Blaze helps professionals become more effective and move critical conversations forward constructively through coaching, training facilitation, and consulting. He invests in understanding how his clients’ personalities and backgrounds influence their thought process and uses those insights to help them change their perspectives and approach.
Blaze works with professionals in a range of junctures in their careers – often in the midst of some kind of career transition whether that be vying for a promotion, on-boarding to new stretch roles, or determining when to leverage or mitigate strengths and weaknesses. He helps clients to clarify their intentions and adjust approaches to effectively hold challenging conversations moving themselves, their teams, and organizations forward.
Blaze served as the Senior Director of Career Management at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In that role he led a global coaching team responsible for the development, design, and implementation of leadership and career development workshops and coaching for approximately 1,800 students in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong and more than 53,000 alumni around the world. Prior to joining Booth Blaze worked at Deloitte in a variety of training facilitation, coaching, and talent development roles in the U.S. and Australia. In his last role as Senior Manager and Leader of the Leadership Coaching services area, he created an internal coaching practice that focuses on designing and delivering leadership development training supported by individual coaching with partners, directors, and senior managers.
Blaze has undergraduate degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. He is certified in Korn Ferry Leadership Architect and Korn Ferry 360. He is certified in Hogan Assessments, Leadership Versatility Index, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Blaze is also a provisionally certified Crucial Conversations trainer.