Pearl Alexander, Director
Pearl Alexander serves as executive director of diversity, inclusion, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A visionary and masterful coach, she has created an unprecedented presence as a thought partner with people at Georgia Tech and across higher education. Alexander serves leaders in reflective methods that guide them through personal discovery, self-mastery, uncovering talent, and shifting mindsets during times of change and transition.
Through her strengths as a change agent, she has catalyzed transformations in culture and organizational leadership practices – often called upon to solve some of the most sensitive and complex challenges of these times. Alexander is known for compassionately speaking truth to power. Sought after by the C-suite for her abilities to excavate difficult stories, lead fierce dialogues, and coach self-acceptance and valued behaviors, she leads the evolution of diversity and inclusion strategy, learning curricular innovations, and engagement experiences to nurture global leadership capacity in administrators at Tech. Alexander serves as a senior advisor and confidante to the Institute’s chief diversity officer, organizational leadership teams, groups, and individuals.
Her career assignments have spanned from peace-builder to equity expert to spokesperson. Coaching members of the president’s cabinet, Alexander’s leadership has contributed to Georgia Tech‘s first recognition as a thought leader and for implementing award-winning diversity and inclusion practices that have continued throughout her career.
A featured speaker, moderator, and onsite coach at leadership institutes, retreats, and conferences, her audiences have spanned higher education, government, corporate, and international professionals. Alexander’s notable commentary has been shared in various media including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Academic Leader, Womenetics, The Jabian Journal, Diversity Woman, and National Public Radio. Her speaking engagements include the Inaugural Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion – Washington, D.C., local chapters of the International Coaches Federation and Association of Talent Development, and nationally for the College and University Professionals Association for Human Resources, Linkage, and The Conference Board on topics related to organizational leadership and culture.
Alexander selectively participates in international and national think tanks on the future of work, shaping leadership cultures and strategic talent practices. She chairs or serves as a consultant to professional development organizations and diversity and inclusion councils. Alexander is currently a member of Forbes Coaches Council, Columbia Coaching Learning Association, National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and the Moth Director’s Circle.
She delights in story listening, mentoring fellow introverted leaders of all ages, and practicing improvisational acting skills. Alexander is a social innovator who has navigated a progressive 30-year career. She integrates her expertise in diversity and inclusion principles within her coaching practice and consultancy services in hopes to inspire others to access their personal power and step into “wholeness.”
Julie Ancis, Former Co-Director
Julie Ancis served as the inaugural associate vice president for Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Georgia Tech where she provided operational leadership and consultation for strategic planning and assessment to achieve Georgia Tech’s inclusive excellence vision and goals. In collaboration with Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program, she developed and conducted faculty workshops on implicit bias and its impact on perceptions of competence.
She served as co-director of the Leading Women@Tech Program from its inception in 2016 until October 2019.