Ellen Wingard consults with leaders, executive teams and boards spanning global Fortune 500 companies, higher education, and academic medicine committed to achieving business results while building cultures of dignity and belonging where all can flourish.
As an early innovator in leadership development, Ellen began her career linking mindfulness with executive coaching practices to increase executive health and reduce the toxic effects of bias related workplace stress. For the past 20 years, she has advised multi generational leaders on how to address bias and dismantle systemic barriers of inequity in attracting and retaining top talent. Particular emphasis is working in partnership with senior leadership and DEI experts to deliver commitments through increasing representation while concurrently promoting cultural readiness where inclusive practices are embedded through strategies, processes and structures.
A partial list of clients includes: ATT, Citi, Citizens Bank, Consensus Building Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Fidelity Investments, Genentech, Gold Foundation, Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, KPMG, Merck, MIT, Morgan Stanley, Museum of Science, New York Times, Northwestern Healthcare System, Novartis, Partners Healthcare, Pfizer Inc., PWC, Quest Diagnostics, Sanofi-Aventis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UN World Food Programme, Vertex, Visa and West Elm.
Working in collaboration with neuroscientists, storytellers, negotiation experts and conflict resolution practitioners, Wingard builds nontraditional curriculums where teams report a new narrative of shared purpose and mutual trust. Through rigorous team learning, one on one inventories and application of strategic business imperatives, talent flourishes with high engagement and positive business impact.
Wingard is a member of the Executive Coaching pool at the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and an affiliate of Movius Consulting (www.moviusconsulting.com) a leading negotiation firm. She serves on multiple boards, including Board Chair Emeritus of World Pulse (www.worldpulse.com) a digital media channel linking 60,000 grassroots global leaders in 190 countries, Auburn Seminary (www.auburnseminary.org) a leadership development center dedicated to preparing the next generation of social justice leaders and DeÌ Shema (www.deshema.org) an organization promoting Tibetan women’s education and empowerment.
A graduate of Boston University (BA) and Antioch University (MEd), Wingard has extensive post-graduate training in systems thinking, behavioral medicine, anti-racism training, cultural competence, team development, and mediation certification from the Harvard Negotiation Project. She is the coauthor of Strengthening Leadership Skills Through Coaching in Culture Shift, AHA, 1997, and co-editor of the Jossey-Bass book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, released in April 2005. She is highlighted in the Audible In Business podcast series with Anthony Veneziale “The Power of Improv Thinking” released November 2020.