Becky Blalock, the former senior vice president and chief information officer for Atlanta-based Southern Co., now has another title to add to her résumé — author.
The Brookhaven resident and managing partner at consulting firm Advisory Capital recently debuted her first book “DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge.” The book encourages women to rise to the top in the corporate world or other arenas of life.
“I knew all along that I wanted to do something specifically for women because there’s still not that many women who have broken through the glass ceiling. There are some unique challenges for women that I felt that I could speak to,” Blalock said. “But really, these lessons are applicable to anybody whether they’re in business or not, [such as women] trying to be successful as an entrepreneur or as a community leader.”
She said she saw writing the book as an extension of the mentoring she has done throughout the course of her career.
“I told myself if I ever retired, I was going to write down a lot of the stories that I have and the things that I’ve experienced and use that to share with other people and try to broaden my mentoring beyond my immediate circle,” she said.
“DARE” includes feedback from 28 top female executives, several of whom work in Atlanta such as Arby’s President Hala Moddelmog, Cinnabon President Kat Cole, Spelman College President Beverly Tatum, Home Depot Chief Financial Officer Carol Tomé and CNN Executive Vice President Susan Grant.
“I think we’re very fortunate in that there are a lot of very talented, senior-level women in Atlanta,” Blalock said. “One thing about Atlanta is the women here really do network and pull together and support each other a lot.”
She added, “One of the things that make this city great is that you sort of rise to influence through your volunteer work and you find a lot of women clustered in doing community service.”
Blalock said she wrote four different versions of the book. She turned to speeches she had made throughout the years as a starting point but said she really strengthened the book by adding the experiences and advice from other top businesswomen.
“I think it’s the interviews with these other women that just really validates everything that’s in the book and makes it so powerful,” she said.