Leading Women@Tech Program Leadership Bios

Pearl Alexander, Co-Director

Pearl Alexander, JD, CPCC, ACC is an experienced dialogue facilitator, executive life coach and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Pearl serves as Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement and Professor of the Practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she oversees Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy development and integration, leadership development and DEI consulting. A change agent, she has catalyzed transformations in culture and organizational leadership for over 35 years. Her clients achieve greater fulfillment, personal, and team effectiveness. Tapped to solve the most complex “people” challenges of these times, Pearl’s versatile career assignments have spanned from equity consultant and peacebuilder to spokesperson, storyteller, and strategist.

A featured speaker for team retreats and conferences, Alexanders’ audiences have included leading public and private universities, medical schools, law firms, fortune 500 companies, diversity equity and inclusion councils, business resource groups, search committees, and professional organizations. Her notable “thought leadership” has been featured in several media. Alexander is a member of Forbes Coaches Council, the Moth Director’s Circle, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Principal of Leaders-Life LLC, a boutique firm focused on supporting leader transformations, Pearl integrates equity, inclusion and belonging principles within her services inspiring others to courageously access their personal power and step into “wholeness.”

Sharon Riehl, Co-Director

Before joining Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Director of Culture, Inclusion, and Engagement, Sharon previously served as a Human Resources Business Partner for the GT Library and the Office of Information Technology. Her expertise includes diversity, equity, and inclusion; coaching and talent management; cultural transformation and organizational development; change management and employee engagement and well-being. Sharon has found her passion serving the broad Georgia Tech community by facilitating connections, relationships, and solutions for the diverse people, teams, and organizations that she is a part of. Above all, the heartbeat of Sharon’s work is bringing people together and helping them understand and leverage their strengths for individual, team and organizational growth and transformation. She earned an MBA in Human Resources Management & Development from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the University of Louisville.

Amanda Jomaa, Project Support Specialist

Amanda Jomaa currently serves as a Senior Project Support Specialist for Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Georgia Tech. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Hospitality Administration. Amanda has been involved with the Leading Women@Tech program since its inception in 2016, and is looking forward to working with another amazing cohort of women during the 2022-23 program.