Ansley Booker, Ph.D. is a native of Eatonton, Georgia, known for its many dairy farms, Olympic gold medalists, and acclaimed authors/storytellers. Growing up in a small town full of dichotomies, Ansley was also a dichotomy. Her father shared with her the love of the outdoors and nature; her mother shared with her the love of pageantry and royalty. Between animals and easy-bake ovens, mud, and crowns, Ansley grew into a woman with a true passion for STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines and curriculums) earning a degree in biology from Georgia Southern University, an M.S. in pharmacy from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. She has translated her education and experience into a passion for developing STEM curriculums for high school and college students, as well as serving as a mentor and volunteer to ensure that young girls know that they can pave a path to success through STEM. She currently is the Inaugural Director of Mercer University’s Office of Diversion and Inclusion Initiatives. . Lastly, Ansley is a graduate of Leadership Macon 2019 and the Urban Leadership Academy Cohort 3.
“Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” -African Proverb
Short Story: “My first public storytelling experience was in November 2020 at the Grand Opera House. As a child, I had many private storytelling events, an imaginary cooking show, and a science lab. I used all of these experiences to tell my story of becoming a Queen growing up in rural Georgia. In the last slide of my performance, I was able to highlight the historic win of VP Kamala Harris and was so nervous that I forgot to say her name. The crowd cheered away. ”