Program Team

Meet the IGEL Program Team

Our dedicated team brings the highest-quality programs to our class participants each year. IGEL, Inc. partners with the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business to develop and operate our carefully designed curriculum and leadership program.


Molly Nuttall
Program Manager

Associate Director
Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
Georgia State University
Tower Place 200
3348 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(678) 656-7328
(404) 413-7421

[email protected]

Molly Nuttall has served as IGEL’s Program Manager since 2011. She’s also the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University in Atlanta. After many years working in program, project and product management in several different industries, Molly joined GSU’s team to use her deep experience to develop and manage leadership programs like IGEL. She works on projects both in metro Atlanta and throughout the state. As Program Manager, Molly handles all the logistics and communications for the IGEL sessions, as well as managing the participant application process.

Beth Blalock

Lead Facilitator

Georgia State University
Tower Place 200
3348 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 409-7326

Beth Allgood Blalock is an attorney with a wide range of experience working on environmental and land use issues. Her primary practice areas include the acquisition and the redevelopment of properties with environmental impacts and environmental regulatory, compliance and permitting issues. She has served as the Assistant Branch Chief for the Land Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and in that capacity was responsible for the regulation of hazardous waste sites, Underground Storage Tanks, and brownfields. She has also held roles as General Counsel for the Georgia Conservancy and as an environmental attorney with King and Spalding and the Southern Environmental Law Center. She graduated with a degree in ecology and political science from the University of Georgia and also received her law degree from the University of Georgia.

Ms. Blalock serves as a lecturer on Brownfields and regulatory issues in Georgia and is currently an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law. She is the co-facilitator for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

She is an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, where she served as the Junior Warden from 2016-2018. She is a 2016 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. She and her husband reside in Atlanta with their two children.

Val Porter Cook


Georgia State University
Tower Place 200
3348 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(678) 777-3046

In 2017, Val Porter Cook created Blaze, a leadership development and change management operation focused on equipping people with the tools, coaching, and counsel to bring big ideas to life. The firm has worked with organizations like the Center for Civic Innovation, Literacy Action and Ferst Readers, the Schusterman Foundation, the Atlanta Regional Coalition (ARC), as well as social entrepreneurs funded by the Roddenberry Foundation ( Los Angeles, California) and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.  Her career began at  the Woodruff Arts Center in 1994 with a twelve-year run in arts administration, culminating in an appointment to Deputy Director of Fulton County Arts Council. Her next career stretch was with Foundation Center (now Candid), beginning as the regional director for the Southeast and later (simultaneously) led the New York-based Education Department, and ultimately landing the role of Head of Domestic Strategy and Innovation.

Val holds a B.S. in management/economics from Georgia Tech, as well as an M.S. in marketing from Georgia State. She later studied governance at Harvard and was certified in conflict resolution at Cornell. Val received a fellowship at Coca Cola’s Diversity Leadership Academy, a 2014 Leadership Character Award from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and recognition by Business of Giving as one of the top 25 Philanthropy Speakers in 2017.

Residing in Smyrna, Val shares her life with her husband, two daughters and five stepchildren.


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