Shawn T. Blanchard is the Mentorship Specialist according to Forbes, he delivers captivating talks across the country engaging audiences with his expertise as a millennial thought leader. He's the CEO of Lions Dream Publishing, Co-Owner & Social Responsibility Advisor for a custom suit company, a Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and an active member on a number of boards. In 2017 he toured 42-stops across the country on the “How ‘Bout That” National Book tour with his best-selling book, “How ‘Bout That for a Crack Baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success.” During the tour he provided dozens of custom suits, and hundreds of ties to young leaders.
Shawn KNOWS what it means to turn test into testimony. Blanchard 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 featured in Essence Magazine as “Man of the Month”, CNN’s “Impact Your World”, Black Enterprise “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/ Networking out.
Along his journey, 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. Blanchard has been awarded the President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Community Service Award, the National Made Men Award, and one of America’s Top 35 Millennial Influencers. In sum, Shawn uses his life experiences to enable people to live life to the fullest with a winning perspective.