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Adult Learning and Leadership
Department of Organization & Leadership
Michellana Y. Jester, Lecturer and Manager of MIT Sloan School of Management's Action Learning Program, began her career as a strategic management consultant before she began working in higher education. As a consultant for more than a decade, Dr. Jester worked for private corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agency clients to strategically solve organizational challenges. Her consulting engagements specialized in leadership development, organizational change, and team building. In her current role at MIT Sloan, Dr. Jester draws from her private and non-profit sector experience to assist MBA and other graduate students link theoretical management concepts to real world business challenges. As the Manager of Sloan's Action Learning Program, she is responsible for leading the design and delivery of project based courses and recruiting host company partnerships that align with the program's goals. Dr. Jester develops, supports, and assesses program learning objectives, as well as the transfer of learning among multiple stakeholders including faculty, students, and host companies. Dr. Jester received her doctorate degree from Teachers College Columbia University where her research focus was adult learning and leadership. Her dissertation, entitled "When and Where I Enter: A Case Study of Preservice Teachers Preparing to Teach in Culturally Diverse Educational Settings", explored the impact of reflective practice on teaching perspectives. Her study incorporated tools she developed to enhance and examine reflection. Dr. Jester also holds a masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where her study focus was group dynamics, leadership, and economics; and a bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Mills College.