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Ronnie Blanton

Director Curriculum and Staff Development Division | Foreign Service Institute


Ron Blanton entered the talent development field as a result of his passion to help others succeed. After a 27-year military career where he had two assignments as an instructor in leadership academies developing new leaders, Ron had the distinct pleasure of serving our great nation by becoming the course manager for all leadership courses received by locally hired staff at US embassies abroad with the US Department of State. This was a perfect fit for Ron, who had more than 20 years of experience as a leader, an academic background in leadership, and assignments as a leadership instructor. He lived the leadership theory that he was teaching.

Ron currently serves as the director of the curriculum and staff development division with the US Department of State, Foreign Service Institute (FSI). In this capacity, he and his team deliver a full battery of “train the trainer” courses for foreign service officers (diplomats) assigned to FSI based on their subject matter expertise and scheduled to become instructions. Ron enjoys this position because it has a direct impact on what happens in the world of foreign affairs. When diplomats are trained well, that means Ron and his team have done their jobs and America is strong and righteous on the international stage.

With more than 20 years of classroom experience, Ron’s number one claim to fame is his passion in the classroom. He has trained in more than 92 countries around the world delivering leadership and train the trainer courses. Ron holds an ATD Master Trainer certificate, is an MBTI certified practitioner, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People trainer, and certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the prestigious John Maxwell Company, led by the bestselling author and world-renowned leadership guru John Maxwell.

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