Alex Berry: Member of The Month

December 12, 2017

 

 

 

Name: Alex Berry

 

Occupation: Industrial Engineer

 

Place of Work: Intel

 

What is your favorite thing about your job/work?  Intel does a really good job supporting personal needs outside of work and helping to meld my STEM-related goals with projects and programs internally, as well as externally.

 

Where did you grow up?  Albany, Georgia

 

What college did you attend?  Georgia Tech

 

What is your favorite word?  Phantasmagorical 

 

Favorite TV show, film, or podcast?  Growing up it was Arthur, but right now it is the Dear White People series on Netflix.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  When I graduated, my legacy included a herd of mentees that are now all in leadership positions, even Rhodes Scholars. To have left behind different programs that moved the needle on diversity and helped make Georgia Tech a better place is my greatest achievement to date.

 

What keeps you awake at night?  Politics and trying to understand how we can use the current systems we have to make the world a better place.

 

When are you happiest?  When I am learning.

 

Your pet peeve/ the thing you spend the most time ranting about?  In this extrovert dominant world where the person with the loudest voice is the one whose idea gets heard, it very much frustrates me, especially being on the introvert side of the spectrum. It frustrates me that extroverts are pushed towards leadership and introverts are pushed towards followership and how the loudest idea is thought of as the best idea.

 

Why did you join the YP’s?  When coming to a new area after graduation, you have a wonderful thing you never had before and that is disposable time. You can use that disposable time constructively or deconstructively. After looking at some of the goals and the aims of the group, I thought it would be a good way to use my time constructively and get a better understanding of the people and communities of color in this area.

 

Why do you feel the YPs are important?  Because one thing it has figured out is that voices are so much stronger when they are together versus when they are apart. When you are looking to make a change in a region, you have to have people in that community coming together and bringing skills and resources from their diverse backgrounds.

 

Fun Facts:

  • Works with homeless youth in spare time

  • Coaches Lego robotics teams on the weekends

  • Has lived in all 4 corners of the US and traveled abroad to multiple countries

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