“My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers, we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know.”
—Bell Hooks, American author, feminist, and social activist
We are a leadership team committed to crafting a bold new future and have reimagined what it means to lead at Georgia Tech.
Pearl Alexander, JD, PCC, ACC, serves as executive director of diversity, inclusion, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a visionary leader who has navigated a progressive 29-year career catalyzing transformations in culture and organizational leadership practices. Currently, Alexander leads learning curricular innovations, professional development, and engagement experiences designed to build and nurture global leadership capacity and model inclusive excellence. She is a certified professional coach and facilitator integrating her expertise in diversity and inclusion principles within her coaching, practices, and coaching consultancy services.
Alexander’s career assignments have spanned from peace builder to strategist and spokesperson. Her presence, influence, and leadership have contributed to Georgia Tech‘s recognition as a thought leader for implementing award-winning practices of diversity and inclusion guided strategic initiatives in higher education. As an executive coach with expertise in reflective and transformative methods, Alexander has coached leaders through personal discovery, self-mastery, uncovering talent, and shifting mindsets during times of change and transitions.
A featured and frequently sought 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-HR Association, Linkage, and The Conference Board on topics related to Leadership and Organizational Development.
Alexander selectively participates in international and national think tanks on the future of work and leadership practices. She chairs and serves on professional development committees, designs and facilitates Executive Leadership and Life Coaching Intensives and Retreats® for organizations, leadership teams, groups and individuals. Her signature coaching topics include “Daring Acts: Creating A Culture of Enough™” (based on the research of Brené Brown) and “Noticing Self: Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for Professionals and Leaders™.”
Alexander delights in excavating stories, curating and coaching transformative narratives, mentoring fellow introverted leaders of all ages, and practicing improvisation. She shares her gifts to inspire others to access their personal power and step into “wholeness.”
Cheryl D. Cofield is the director of inclusion and engagement at The Georgia Institute of Technology where she serves as curator of transformative narratives and storytelling integration, chair of the Employee Resource Group Leadership Council, and dean of faculty for the Inclusive Leaders’ Academy. She is an executive/life coach, story coach, digital story composer, and live story concert producer. She is also a dialogue facilitator best known for creating and holding safe spaces for sensitive and courageous conversations.
With over 30 years of experience, Cheryl has managed complex human resources and employment compliance portfolios for Fortune 50 corporations, and served as employment counsel for a myriad of local and national governmental entities. Her work has been recognized in publications such as Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Academic Leader, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The Introvert Energizer, and The Higher Education Workplace Magazine. She has served on advisory boards for the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the College & University Professional Association, the Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group, The National Storytelling Network, Healing Story Alliance, and Moth’s Director’s Circle.
In her spare time, Cheryl is a corporate leadership trainer, executive coach, and Certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator who assists C-suite executives with increasing authenticity, building trust, mitigating unconscious bias, and evoking powerful transformation. She has served such clients as Harvard University, The Federal Reserve Bank, The US Naval Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, March of Dimes, and Barclays. She enjoys storytelling, story listening, performing magic, fencing, and producing storytelling concerts.