Please save the date for the 2019 Terry College Professional Women's Conference:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Home Depot Store Support Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Registration will be available in early fall 2019.

For questions or corporate sponsorship information, please contact Natalie Glenn,


Keynote Speaker: Becky Blalock

Becky Blalock

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

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

Jennifer Hebblethwaite

Senior Vice President & Champion, All Things Grace

Jennifer Hebblethwaite, Senior Vice President & Champion of All Things Grace, heads up our Graceworks Atlanta office. From commercial real estate to coaching Atlanta’s finest Men in Blue 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. She is foremost a compassionate coach and trainer, but as our rogue academic, Jennifer also gets excited about things like semantics and semicolons. She leads our Gracewriting® program and is trained in Whole Brain® Thinking, which is designed to use every last brain cell. Jennifer’s teaching style is big and bold, and she can’t wait to help you help your listeners.

Interactive Session: Clay Kirkland

Clay Kirkland

Chief Consultant Wisdom & Creativity Consulting

Clay is the chief consultant for Wisdom & Creativity Consulting and offers a variety of consuting 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 Fila, 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.


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 Women's Conference.


2018 Award Recipients

Elizabeth Doherty

Elizabeth Doherty

Elizabeth is an honors student studying finance, international business and Spanish and plans to earn a certificate in sustainability as well. She will graduate in spring of 2019. Elizabeth has studied in Chile, Argentina and Spain. She is the president of Women in Business and serves on the philanthropy committee of Pi Beta Phi. She has completed internships at Equifax, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and UGA’s Office of Sustainability.

Jingke (Lucy) Xiao

Jingke (Lucy) Xiao

Lucy is an honors Accounting student who will complete her undergraduate degree in spring of 2019 and her Masters of Acccountancy the following year. She is an International Honors Scholar and a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and Atlas Society. She has studied at Oxford University through the UGA at Oxford program, completed the Deloitte Summer Leadership program and is a member of Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honors Society.

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