About Jesse

Jesse stands (or maybe sits; he's mysterious) in front of a
blurred background--one of his favorite things to do.
I earned a PhD in organizational behavior from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; Atlanta, USA). I specialise in improvisation in organisations, diversity management, leadership, and cross-cultural management. For both my teaching and research, I've recently begun looking at the applicability of hobbies and personal activities to work and the workplace, with particular interest in tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).

My work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Guardian, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and others. I have contributed my expertise to such media outlets as SBS World News, ABC Radio, the Australian Financial Review, and Forbes. I've done consulting, speaking, and workshops for Bank Australia, Cisco, Asian Development Bank, Perpetual, Queensland Govt, and others. I have conducted research, teaching, speaking, and consulting in the US, South Korea, Japan, and now Australia.

My professional (pre-academic) experience includes a position as international exchange coordinator at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. I was also employed as a business project manager in the Merger Integration Office and Corporate Strategies Group of SunTrust Bank in Atlanta (now Truist).

I've studied improv at the Laugh Masters Academy (Melbourne) and sketch comedy writing at the Second City (Chicago). I've used this training to conduct interactive workshops (both face-to-face and online) on how to improvise effectively in organizational life.

Finally, I am a big TTRPG nerd, and I've started designing supplements for games like D&D and ShadowDark. I also make dice out of epoxy resin. You can find out more about all of this here, at my gaming-dedicated site.