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Dr. Lanise Block

Dr. Lanise Block is an educator at heart, but she’s looking far beyond a single classroom to make real change in the world. She’s worked more than two decades in the Twin Cities school system, including 15 years in the classroom as well as leadership roles. Her experience, backed by multiple degrees in education, gives Lanise an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and unique insight to create innovative systems that take training to the next level for educators and leaders. That’s exactly what she’s doing as the CEO of Sankore Consulting.


Launched in 2017, Sankore leverages organic, partnership-led education solutions. The company works with schools, nonprofits, and government agencies, providing diversity, equity, inclusion, and innovation (DEI) solutions in addition to strategic organizational planning. Lanise and her team of highly qualified consultants provide resources and training for organizational leaders to make courageous, equity based decisions, using various cultural inventories to inform the process.


Without a doubt, Lanise has had a meaningful impact. A few examples of public projects she has worked on include helping to create a cultural competency course that is now required for all MN teachers, as well as a tool that helps parents select the perfect school for their kids based on needs and goals. In addition, she helped to develop a Justice in Education toolkit to address discriminatory practices in school discipline. And Lanise always strives to connect innovation with inclusivity. “You can’t do effective DEI work without Innovation,” she says. Her work earned her an Outstanding Educational Leadership Award from Education 2.0 in recognition for her contribution to the field of education and learning. Lanise’s classroom experience, combined with edtech expertise, merged with expansive knowledge of DEI topics, gives her a significant edge when it comes to developing and implementing successful projects. But it’s the recipients of her work who drive her, and the joy of seeing organizations excel. She plans to expand into the corporate world to establish equity across even more industries.


Lanise holds a bachelor’s in history, master’s in teaching, and doctorate in education, and three graduate certificates: learning technologies, e-learning, teaching online, as well as serval micro credentials including certification in diversity equity and inclusion in the workplace and inclusive and ethical leadership


Dr. Lanise Block

CEO — Sankore Consulting

Website: https://www.sankore.consulting/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laniseblock/

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