2019 Annual Conference Speaker – Pearl Alexander

Pearl Alexander, JD, CPCC, ACC, Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ serves as executive director of diversity, inclusion, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She leads the evolution of diversity and inclusion strategy, the Inclusive leaders’ Academy, executive coaching, and oversight of the Institute’s emerging digital story library to nurture global leadership capacity in administrators and staff at Tech. Alexander serves a senior advisor and confidante to the Institute’s chief diversity officer, organizational leadership teams, groups, and individuals.

A visionary and masterful coach, she has created an unprecedented partnerships with leaders at Georgia Tech and across higher education. Alexander serves others through reflective methods that guide them in personal discovery, self-mastery, uncovering talent, and shifting mindsets. She is known for compassionately speaking truth to power and sought-after for her abilities to mindfully excavate difficult stories and lead fierce dialogues.

A social innovator and change agent who has navigated a progressive 31-year career in human capital management, she has catalyzed transformations in culture and organizational leadership practices – often called upon to solve some of the most sensitive and complex people challenges of these times. Her career assignments have spanned from peace-builder to equity expert to spokesperson. Alexander’s leadership has contributed to Georgia Tech‘s first recognition for implementing award-winning diversity and inclusion practices that have continued over time.

A featured speaker, moderator, and onsite coach at leadership institutes, retreats, and conferences, her audiences have included 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, and Profiles in Diversity Journal, Academic Leader, Diversity Woman, and National Public Radio. Alexander selectively participates as a consultant to professional development organizations, diversity and inclusion councils, and search committees.

Alexander is currently a member of Forbes Coaches Council, Columbia Coaching Learning Association, and 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.

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.”