Terry Blum is 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, economical, 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.
Blum also holds the Tedd Munchak Chair and is a professor in Georgia Tech's business school, the College of Management, where she served as dean for seven years (1999–2006). The College of Management at Georgia Tech prepares business leaders for changing technological environments through disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational programs for undergraduates, MBA students, PhD students and executive audiences.
Blum earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1982 and has researched and published extensively on topics related to innovation and technology transfer in health services related to behavioral health care. She has served on many NIH study sections, and is a co-investigator for research grants related to the study of organizational and entrepreneurial factors that mediate the transfer, adoption and diffusion of innovation to for-profit and not-for-profit health treatment organizations. She co-received a Whitaker Foundation special opportunities grant (1998–2001) to develop and implement 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.
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 currently serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Morgan County and 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 developing countries.
Areas of Specialization
Organizational Theory and Design
Macro Human Resource Management
PhD, Columbia University