Policy and Advocacy Legends

The right next steps, reflections and insights, an interview with Helen Blank

At the end of June, over 100 attendees gathered in Chicago for the Ounce’s annual Policy Exchange (June 26 – 28, 2019), a convening that allows for in-depth policy discussions and collaborative learning on a range of topics. Consisting of plenaries and breakout sessions, this year’s Exchange participants explored equity through the theme of “Uniting for Families: Building a Longer Table.”

In addition to plenaries and breakout sessions, participants had the pleasure of listening to Helen Blank, former Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women’s Law Center. She also led the federal Child Care and Early Learning Coalition and authored numerous reports during her tenure, including an annual report on state childcare policies.

As a life-long child and family advocate, Ms. Blank shared lessons and wisdom gleaned from almost half a century of advocacy work at this year’s Policy Exchange. Reminding those in the audience to start with a “bold vision and a big ask,” she stressed the value of maintaining perspective when working on this issue. Helen also reminded the audience of the importance of not letting our fears define our paths and to stay focused on your goals. To hear more from this policy hero, click the link below.

See the videos below to hear more from this policy legend.


Sustaining hope, an interview with Helen Blank

In this short video, Helen shares insights on winning people over, making friends and sustaining hope. Watch this short video for some highlights from her talk during the convening.


Celebrating your successes, an interview with Helen Blank

In this short video, Helen shares thoughts on the importance of focus, perspective, celebrating your successes and being kind. Watch this short video for some highlights from her talk during the convening.


Leadership tips, an interview with Helen Blank

In this short video, Helen offers emerging leaders tips and advice as they continue on in the field. Watch this short video for some highlights from her talk during the convening.