Dr. Shannon Block

Executive Director and Chief Digital Officer
Markle Foundation

Location: Denver, CO
Founded: 1927
Industry: Workforce

According to her staff, Dr. Shannon Block has dedicated her life to reimagining a more inclusive society. She is an expert in helping communities better leverage their data to enhance impact and empower good decision making across complex issues. As the Executive Director, COO and Chief Digital Officer of Markle, she has led her team to connect unemployed workers during the pandemic to good jobs that required a concerted effort to help them move from low-wage, low mobility origins to more attractive employment options.

“She has formed over 140 partnerships across the four corners of Colorado and has exemplified the highest moral standards and encourages the same in others,” said her staff. “She has reimagined the workforce and its potential in connecting local people to opportunity, helping millions get on better pathways.”

Dr. Block is known as a global leader and keynote speaker on strategy and digital transformation, presenting at conferences hosted by Bloomberg, CNBC, YPO and Employers Council. She has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 and a Power Book Finalist. She has served as a trusted advisor to the former chairman and CEO of Google, as well as the state of Colorado. Her digital expertise has given her experiences such as awarding organizations to receive multi-milliondollar gifts and leading computer science courses at Arapahoe Community College, inspiring the next generation of happy graduates and great employees.

“She is most proud of never confusing her career with her life,” said her staff. “She leads a joyous life in service to others.”

Dr. Block believes that you should choose what is good for your soul, not your ego, while recognizing that change takes energy and most change is positive. “I measure my success as a leader in my ability to establish trusted relationships at my work and within my community,” said Block. “Establishing trust with my teams means that the people I work with are comfortable about being open with me, which allows us to operationalize a shared vision together.”

She believes in attaching yourself to a mission, a calling and a purpose to be impactful. “When you hit bumps in the road, anchoring yourself in that purpose will help you with your power and peace,” said Block. “When you change your thinking, you change your life and purpose at work is a place worthy of your attention.”

For her life-changing service and leadership, Dr. Block has been named a Titan of industry.

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"When you hit bumps in the road, anchoring yourself in that purpose will help you with your power and peace. When you change your thinking, you change your life and purpose at work is a place worthy of your attention."