Tedd Munchak Chair;
After serving as Dean of the College of Business (1999-2007), Blum became the founding director of Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE), an interdisciplinary unit that develops individual and organizational leadership capabilities for economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. ILE's curriculum and activities increase students' attentiveness to the critical cultural, economic, environmental and social issues they will face as they advance in their chosen professions, preparing them to be more effective leaders in an increasingly complex world. ILE programs include the IMPACT speaker series, Ideas to Serve (I2S: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Values Enhancements), the Global Social Ventures Competition, the Business Track of the Leadership minor, and Georgia Tech’s EXCEL program.
She earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1982 and has researched and published on topics related to the organization of and innovation in health services related to behavioral health care. She has served on many NIH study sections, and has been a co-investigator for research grants related to the study of organizational and entrepreneurial factors that influence the transfer, adoption and diffusion of innovation to for-profit and not-for-profit health treatment organizations. She is the co-founder of Georgia Tech’s EXCEL program which provides a 4 year certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration for students with Intellectual Disabilities. She co-develop and a curriculum in entrepreneurship and innovation for graduate students in biomedical technology and life sciences reflecting her interests in technology transfer and value creation. This curriculum has since been expanded to include students from all of the engineering, science and computing disciplines.
She serves as a member of the editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal. She serves on the Scheller College of Business Diversity and Inclusion council, and is the PhD coordinator for Organizational Behavior at the Scheller College. She leads the Enhancing Meaningful Creative Challenges (EMC2) workshop that celebrates Georgia Tech’s newly tenured faculty and the Provost’s Emerging Leadership Program. She also collaborates with colleagues on a NIH training grant to provide a year-long leadership development program for doctoral students in Biomedical Engineering.
Blum has served as an advisor or director for several entrepreneurial endeavors including: Stanford's Roundtable on Engineering Entrepreneurship Education; a non-profit accelerator for women's entrepreneurship, Project Tsunami's Global Brain Trust (partially funded by the Kauffman Foundation); the non-profit board of the Georgia Tech Technology Ventures (GATV), which facilitates the transfer of technology from Georgia Tech and other research universities; and Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute (EDI). She participated as an organizer and director of a de novo community bank, Midtown Bank and Trust. She has served on the boards of Global Growers, Community Foundation for Morgan County and Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. She currently serves on the executive committee of the board for Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camps for those with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. She served many years on the board of MedShare International, a not-for-profit venture that creates value and improves health through the collection of surplus medical supplies and equipment for distribution to health facilities in developing countries.