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PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE
AND PAY IT FORWARD
The former CIO of Southern Company, the fourth-largest utility in the U.S.,
shares what she and other successful female business leaders have learned in
their careers - and dares other women to aspire to that kind of success

Author of the best-selling book Dare: Straight
Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career
for Women in Charge, Becky Blalock is a
sought-after speaker and thought leader.
She is currently the Managing Partner at
Advisory Capital, a strategic consulting
firm specializing in the energy, information
technology, and medical industries.
During her 33-year career with Southern
Company, Blalock held a variety of leadership
positions before becoming Senior Vice
President and Chief Information Officer.
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.

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 Advisory Board of Emory
Healthcare and is on the advisory board of
several private equity companies. She was
named a Fellow of the International Women's
Forum and Leadership Foundation and has
received the Honorary Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership
Association and the Legacy Award from
Women in Technology.
The following is an edited transcript of
Blalock's recent phone conversation with CIO
Straight Talk Contributing Editor Gil Press.

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