Charity can be a career booster

When you work with colleagues on a philanthropy project, it benefits your career. That’s what Becky Blalock, senior vice-president and CIO of Southern Co. in Atlanta, tells her staff. “The issues we are facing are universal,” Blalock says.

By talking with peers, she might come across the answer to a problem she’s been trying to solve. Blalock has been working with TechBridge, a nonprofit that provides IT consulting to other nonprofits, for several years.

Among many projects, she has worked alongside other major corporations in Atlanta to build Habitat for Humanity houses. “I like it because my security people are out there with security people from Georgia Power,” she says.

Vendors can pitch in too. “We allow vendors to participate with us, which they like because they get some airtime with us,” she says.

Blalock’s charity and volunteer work is extensive. That’s why Computers For Youth (CFY) gave her this year’s CIO of the Year award, recognizing a CIO for community service.

Blalock’s already thinking of ways to help CFY. “I’m hoping to build a partnership between TechBridge and CFY,” she says. “A lot of kids don’t have access to technology, and they’re in a world where, to be successful, you have to have that.”

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Related Tech News

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.