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). My research focuses on improvisation in organisations, diversity management, leadership, and cross-cultural management. I have conducted research, teaching, speaking, and consulting in the US, South Korea, Japan, and now Australia.

My work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Guardian, Journal of Organizational Behavior, SmartCompany, 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 organisations like Bank Australia, Cisco, Asian Development Bank, Perpetual, Queensland Govt, and others.

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

Contact Jesse directly at jesse[at]jeolsen[dot]com.