by Karina Timmel
Job: President of Advisory Capital
Born in: Greenville, South Carolina
Lives in: Brookhaven
There is no typical day in the life of Becky Blalock. She may be writing an article for the Wall Street Journal about her book, DARE; attending a customer event for Tech Mahindra, a global IT sourcing company based in India; or speaking to an engaged group of successful women, as one of them. Her first job out of college (University of West Georgia for undergrad, Mercer University for her master’s and Harvard Business School) was with Georgia Power, where, until retiring recently, she worked for 33 years. She spent 12 years in accounting and finance and then moved to marketing, regulatory affairs, corporate communications and finally, IT. Her first vice president role was as head of community and economic development at Georgia Power, after which she was promoted to senior vice president and CIO at Southern Company, where she spent 9 years.
Retirement for Blalock isn’t all about gardening and scuba diving (two of her favorite pastimes), however. This determined woman launched her own consulting business, where her primary role is supporting Tech Mahindra. She also is traveling the U.S. promoting her first book, a leadership guide for women filled with lessons learned. “So much of our success is just believing that ‘you can do it’! We all need to dare to boost our confidence,” she says.
Her Biggest Life Lesson
“My parents, who did not have much in the way of material possessions, taught me the most important things in life are those which double when given away—friendship, love, respect and gratitude.”