Meet the Faculty / Staff / Alumni Coaches
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning
"A society grows great when elders plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit." - Greek Proverb
Evan currently works as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning leading the Graduate Teaching Fellows program and is Program Co-Coordinator for the GT Sloan Fellows in the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring. He graduated from the GT School of City & Regional Planning doctoral program in 2019, and continues his research with the Urban Climate Lab, focusing on climate adaptation planning. Evan has been coaching with LEAD since 2018 and co-led the 2019 Summer iGniTe GT1000 Leadership course.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:He first heard about LEAD through a personal recommendation from a coaching colleague. With a deep interest in academic and professional wellbeing, Evan was excited for the opportunity to give back to the GT community and encourage personal growth and development as a LEAD coach. Staying involved even after graduation has been a great way to contribute to the success of our undergraduate and graduate students and maintain a growth mindset in his own work.
Jayanth Mohana Krishna
Alumnus, Human Computer Interaction
"It takes a wise, bold person to look inward to see what the truth is" - Kathopanishad
Jayanth currently works as a Technical Account Manager in Google's smart home space - if you've ever used a light, thermostat, kitchen appliance, lock, security system or pretty much anything else, chances are it passed through his team. His work involves a lot of cross-functional collaboration across product management, user experience, software and hardware engineering, business development, language and internationalization, privacy, legal and other teams across multiple companies, so taking initiative and being an effective leader is a day-to-day activity. Jayanth graduated out of the Masters program in Human-Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech in May 2018, specializing in interactive computing and IoT. He's have been a Coach through both LEAD and the other programs, and it has played a huge role in changing the way he interacts with people as well as handle situations. A passionate advocate of lateral and contemplative thinking, he believes in looking at life as a more structured distribution of possibilities than complete randomness.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Jayanth's journey into leadership started early on when he read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Since then, he's been intrigued by qualities that make one an effective leader, seeking out opportunities to seek and promote leadership in himself as well as others. Especially since signing up for Georgia Tech's LEAD coaching in Fall 2018, he's been able to understand and appreciate the value of developing and carrying forward good leadership, and the rationale of letting his Coachees discover their own style of thinking and leadership while facilitating the process with critical questions and impromptu experiments. It is a process he's grown to enjoy immensely, for the connections it forms, the value it brings, and the lasting effect it creates in others' lives. An added bonus is being able to inspire Coachees to further coach others, in the true spirit of third-person learning.
IT Support Professional Supervisor in the Division of Student Life
"Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” - Steve Jobs
During his undergraduate career at Brewton-Parker College, Dale worked on contract with Ryder Logistics to develop databases to support vehicle production for the General Motors auto plant in Doraville, GA. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science, Dale joined Ryder Logistics Systems team full time as a Systems Administrator for General Motors facilities in Doraville, GA, Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Wilmington, DE, and Pickering, ON. After Ryder, Dale worked as an IT Support technician for Primedia magazines and then spent a year as a Product Specialist for Apple, Inc. Starting in 2006, Dale joined Georgia Tech as a Computer Operator and quickly moved into a Support role with the Technology Support Center. Currently, Dale is serving as the IT Manager for the Division of Student Life at Georgia Tech.
What inspired you to become a Leadership Fellow?:Dale believes that the key to strong leadership is through the study and execution of efficient time management processes and a deep understanding of the importance of rest. Learning time management is a constant process and is a great way to adapt to change, which is a very important leadership skill. Rest is also vital as a great leader needs to be without fatigue. I hope to work with other to further my understanding of these important traits as well as strengthen others in their leadership skills. Dale is very excited to be a part of this program and the opportunities it will provide for both me and those that I am working with.