Meet Dr. Ella Washington

Dr. Ella Washington is an organizational psychologist who finds inspiration through the intersection of business, diversity and leadership, and has made this her niche. As a double certified International Coaching Federation and Gallup certified strengths coach, her passion for coaching, facilitating, teaching and public speaking is unmatched. She has worked one-on-one with mid-level and executive leaders to develop their leadership skills to enhance their organizations.

Dr. Washington has global consulting experience in the human capital space which has allowed her impact clients across a myriad of industries including financial services, sports & entertainment, oil & gas, higher education and government. Previously, Dr. Washington worked at Gallup as a Diversity and Inclusion subject matter expert where she provided insight to clients on issues of inclusion, culture, strategic diversity and engagement. Her research and client work focuses on women in the workplace, barriers to inclusion for diverse groups, and working with organizations to build inclusive cultures. She has conducted inclusiveness audits, developed learning workshops, and strategic planning sessions with executives in order to support their goals of building a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Before joining Gallup, Ella was a talent management consultant at Ernst & Young where she advised global clients on diversity, performance management, change management, learning and development. Earlier in her career, Ella worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a diversity and inclusion consultant. Her work there focused on developing a sustainable pipeline for a diverse workforce in the Greater Chicago area’s financial sector.

Dr. Washington is a current management faculty member at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research was titled “When Leaning In is Not Enough” which analyzed women’s leadership attainment and retention in organizations. Ella was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar at Spelman College where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in Psychology.

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