Dana Blankenship worked in the change management practice at Accenture for nearly 15 years until she and her husband left their jobs to better care for their oldest daughter, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Blankenship started her own consulting firm a couple of years later.

“I started out taking a gig at Frito Lay for a consultant who used to work for me,” she said. “Then another consultant who worked for me gave me a (second) gig, and it was bigger than I could do alone, so I asked some others to join me.”

The 55-year-old owner and CEO of Blankenship Change Consulting will be among six women recognized for leadership and service at the Texas Women’s Foundation’s annual leadership forum and awards dinner April 30.

Her firm, founded in 2005 and certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, helps organizations with change management, communication, organization design and development, training design and development, and creative services. Clients include Neiman Marcus, 7-Eleven, and Southwest Airlines.

She has lived in the area for 20 years and sent two daughters to the Episcopal School of Dallas.