Arthur Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot and owner and chairman of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta, will speak at 10:10 a.m. March 27 at the Chapel.
Blank's business portfolio also includes PGA TOUR Superstore, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana and AMB Group.
Blank and the Falcons, in partnership with the city of Atlanta and state of Georgia, are the private funders of the new Atlanta stadium, which will open in 2017.
In addition to his for-profit work, Blank is dedicated to serving communities personally. The Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $300 million to support early childhood development, education, the arts, and parks and greenspace. In addition, spurred by the new stadium public-private partnership, the foundation recently committed to a $15 million investment in the neighborhoods surrounding the new stadium with the goal of creating long-term transformational change and vital, healthy neighborhoods.
Blank serves on the board of trustees of The Carter Center, The Cooper Institute and The First Tee.
The Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their unique leadership styles and experiences.