Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists, Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma
The Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists has selected 1982 OU petroleum engineering graduate Jo Ann Meyer of Bellaire, Texas, as its outstanding mentor.
Meyer, founder and principal for Previse Consulting, has served three years as a mentor for the Leadership Program, which helps students learn and practice the skills they will need to be effective and ethical leaders throughout their careers.
“JoAnn Meyer is the embodiment of kind, genuine, present, and supportive leadership, and her positive spirit has touched the lives of many,” said nominator Tiffany Legg, a graduate assistant in the program. “She serves as a role model and friend to those she mentors, all while giving invaluable advice and the gift of friendship.”
Meyer not only offers mentees industry insight and career advice, but also takes time to personally help mentees with leadership development and refining resumes – all while maintaining connection via LinkedIn, e-mail and phone calls. Meyer, who mentors for several organizations, also participated in a mentor panel in October during the Holmes Leadership Associate meeting.
Leadership Program staff praised Meyer for her generosity and maintaining consistent contact with her mentees, despite a busy professional schedule. Students praised her positive spirit, kindness, and supportiveness.
“One of the aspects I loved most about our relationship is that JoAnn always knew how to ask the right probing questions when I shared my challenges with her,” said mentee Cioré Taylor. “At the end of our discussions, without fail, JoAnn would ask me, ‘So Cioré, why do you want to be a good leader?’”
Cioré recalls how Meyer came to dinner to visit her and meet her National Society of Black Engineers chapter while they were in Houston attending a conference. During Cioré's conference event, Meyer’s positive spirit was so contagious that she gained another mentee she’d never met before.
“This is an example of how JoAnn embodies serving other through leadership, even to strangers,” Taylor said. “
About the Program: OU’s Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists provides undergraduate and graduate students with professional and leadership development through mentoring, workshops, curriculum, networking with practicing engineers, professional issues, life skills, guest lectures, corporate visits, and service opportunities.