About  Us

                                                       Sankore is an ancient college with the University of Timbuktu in West Africa. The University of                                                     Sankore was known for being a highly organic and rigorous space for intellectual as well and                                                                practical   thinking. We chose this name to pay homage and continue the legacy. Our logo includes the Adinkra Symbol which means “Aim High” or “Think Ahead”. This symbol reminds us to set goals. Adinkra Symbols originate from Ghana West Africa and are used to convey messages of 

uplift and heritage.


Sankore Consulting  was founded to foster creative leadership in organizations. We focus on building capacities in Equity, Diversity and Innovation from the classroom to the boardroom. Our team has over 20 years of combined experience in education, training and leadership. We focus on research based frameworks and best practices to build capacity toward proven results. We are our best when we: 

Live-with Passion, Learn-with Intention and Lead with Conviction

 Meet The Team







Dr. Lanise Block is  the Founder & Executive Director of the  Digital Empowerment Academy  and  the Founder and CEO of   Sankore Consulting.

Dr. Block has varied experience in the education sector. She has worked as a: Social Studies  teacher, Program Coordinator, Content Lead K-12: Social Studies, Technology Integration Specialist and Strategic Project Administrator with Minneapolis Public Schools.  

In addition,  Dr. Block is an adjunct professor in the School of Education for the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University Center for  Excellence in Urban Teaching,  Metropolitan State University School of Urban Education and School of Education at Augsburg College 

Dr. Lanise Block  holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Drake University. Additionally,  she holds a Master’s degree in Teaching, two graduate certificates one in E-Learning and another in Learning Technologies and a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Block has specialized training and certification  the following areas:

  • Systematic Innovation Training Specialist

  • Certified Scrum Master

  • Culture & Inclusion Manager

  • Project Management Certificate

  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate

  • Qualified Administrator, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

  • IPad® Prepared Certification

  • Apple Teacher

  • Design Thinking

Dr. Block has publications of her technology integration research and has presented at conferences nationally. Her research interests include digital divide, advocacy and inclusion. LinkedIn Profile 

Dr. Lanise Block
Founder  Principal Consultant

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