Lois JohnsonIndustrial Engineer
Lois Johnson is a senior Industrial Engineer with serious passion for servant leadership. She has been an active part of Alpha Kappa Psi, the premier co-ed professional business fraternity at GT, since her first semester. She now serves as the President of AKPsi and has worked alongside a team of 6 to create a Diversity & Inclusion Committee within the organization, working to create a more inclusive environment for members, potential members, and other members of the Georgia Tech community. She also founded Sunday Dinner Project (SDP), an organization that aims to bring folks that present opposing or different viewpoints together over a meal. SDP celebrates differences and embraces the lost art of listening. In Fall 2016, she had the unique opportunity to intern at the White House under President Obama, where she was exposed to an unparalleled group of change-makers that made a profound impact on the way she thinks and acts. Lois is excited and honored to be featured amongst these inspirational student leaders!
When it comes to diversity and inclusion, what would you like others to know about you?
It's important to recognize what you don't know about the diversity and inclusion space. You have to embrace the resources available online or at campus to learn more. It's okay to feel like a beginner and ask tons of questions. Self-awareness is key to becoming someone who champions diversity and inclusion initiatives.
I followed those steps and I continue to seek advice and information when I need it. Learning what I don't know has been invaluable in shaping the way I enact change and promote diversity and inclusion.
What is your favorite quote related to leadership and/or inclusion?
"I am totally down with disagreement. I don't like Haterade, but disagreement is wonderful. When someone disagrees, we try to reach common ground. That's good." Roxane Gay