Heart of Gold
Feb 14 12:00pm
VIP Reception, 11:00am
Hilton Americas Hotel
Honoring Angela Blanchard with the Alice Graham Baker Award for her lifetime of service to our community.
Angela Blanchard, President and CEO of BakerRipley, is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development. From disaster recovery, to effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees, Blanchard’s breakthrough strategies have successfully revitalized neighborhoods, while providing a powerful model for cities across the globe facing the complex challenges of community transformation. She has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fast Company magazine, and on CNN and NPR. She is a Senior Nonresident Fellow in the Centennial Scholar Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Frequently sought out by international nonprofit organizations and government leaders, Blanchard has been invited to share her innovative, strength-based framework—Appreciative Community Building. She has received three invitations to the White House and has set the new standard for integrating diverse populations into thriving communities. Under Blanchard’s leadership, BakerRipley has become the largest community development organization in Texas and among the top 1% of charitable groups nationwide. The agency currently serves more than half a million people in nearly 50 counties with an annual budget of more than $250 million.