Leading Women@Tech Co-Directors

Julie Ancis, Co-Director

Julie Ancis serves as the associate vice president for Institute Diversity at Georgia Tech. She provides operational leadership for strategic planning and assessment to achieve Georgia Tech’s inclusive excellence vision and diversity and equity goals. Julie is also an adjunct professor in the School of Psychology. As Co-PI of a $3.8 million Department of Education First in the World Grant with AMAC, she oversees research on the impact of accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities in Minority Serving Institutions. In collaboration with Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program, she has developed faculty workshops on implicit bias and its impact on perceptions of competence.

Julie is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is also past-chair of the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Section for the Advancement of Women. Prior to joining Institute Diversity, Julie was a counseling psychology professor at Georgia State University.

For close to 30 years, her extensive scholarly publications and professional service have focused on diversity. Scholarly books include The Complete Women’s Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (Wiley), Culturally Responsive Interventions: Innovative Approaches to Working with Diverse Populations (Routledge), and Promoting Student Learning and Development at a Distance: Student Affairs Concepts and Practices for Televised Instruction and Other Forms of Distance Learning. Her co-edited book entitled Gender, Psychology and Justice: The Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System (NYU) is currently in press.

Julie completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University and the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She is thrilled to co-lead this inaugural leadership program at Tech.


Pearl Alexander, Co-Director

Pearl Alexander, executive director of Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement and certified professional coach, has navigated a progressive and successful 29-year career at Georgia Tech focused on effective people and organizational management practices. In her current role, Pearl provides strategic oversight, visionary leadership, and direction for the design, implementation, and assessment of initiatives that will drive campus cultural transformation toward an inclusive, equitable, and engaged community. These initiatives focus on proactive leadership and professional development practices campuswide that ensure alignment with an inclusive excellence model for organizational culture and equitable career outcomes across the spectrum of the Institute’s staff workforce.

Under Pearl’s leadership, Georgia Tech has passed six major compliance reviews by government agencies charged with reviewing and insuring workplace equity; received its first national diversity award from the U.S. Department of Labor, EVE Award; and has been recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program. She has co-led the Mentor Tech program, and conceptualized and co-created the Master’s Series Leadership Development Program and the Women Leading @ Tech Network.

As a thought leader, Pearl has recently spoken for The Association of Talent Development – Atlanta Chapter, The Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group (ADMAG), The National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, The Conference Board NYC, CUPA-HR, and Linkage Diversity Conference. Pearl is known as a confidante, mentor, strategic thinker and strong communicator with relationship savvy. She has honed expert knowledge of Diversity and Inclusion principles and practices. She has advanced knowledge of culture, talent, leadership and organizational change management practices, and holds a number certifications related to these practices. Pearl enjoys coaching and mentoring organizational leaders at Georgia Tech and in higher education. 

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