On Feb. 22, Carter Senior Vice President Malloy Peterson attended and served as a panelist at the 19th Annual Blackburn Institute Annual Symposium, held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on the campus of The University of Alabama.The audience included almost 200 Blackburn Fellows, Student Fellows and Advisory Board members. Topic areas included: Alabama’s competitiveness among the state and the Southeast, critical factors which influence the investment of private capital in any region and the economic future of some of Alabama’s largest metropolitan areas, such as Birmingham.
Bob Woodward, associate editor for The Washington Post, kicked-off the event with the Academic Symposium lecture. Woodward won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Watergate scandal and post 9-11 reporting. He peppered his lecture with stories of personal moments and intimate conversations with those in power over the years. Woodward also emphasized the importance of curiosity in the role of journalists who report on the most powerful leaders of our_time, remarking that one of his greatest concerns included the decline of journalistic curiosity during a time of increased concentration of power.
The Saturday morning general session panel focused on economic development both in the state and across the region and nation. Malloy, a 1997 Blackburn Fellow, participated in this year’s event as a speaker on the economic development panel. She joined Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce at Alabama Department of Commerce, and Dr. Mike Hardin, Dean of the Culverhouse of Commerce & Business Administration.
The event concluded with a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Campus. The actual schoolhouse doors from George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” from Foster Auditorium were on display at the event, demonstrating how far The University of Alabama had come since the 1960s.
The Blackburn Institute was created by Dr. John L. Blackburn, a former administrator at the University of Alabama, and one of the key figures in the historic peaceful integration of African Americans into the Capstone. In 1995, the Blackburn Institute was founded as an organization within The University of Alabama’s Division of Student Affairs, which would cultivate the future and ethical leaders for Alabama and the nation.
Today, the organization boasts 450 fellows and has established itself as one of the most unique and dynamic leadership development organizations at any institution of higher education in the country. Each year, approximately 25 students are selected to join the organization from among 300 nominees. Selected students participate in a full year of educational events, including Birmingham, Montgomery, andrural Alabama travel experiences, an Annual Symposium and other panels and events.
At Carter, Malloy leads Carter’s Strategic Consulting Practice, which partners with public and private clients to deliver customized, results-oriented strategic real estate solutions. Carter has provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of State; State of Georgia; Invest Atlanta, Atlanta’s Development Authority; City of Atlanta; Atlanta Housing Authority, The Y, and the Development Authority of Clayton County, among others.
In January, Carter assisted in the relocation of Invest Atlanta. Check out our previous blog post to learn more. Additionally, the company’s recently completed University Station assignment was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week.