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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blank at Bloomingdale's

What could be better than doing a little shopping at Bloomingdale’s on a Wednesday night? What about shopping and champagne with 75 incredible women and a two or three pretty great men?

The Executive Women of Goizueta and Goizueta Business School hosted their 3rd annual women’s donors event, Wednesday, August 26, at Bloomingdale’s where the women were thanked for their support of the business school and treated to an intimate conversation with Stephanie Blank (left, photo by Allison Shirreffs), the chair of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Trustees and a trustee of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

The evening began with hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and networking in a private space in the women’s department at Bloomingdale’s and continued with presentations from the Laura Balser 94B 01MBA, president of the Executive Women of Goizueta; the general manager of Bloomingdale’s; and Goizueta Dean Larry Benveniste, who introduced Blank as the keynote speaker for the evening.

After spending time talking about the importance of giving time and money to causes that women are passionate about, Blank took questions from the group. In response to a question about how she stays so down to earth, Blank said, "I never want to embarrass my mother and I want to make sure I don’t raise bratty kids. If you keep those two things in the back of your mind, you’ll be okay."

As if we needed any additional encouragement to shop, Bloomingdale’s donated 10% of the evening’s purchases back to the business school, this is exactly what I told my husband when I returned home with multiple “big brown bags.”

--Emily Takieddine 02C, senior associate director of development, Goizueta Business School

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