“Ellen is a visionary who is able to lead people in new directions and new heights to achieve amazing and important changes in society. As the principal architect and founder of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, she began to reshape the cultural giving patterns at the University of Mississippi, bringing parity to women at the philanthropy table.”

Dr. Gloria Kellum (retired)
Vice Chancellor for University Relations, The University of Mississippi


Representative Clients

Association of Junior Leagues International Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare
Baptist  Memorial Hospital for Women National Council of La Raza
BRIDGES, USA National Council of Negro Women
Center for the Study of Southern Culture National Episcopal Church Women
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (national) Proctor & Gamble
Elvis Presley Enterprises PROTECT, Inc.
Hutchison School Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief University of Mississippi
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Honors and Milestones

Consultant – America’s Best, a community cookbook continuity series (Oxmoor House)

Consultant – The McIlhenny Company on forming The Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards Program

Nominee – The Association of Junior Leagues International’s Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award nominated by the Junior League of Memphis, Inc. (2007 and 2013)

Honored – By the Ole Miss Women’s Council as its founder – the dedication of an outdoor space called The Rose Garden in her name at the entrance of the University of Mississippi

Founding Member and Past President – Society of Entrepreneurs in Memphis, TN, aninvitation only organization of CEO’s who have nationally or internationally reshaped a business or industry

Named – One of 1998’s “50 Women Who Make a Difference” by Women’s News of the Mid South

Member, Board of Trustees – The Hutchison School (1997-2000)

Member – The New Memphis Institute, Class of 1998

Member – Memphis Race Relations & Diversity Institute Forum Committee (1994-1996)

Member – President’s Council – Rhodes College (1993-1996)

Member – Leadership Memphis, Class of 1986

President – Junior League of Memphis (1984-1985)

Inducted – Tennessee Women’s Forum (2013)

Board of Directors – Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, Washington, DC (2017)

photo by Steve Roberts for RSVP Magazine, February 2018