About

“There is no magic in magic.
It’s all in the details.”

-Walt Disney

Blake Street Group was formed out of a recognition of one simple pattern: companies that generate extraordinary results do so by selecting and developing great people. Over the past decade, we have been solely dedicated to helping companies achieve extraordinary returns through people.

Why BSG?

Since forming, BSG set out to be the best in the world at assessing, developing, and aligning executives and organizations. Clients work with BSG for:

Unbiased Answers and Solutions

BSG delivers answers and solutions to its clients’ most difficult questions and challenges. As an independent advisor, we play a valuable role in critical human capital and operating decisions often complicated by lack of information and clarity. We have a proven track record, measured and analyzed by long-term clients.

Combined operating, private equity, and talent management experience

BSG is not a team of career consultants. Having worked directly in operating companies and private equity firms, BSG’s team understands the challenges and sensitivities that its clients face.

Actionable insights and recommendations

BSG delivers data-driven answers and solutions.

Dedication and hard work

While BSG leverages its decade-plus history and experience to identify critical insights, the firm adheres to an important philosophy: “You gotta do the work.”   There are no short-cuts for critical human capital decisions. The principals of Blake Street Group execute every assessment.

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Our Team

BSG leverages years of experience in multiple talent management, advisory, and private equity roles.

Andy Rourke

Managing Director

Andy is a Managing Director of Blake Street Group. He has spent the last 20 years working closely with management teams on organizational strategies, operations, and mergers & acquisitions. Andy’s past work experience includes roles at The Carlyle Group, Centennial Ventures, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Robertson Stephens. He has executed numerous private equity investments and acquisitions of companies across various industries, and he has served on the Board of Directors of several growth companies.

Andy is a trained coach (Coach’s Training Institute) and has worked with several leading executives and entrepreneurs. He has taught classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Daniels School of Business. He has been a board member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and he is a former president of the Denver Business Series. Andy received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MBA from Stanford University. He currently lives outside of Boston, MA and is an avid skier and golfer.

Carrie Jablonski

Managing Director

Carrie Jablonski is a Managing Director of Blake Street Group and heads the company’s Leadership Advisory Practice. For over 10 years, she has served as a close advisor to investors, boards and CEOs on their most important leadership challenges.

She specializes in helping organizations—both public and private—gain alignment on strategic and human capital priorities, assess and develop talent, diagnose organizational readiness, and manage succession planning. As part of her work, she is a trained mediator and facilitator. Carrie is entrenched in private equity and partners with executives from many of the world’s most successful alternative asset managers.

Previously, Carrie was with ghSMART & Company, specializing in leadership assessment and development. Prior, she was a Partner at the law firm, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott LLP, where she provided strategic guidance, served as trial counsel and negotiated favorable business resolutions for Fortune 500 clients in high-stakes situations.

Her career began at McKinsey & Company, where Carrie advised clients on business strategy, post-merger management and organizational effectiveness, specializing in the financial services sector.

Carrie graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, both with honors. Carrie has taught negotiation and conflict resolution seminars at Harvard.

Jeff Ewing

Managing Director

Jeff is a Managing Director of Blake Street Group. His executive assessment and selection experience spans nearly twenty-five years, working with numerous firms in industries that include telecommunications, software, construction, business and information services, food products, multinational manufacturing, and mining.

Prior to founding Blake Street Group in 2007, Jeff was the Senior Talent Officer for Centennial Ventures, a leading Denver-based venture capital firm. Before joining Centennial, Jeff served in senior executive roles with ConAgra, EDS/Neodata, and Whirlpool Corporation, where he was Director of Executive Development and Talent Management. In addition to his strategic human capital and senior talent management roles, his experience includes membership on corporate acquisition and site-selection teams in the U.S., Mexico, and Asia.

Jeff’s certifications include Benchmarks (a 360°tool) through the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Myers Briggs instrument. He also received his SPHR certification through the Society of Human Resources Management, completed the University of Michigan’s Senior Human Resource Executive Program and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. Jeff has published articles on corporate governance and human resource practices and is a skilled trainer and public speaker.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Jeff has both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. He has served on the board of a major regional hospital and was chairman of the board of a community hospice. Jeff has taught management courses as an adjunct professor at Siena College in Michigan.

Viji Annamalai

Organizational Specialist

Viji has over 20 years of experience in strategy and leadership advisory, working closely with executive teams at alternative investment firms, family- and private equity-owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies across the US, Asia and Europe. She specializes in organizational effectiveness and performance improvement, helping companies optimize organizational factors (talent, processes, organization structure, etc.) to achieve aspirational goals.

She began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised clients on strategy, operational improvement and M&A across a variety of industries including consumer and industrial products, retail, healthcare and financial services. More recently, Viji worked at ghSMART on organizational and talent assessment and development.

Viji earned a BA in economics and political science from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in NYC and is an avid hiker and runner.

Lauren Powers

Executive Coach

Lauren Powers is a Master Certified Coach, a designation fewer than nine hundred people in the world have earned.  For 20+ years she has coached executives inside firms in industries as diverse as finance, technology, hospitality, media, education, manufacturing, retail, and consulting.

She partners with leaders to investigate their self-limiting tendencies and drive behavioral change that enables leaders and organizations to achieve their goals.  Lauren’s approach to coaching, which provokes deep insight and inspires bold action, is creative, challenging, and fun.

She is the author of the book The Trouble with Thinking a guide to how our perceptions create our realities.  As a senior faculty member with The Co-Active Training Institute, she also educates students in becoming professional coaches.

Lauren began her career with Motorola where she supported business units in addressing group dynamics, resolving process improvements, and sustaining large-scale change.  From her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, she has three undergraduate degrees and a master’s in Organizational Behavior.

Lauren is based in Los Angeles, CA and London, England.

Anjani Bhargava

Executive Coach

As an organizational psychologist, Anjani Bhargava has spent the last 15 years working with CEO’s and their management teams fostering the needed culture and leadership skills to execute on their given strategies.

In coaching leaders, she works with people who are serious about their growth and want to transform from operators into culture carriers. She goes beneath the surface to effect long term shifts in mindsets and behaviors. In her work, she blends a strong business orientation and organizational development skills with the deep “human” work of leadership.

Anjani has over 20 years in the industry, as an operator and an advisor, having worked in key leadership roles at Motorola, Pepsi and Lenovo. More recently she was also the Chief HR Officer for Topco and Chief Talent and Organization Development Officer for Abundant Venture Partners. She has worked with leaders across organizations of varying sizes and industries, including earlier stage, PE backed as well as public companies. She also sits on boards of several early-stage companies, and is an active investor.

Anjani graduated from the University of California, Riverside with her degree in Psychology and did her graduate studies towards a PhD in Organizational Psychology at Northern Illinois University. Given her broad experience base as a Fortune 100 leader, founder, investor and board member, she understands the complexities leaders face working with their key stakeholders to achieve critical business results.

Khatera Sahibzada

Principal

Khatera Sahibzada, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience specializing in executive assessment and development. She has partnered with a broad range of institutions ranging from the lower middle-market to Fortune 500, across functions and industries. Khatera has worked in the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and China. She has been featured in the Washington Post, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, Scientific American and the World Economic Forum.

She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California (USC), where she teaches graduate courses on employee selection and assessment.

Khatera began her career as a consultant with Korn Ferry, where she advised companies on selection and assessment, leadership development and performance management. She earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge, her M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Portland State University, where she was awarded a SYLFF Graduate Fellowship for International Research and was a recipient of the Grant for Cultural Cooperation by Spain’s Ministry of Culture.

Margaret Dipp

Chief of Staff

Margaret Dipp is the Chief of Staff, Leadership Advisory, at Blake Street Group.  Margaret brings over 12 years of investor focused Private Equity and Venture Capital experience from the Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), Longwood Fund, and Brazos Private Equity.  Margaret also led and created content for a series of national CEO conferences.  Margaret received a Master’s from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s with honors from Southern Methodist University.

Carrie Jablonski

Managing Director

Viji Annamalai

Organizational Specialist