Ellis has been a guest speaker at The Wharton Club, the New Jersey MIS Network, The Financial Women’s Association, The New York Times Diversity Career Fair, and scores of other professional associations and media panels. He was an instructor and guest lecturer at New York University’s Center for Career, Education, and Life Planning for 19 years, and was a retained consultant with Columbia Business School for more than 15 years. At Columbia, he worked with the Executive MBA program, as well as with Alumni Relations.

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“Thank you (again) for a wonderful, engaging, informative workshop today! I’ve already received very positive student feedback, as usual; they really appreciated your willingness to share from your own experience, and, of course, your depth of knowledge."
– Director of Career Services, Fordham Business School

“I was thrilled to see a full room in attendance, and have had several students speak with me afterward to tell me how valuable they found your presentation. One said it was the best presentation we’ve ever offered; your real world approach clearly resonates with the full-time students.”
– Director, MBA Advising, Columbia Business School

“Ellis, thanks again for another spectacular presentation. You are the BEST. You are the most exuberant, 1-1 communicative person of all the speakers we have had in any of the chapters. Of all speakers, the one whose style invites the most interaction and participation. It’s a big group, but you make it so intimate, like you’re around a table with 5 people. That’s why you’re our favorite.”
— New York City Chapter President of national organization

“Ellis gave an excellent perspective on networking, that had been a somewhat ambiguous concept. The techniques for utilizing networking have already worked for me in gaining access to the all important decision-maker.”
— Student in New York University class

“Thank you so much for your presentation. You provided a lot of food for thought – and you were VERY funny.”
— Participant in financial services professional association seminar

“Thanks again, Ellis, for delivering all the important messages and for doing so in a way that was interactive and fun (not to mention extremely credible). I think you really connected (no surprise there!)."
— Assistant Dean, EMBA Career Management, Columbia Business School

“You were FANTASTIC and the students were thrilled about how much were able to pack into two hours (and make it funny and interesting, too!!). It was great to work with you.”
— Career Counselor, Office of Career Services, Fordham University Graduate School of Business

“You are so hip and with it and involved in what’s going on in hiring, and open to hearing about the latest developments; you’re such a motivator and so energized and energizing.”
— Director, MBA Career Services, University of Georgia, Terry School of Business

“I remember the first time we met, and when I stated what I wanted to do, you somewhat serenely replied that this would be a hell of a career transition - but that it could be done. Indeed, in that single moment, you gave me the hope to think it could be done, and from then on, you were nothing apart from a beacon of hope, all the way to the end. Yesterday marked precisely four months in my new position.”
— Columbia Executive MBA student

“You really wowed the crowd, and I am already receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from our membership about your presentation. Everyone thought you were very informative and delivered the information in a fun and engaging way.”
— President of student organization at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health