Becky Blalock "40 Under 40" Keynote for Georgia Trend Magazine
Becky Blalock is the Managing Partner at Advisory Capital, a strategic consulting firm that provides insight and expertise to companies involved in the energy, information technology and medical industries.
As former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southern Company, Blalock spent nearly a decade directing IT strategy and operations for the 6th largest utility company in the world. Under her leadership, Southern Company was recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld magazine. In addition to her work in information technology, Blalock spent over two decades serving Southern Company in leadership positions including accounting, corporate communications, customer service, economic development, external affairs, finance and marketing.
A sought--after speaker, Blalock has long been recognized as a thought leader in the IT and utility industries. Computerworld magazine identified her as a Premier IT Leader and she was named CIO of the Year by Energy Biz magazine, Georgia CIO Leadership Association and Computers for Youth organization. She has been named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle's 100 Most Influential Atlantans and is listed among Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Blalock has testified before the DOE and FCC on behalf of the utility industry regarding matters related to information technology, cyber security and telecommunications.
Becky Blalock is a member of the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She serves as Chair of the Technology Cabinet for United Way of Greater Atlanta and also Chairs the Advisory Board of Emory Healthcare. A graduate of both Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia, she was named a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and Leadership Foundation.
Blalock has received a host of distinctions including the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia CIO Leadership Association and the Legacy Award from Women in Technology. An advocate for women and children, Blalock was recognized as Power Woman of the Year by Atlanta Woman magazine and received the Shining Star Award from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Furthermore, her efforts on behalf of women have been recognized by Girl Scouts and the YWCA. She has written a bestselling book titled DARE, Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge published by Wiley, October 2013.
Blalock successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree with honors in finance from Mercer University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia.
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DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career
Based on Becky Blalock’s bestselling book, DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge (Wiley), this session focuses on proven strategies to build relationships, create opportunities and ultimately great careers. Gathered from Becky’s 33-years of experience at Southern Company, a Fortune 200 utility company, and from interviews with 100+ highly successful executives for her book, these time-tested themes and tips provide guidance for people at all stages of their career.
- Begin within
- Be bold
- Invest in relationships
DARE to Take Charge of Your Career
During her 33-year career at Southern Company, a Fortune 200 utility company, Becky Blalock rose to become SVP & CIO in a traditionally male-dominated industry. In her book, DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge (Wiley) she shares her hard-won advise on how you can gain confidence, find mentors, allies and manage others – and ultimately reach the highest tier of leadership. This session empowers attendees to take charge of their career using proven strategies to build relationships, promote potential, and ultimately create the opportunities on which great careers are founded, nurtured, and grown.
- Dare to begin within: Know who you are and what you want
- Dare to be bold: Don’t be afraid to fail, take risks and go after what you want
- Dare to invest in relationships: The more you give, the more you get
DARE to be Bold and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Make your dreams come true. We all love being in our comfort zone. That’s the place where we feel safe, accepted and valued. But stepping outside that zone and trying new things is what enables us to grow and reach our potential in life and in our careers. Stepping outside the zone means we risk failure while gaining so much more.
- Failure is not failure, it’s feedback
- Women in particular must learn to step outside the zone in the corporate world
- How to create social safety nets
DARE to Blaze New Trails—Fireside Chat/Q&A
Host an interactive discussion with Becky Blalock and an emerging leader or senior leader in your organization. Becky shares her insights, stories and tips in a dynamic conversation with the interviewer and the audience about her trailblazing career to the C-suite in the male dominated utility industry. Drawing insights from her career and book, DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge (Wiley). This session is ideal for networks, diversity groups and professional associations.
DARE to be BOLD—Fireside Chat/Q&A
How do you create change in your organization? In an interactive interview with an internal leader, Becky Blalock shares her own hard-won advise along with mentoring lessons from the twenty-eight top female executives who were interviewed for her bestselling book. This session explores how reaching the highest tier of leadership is only the beginning of the journey – mentorship, sponsorship, paying it forward and creating a path for the next generation of women are essential elements of bold leadership.
Including Women: What You Need To Know
This timely session is designed to help managers understand the unique challenges women face on the job. Women are leaving the STEM workforce in droves, Becky will illuminate the reasons why and highlight proven techniques to help women feel more included and valued. Attendees will leave with ideas they can implement immediately to make the work environment more rewarding, creative and productive for all members of the team.
- How to identify the gaps and pitfalls in your work environment
- Proven techniques to retain women (and men) on your team
- Strategies on how to widen the conversation on inclusion
Women in Technology
Some of the fastest growing and best paying jobs in the next 10 years will be in the information technology area. Yet, we are not seeing our young women pursue degrees in computer science. In fact there are 3 states where no young women took the AP test for computer science. Nationwide only 20% of the test takers were women. IT has become branded as a field for geeks and nothing could be further from the truth.
Becky’s keynote focuses on the need for more women to pursue this exciting field and the opportunities it provides. Of the 28 women interviewed for her book, DARE Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for WOMEN IN CHARGE, 7 are the CIO or top IT professional in their organization. Highlighting great role models and showing it is possible for women to be very successful in this area is critical to recruiting and retaining them.
Where Are The Women?
We are entering a period with more open STEM jobs than there are candidates for those positions. What happened to the women who have STEM and computer science degrees? Why did they opt-out of this lucrative and growing field? And where are the current college graduates? Why aren’t they clamoring for these vital positions in a booming field? This keynote is a thought-provoking session for senior managers to assess what they can do to evolve their workforce.
- Reasons why women are leaving the field (hint these reasons impact other minorities and men)
- Reasons young women are not seeing IT/ Computer Science as a career option
- Action steps for making immediate inroads within
DARE to Play Golf
Becky Blalock is teaming up with Jackie Cannizzo, PGA golf professional, top ranked instructor and tournament organizer, to offer programs for business women to get involved and advance in the game of golf. The programs are designed for schools, clinics, semi-private lessons or as a private coaching program. Focus is an essential element to success in golf and in business; each program includes business skill building in addition to golf concepts. These programs allow women of all abilities to learn the game and improve their proficiencies to use the game for recreation, business and informal networking.
Vice President, Member Engagement, Dallas Regional Chamber
Months later, we are still receiving positive feedback on Becky's inspiring keynote address at our Women's Business Conference. Attendees found her straight-talk on confidence, courage, and career refreshing and packed with actionable suggestions for women executives at all levels of their career.
2013 President, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Atlanta
Becky Blalock is the ‘real deal’. She is an engaging presenter who relates the ins and outs of her ‘real life’ climb to the top in a way that’s genuine and inspiring. Her book and presentation combines humor, anecdotes, research and lessons culled from the hard won successes and character-building setbacks of many high achieving women. We’re so glad she dared to share with us.
Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Becky is a wonderful presenter, engaging everyone in the audience, from male senior executives to young women just starting their corporate career, with her lively and gracious style. Our site executive stated, “I was so interested in the presentations that I spent more time than I had planned - I really enjoyed Becky’s presentation… The advice that was shared applies to everyone as we all manage our own development and careers.” Becky’s talk received much positive feedback, and she tailored her talk to absolutely hit the target with our audience and the “Think Big, Play Big” theme of our event. She delivered an absolutely perfect keynote for us with grace and style!
SVP, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc
Becky's keynote for our women's business resource group was a huge success. Her advice and wisdom was taken in by all levels of leaders and everyone walked away with several nuggets. It was a huge success. Becky's honest, transparent and fun approach to sharing her leadership journey really resonated with the audience. I'm still getting emails and stopped in the hallway and they all say they same thing...Becky is a gem of a speaker...one special lady!
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