Meet Ann Blocker – Head of Ops

Ann Blocker

“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” ― Seth Godin

In her own words

I’ve spent 25 years in business. The first ten were spent at Accenture, leading multi-million dollar strategy and process projects with Fortune 500 companies. There, I learned how to diagnose a problem. How to recognize when you don’t have enough information to draw a conclusion. Different ways to manage projects and their people, both the clients who hire you and the team that staffs them. The next ten years were spent in start-ups, usually as the COO or Vice President of Client Services for seed-stage companies. Start-ups taught me to be scrappy. Shaped my understanding of ‘good enough.’ Taught me to recognize what does and doesn’t work, when solving problems. And trained me to always, always focus on what’s important. The last five years, I’ve merged these two areas, helping companies with $1-$5million in revenue structure their operations and organization to scale.

I still actively lead organizations, usually in an interim COO role. I facilitate strategic planning sessions. I ensure that the operations of an organization – the finances, processes and technology – support and enable the organization, rather than getting in the team’s way and dragging them down. I help shape and refine an organization’s culture through staff management, team building and team meetings. And I work 1:1 with executives and founders, to ensure that they are conscious and deliberate in the vision they’re creating for their organization.

For fun, I help produce CreativeMornings/Austin each month. We believe that everyone is creative, and that nothing beats the power of community. My defintion of “community” got super-charged as the lead planner for the 2016 CreativeMornings Summit, which brought together 200+ organizers from 85 chapters in 25 countries. My “community” got even larger when I co-produced the Women’s March in Austin for 60,000-100,000 attendees in 2017.