With my consulting practice, Advisory 83, I am committed to helping organizational leadership transform culture at all levels. I become an organization’s strategic planning partner with a unique passion for building more inclusive workplaces and a deep expertise in all related aspects of communicating to diverse audiences. I provide solutions for organizational development and leadership through the process of strategic communication and planning.


Because the work of organizational development often includes the emphasis on diversity and inclusion, I will work primarily to advise clients on the ways in which they can improve the workplace culture, establish strong relationship with consumers through cross-cultural competence, and be more present in the intersected communities they serve. 


I currently serve as Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor for the North Carolina Central University Department of Mass Communication where I teach courses in public relations.

As a professor, I teach students to communicate strategically from a position of influence, navigate the tools and trends of the industry, identify bias and stereotypes in media, discover advocacy with an objective lens, and communicate across global cultures as future journalists and public relations practitioners. 

I was selected for the Plank Center Fellowship for Public Relations Educators in 2014 and spent five weeks at the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson where I wrote and developed change migration and strategic communication plans aimed at addressing emerging developments within the corporation's global structure and diversity/inclusion goals. 

In 2021, Ellis was appointed President of the Board of Trustees for the Public Relations Society of America Foundation (PRSA), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion within the communications profession through scholarships and educational resources. An active member of the PRSA, she has served as senior counsel to the national board and as a member of the strategic planning, nominating, and diversity & inclusion committees on the national level. She is also a board member of the Diversity Action Alliance and the Commission for Public Relations Education, and co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network. 


I am author of  the book, “The Original Millennial: Lessons in Leadership for the Millennial Generation.” It is a thought leadership series for millennials including the book, a video series and a podcast.  The book reveals six defining areas of leadership that millennials must master in business and community. So much has been said about millennials – who we are, how to work with us, how to ‘deal’ with us, how to market to us – but very little has been said about who we are as leaders and how we will reshape the future of business and community.

Contrary to what has said or perceived, the original millennial is not lazy and selfish lacking motivation and creativity. The original millennial is a servant, an innovator, a go-getter – a leader. This special breed of individuals, debunking myths and assumptions, will lead a cultural shift to represent a full 75 percent of the U.S. workforce by the year 2025 thus changing the face of leadership. We are millennials who are more ambitious to see cultural change than to gain personal wealth and advancement. We are millennials with a distinctly original quality that debunks the labels of slacker or narcissist. We are creative, innovative, enterprising, influential, bold, unapologetic, and ready to solve the world’s problems.


  • PR News 15-to-Watch

  • The Huffington Post Young HBCU Alum to Watch

  • Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30

  • Nashville Emerging Leaders

  • Nashville Business Journal 40 Under 40

  • Nashville Women of Influencer Award "Trailblazer"


  • Co-Founder/Member: Nashville Women of Color in Communications 

  • Public Relations Society of America, National Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Board/Director-At-Large: Public Relations Society of America, Nashville Chapter

  • Board Member: Delta Dental Smile 180 Foundation

  • Board Member: Charis Acres Foundation – Grace Place Retirement Community

  • Member: Tennessee State University Mass Communications Advisory Board

  • Member: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter

  • Member: ColorComm