Author of DARE - Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for WOMEN IN CHARGE
Becky Blalock is the Managing Partner at Advisory Capital, a strategic consulting
firm that provides insight and expertise to companies involved in the energy, information
technology and medical industries. She is the author of “DARE - Straight Talk on Confidence,
Courage, and Career for WOMEN IN CHARGE.”
As former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southern Company,
Blalock spent nearly a decade directing IT strategy and operations for the 3rd largest
utility company in the world. In addition to her work in information technology, Blalock
spent over two decades serving Southern Company in leadership positions including
accounting, corporate communications, customer service, economic development, external
affairs, finance and marketing.
A sought‐after speaker, Blalock has long been recognized as a thought leader in the
IT and utility industries.
Blalock successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
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.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Maja
Sociologist, Author, Guest Expert, CTV's The Social
Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social,
and a TEDx speaker. She is an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up
addict. She also hates the word humble. To deal with the lack of confidence and incessant
apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and
other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”).
Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence,
communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as:
confidence, perfectionism, people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, time-management, and
body positivity. Professor Maja holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University
where she also teaches. Maja was nominated for the YWCA’s 2017 Woman of Distinction
Award, in the category of Education and Mentorship for her commitment to the development
of young women.
Interactive Session: Jennifer Hebblethwaite
Senior Vice President & Champion, All Things Grace
Jennifer Hebblethwaite, Senior Vice President & Champion of All Things Grace, heads
up the Graceworks Atlanta office. From commercial real estate to coaching at the Forest
Park Police Department, Jennifer is an experienced corporate trainer. She’s spent
10 years as a Teaching Artist for a Tony Award-winning theatre and has taught everything
from playwriting to MBA Leadership/Communication on an undergraduate and graduate
level. Jennifer’s teaching style is big and bold.
Interactive Session: Clay Kirkland
Chief Consultant, Wisdom & Creativity Consulting
Clay is the chief consultant for Wisdom & Creativity Consulting and offers a variety
of consulting and coaching services. He has been a Gallup Certified Strengthsfinder
Consultant since 2008, and in the past decade, he has worked with over three thousand
individuals and dozens of corporations and businesses including, Salesforce, BMW,
Sherwin Williams, Valspar, Novarits, Merial, and Elanco Pharmaceuticals, Chick-fil-A,
University of Georgia, Jackson Spalding, and Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Clay
combines a high level of expertise from extensive training with a lively and engaging
presentation style. The result is a professional and practical experience that delivers
enjoyment and invaluable returns for both the individual and team. He resides near
Athens, Georgia, with his wife and six children.
Kiz Adams is a human resource specialist in Wellbeing, Work/Life Balance, and Human
Relations at the University of Georgia. She is an advocate on campus for promoting
balance and wellbeing among faculty and staff and for creating a healthy, positive,
productive work environment at the University. She’s a “Double Dawg,” having earned
her undergraduate degree from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and her law
degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Kiz has spent much of her career
at Georgia Law in teaching and administrative positions, but has had a lifelong passion
for helping people live healthy lives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and
retreats on topics such as work/life balance, stress management, productivity, and
engagement, and facilitates team trainings. She is also certified in Hogan Personality
Assessments, Sherpa Executive Coaching, Real Balance Health and Wellness coaching,
and is a personal trainer and Pilates instructor.
Jhenielle K. Brown is a double dawg. She graduated from the University of Georgia
with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2008, and her Master of Business Administration
in 2013. She has almost a decade of experience in marketing and mass communication
in the financial service technology, CPG, and retail industries. She is currently
a Merchandise Marketing Manager at The Home Depot. She lives just outside of Atlanta
with her husband and son.
Tricia Dempsey is the founder and CEO of Thrive-Her, where she helps ambitious women
live their purpose, and love what they do!
Unlike traditional coaching or training models, Thrive-Her combines digital courses,
group coaching and a thrive-tribe community to strengthen the long-term results women
can achieve. Thrive-Her’s signature program, The Next Level, helps women realize complete clarity
and build bold confidence to achieve their goals, while aligning with their purpose
and strengths, communicating their value, increasing their visibility and building
a vibrant community of support.
Tricia has transformed her own career from a 7th-grade school teacher to an 8-figure
CEO. Before starting Thrive-Her, Tricia started, scaled and sold her IT staffing firm,
Agile, which was recognized for being the #2 fastest growing staffing firm in the
nation, and a 3-time Inc. 5000 company. During this time, Tricia coached over 4,000 women to take their careers to the next
level, providing her first hand learning with how to best support women to realize
Always a passionate advocate for women, Tricia has served on the boards of Susan G.
Komen, where she raised over $320,000 through her own fundraising event as well as
Women in Technology, where she volunteered for over 10 years, and served as the President
of the organization.
Tricia describes Thrive-Her as a movement and her life calling and has a vision for
helping over 10,000 women create thriving careers and lives they love.
Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Professional Women's Conference. Due to an
overwhelming response, this event has sold out. We appreciate your continued support,
and hope you will join us at future Terry College events.
The Mary Virginia Terry Women in Business Student Support Fund was established in 2013 to honor the inspirational leadership of educational and
cultural philanthropist Mary Virginia Terry. The fund annually supports two financial
awards for undergraduate business majors that are presented at the Terry College Professional
2019 Award Recipients
Amanda is a junior studying Economics from Auburn, Georgia. She currently serves as
the junior coordinator for the Terry Women’s Initiative and is a student assistant
in the Terry College Undergraduate Student Services Office. She is a member of Women
in Economics, Women in Finance, Kappa Delta sorority and serves as an undergraduate
Sheweat is an honors student from Tucker, Georgia studying Management Information
Systems and working toward a certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership
through the Institute of Leadership Advancement. Sheweat is a member of the Terry
Student Diversity Advocacy Council, the Arch Society and the African Student Union.
She has interned with Deloitte & Touche, LLP and AT&T Digital Life.
- Genuine Parts
- Georgia Power
- Liberty Mutual
- Sterling Seacrest Partners
- Allied World Insurance Company
- Beecher Carlson
- Crawford & Company
- Georgia Transmission
- FM Global
- McGriff Seibels & Williams