Author of the bestselling book DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge and a trailblazer to the C-suite, Becky Blalock is a sought after speaker, thought leader and champion of skill and relationship building to achieve success in the workplace. She is the Managing Partner at Advisory Capital; an Atlanta-based consulting firm providing strategic insight for companies involved in the energy and information technology industries. During her 33-year career with Southern Company, Becky held a variety of leadership positions before becoming Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Becky spent almost a decade directing IT strategy and operations across nine subsidiaries of Southern Company. Under her leadership, Southern Company invested more than a billion dollars in new technology initiatives and was recognized as one of the utility industries most innovative companies and one of the best places to work in IT.
She is the recipient of numerous honors, including CIO of the year in the utility industry, Premier IT Leader, a CIO Lifetime Achievement Award and for her community work. Becky was named one of the 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017 by INC magazine.
Becky is on the Boards of Aspen Aerogels, Electric Power Research Institute, and Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure. She serves on numerous committees for these boards including Audit, Compensation, and Risk and Finance. She is also a Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Foundation and on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center.
Becky successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University along with a Fellowship at Stanford Business School in IT innovation. Recently, she earned her certification in cyber security at Georgia Tech. 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.