a successful mentoring program—which extended to legal guardianship of a teenager, obtaining multiple degrees, and leading a math department to the top 5% in NYC, Shawn has defined what it means to be a modern day “Renaissance Man”. Shawn has been featured in Essence Magazine as “Man of the Month”, CNN’s “Impact Your World”, Black Enterprise’s “Be Modern Man”, and most recently featured as a TEDx keynote speaker where he discussed the “Science of Mentorship.” Additionally, Blanchard has taught mathematics at the University of Michigan, and co-founded fitness movement Run This Town/ Networkingout.
Along his journey, Shawn Blanchard was appointed to the city of Detroit’s Mayoral Cabinet as the Director of Youth Services. Throughout his tenure he successfully launched a citywide elementary soccer league, and provided nearly 5600 jobs while heading the “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent” youth employment initiative. He also served as the Detroit Mayor’s Office Liaison of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) initiative, and continues to serve as an active board member. Shawn also serves on a number of boards including Real Life 101. Currently, Blanchard is the CEO of Lions Dream, LLC and Co-Owner of SnapSuits, where he is positioned as Social Responsibility Advisor.
As a result of his leadership and dedication to serving his community, Blanchard was most recently awarded the 2016 President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Community Service Award, selected as the 2015 University of Michigan Emerging Leader, and awarded the Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 award. In sum, Shawn uses his life experiences to enable people to live life to the fullest with a winning perspective.
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