Becky Blalock – Author of DARE: : Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge
Becky Blalock (Atlanta, GA) is the former SVP and CIO of Southern Company where she worked for 33 years before retiring in October 2011. Under her leadership, Southern Company delivered over a billion dollars in new technology initiatives and 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.
Today, Blalock is a partner with Advisory Capital, where she provides strategic consulting, and is on the board of Computers for Youth, Emory Healthcare, the Georgia Health Sciences University, CSI Laboratories, Verdecco, and the business School of Mercer University.
Blalock also speaks regularly before large audiences. She was Women in Technology’s 2011 Legacy Award winner, Energy Biz Magazine’s 2009 CIO of the Year, the 2009 Chairman of the Board of Leadership Atlanta, Computerworld Magazine’s “100 IT Leaders,” and Atlanta Woman’s 2006 Power Woman of the Year.
Helene Lollis – President of PATHBUILDERS
Helene Lollis is president of PATHBUILDERS, and guides strategic direction and program development, provides high-level partnership with clients, and represents Pathbuilders in the community. Trained as a chemical engineer, Helene spent 12 years with Amoco and BP Corporation in plastics process design, product development, marketing, strategic planning and company mergers and acquisitions.
Helene is frequently invited to speak on the topics of mentoring, women in the workplace and career planning. She has been published in HR Magazine, Diversity Executive, and Talent Management. Extremely active in the community, Helene serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women’s Leadership Forum as well as the Private Bank of Buckhead; and is on the Board of Leadership Atlanta. She also serves as Chairman for the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Georgia. She was recognized as a Business to Business Woman of Excellence honoree in 2012, a POW! Purposeful Woman in 2010, and in 2007, received the Guiding Star Award from Emory’s Executive Women of Goizueta.
Pathbuilders transforms top talent into high-impact leaders who move business forward. Through customized programming, Pathbuilders leverages a model that effectively combines mentoring, educational workshops, and interactive peer exchange to accelerate the career growth of individuals and directly contribute to the bottom-line success of client organizations. Pathbuilders was founded in 1995 with a unique focus on developing the potential of high-performing women and creating gender-diverse leadership teams. Today, Pathbuilders leverages the corporate experience of its team to develop impactful developmental experiences for high-potential men and women in forward-thinking organizations. Pathbuilders has worked with nearly 4000 professionals from more than 400 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies.