The value of philanthropy
When the Executive Women of Goizueta (EWG) gathered for “Cocktails at Bloomingdales” in late August, they were joined by Goizueta Business School Dean Larry Benveniste, Vice Dean Maryam Alavi, and EWG’s guest of honor, Stephanie Blank, a trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and wife of Arthur Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot Corporation and owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team.
Blank, a mother of three, serves on several boards, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, where she is chair. Blank delivered a short talk at the EWG event, stressing the importance of making philanthropy a part of one’s career. “If you are good, smart, and energetic, company boards will want you,” she said.
During an informal Q&A, Blank answered questions posed by several attendees, including one about work/life balance. “I didn’t want my kids to suffer because I was gone all the time,” she told the group. “I have to remind the organizations I work with that I’m a volunteer and I need to pull back sometimes,” said Blank. When asked about her passion for sports, she admitted to watching ESPN’s show Sportscenter “over and over,” and to fielding a fantasy football team. “I love sports,” she said. “The competition, teamwork, and striving to be the best you can be.”
In closing, EWG’s 2009 president, Laura Balser 94BBA 01MBA, senior vice president & principal managing director, Balser Companies, described Blank’s presentation as “the epitome” of the EWG’s mission: to motivate one another to be successful leaders at work, at home, and in the community.