To provide diversity, equity, and inclusion solutions that elevate leaders to be unbiased and ignite company cultures to be a place for all.
A workplace utopia where systems of conformity, bias and exclusion have been dismantled and replaced with solutions for elevating originality.
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.
THE ELLAVATE SOLUTIONS TEAM
CAROLYN ADKERSON - VICE PRESIDENT
Carolyn Adkerson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Spelman College in 2009. After spending a year teaching English in Spain, Carolyn returned to school to complete a Master in Business Administration at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Marketing and a specialization in Brand Management in 2014. Carolyn is a Nashville native who is passionate about unifying, empowering, and investing in the Black community. Carolyn seeks to eradicate the systemic and economic constraints that plague the Black community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and finding ways to be a change agent within the community. Spelman College gave Carolyn “The Choice to Change the World", Owen Graduate School of Management made Carolyn into a 'World Shaper’, and now Ellavate Solutions is allowing Carolyn to humbly live her purpose.
#WorkplaceUtopia™ is an environment that embraces innovation, cultivates my strengths, encourages a work-life balance, and empowers me to grow professionally and individually.
RACHEL LEVENBERRY - CHIEF OF STAFF
Rachel joined the Ellavate Solutions team in November 2020 as Chief of Staff. She met Dr. Washington while working at Gallup and was excited at the opportunity to join the Ellavate team. For five years she ran the events team at Gallup and supported the Editor in Chief of Gallup News. While at Gallup, she received the Rookie of the Year and several All-Star awards for her dedication to delivering products and events tailored to the client’s specific goals. Rachel attended Roanoke College, graduating with a degree in History with a focus on the African Diaspora. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and now lives in Washington, D.C. She makes many trips back across the bridge to visit her family in Virginia. With a passion for learning, she is excited to help companies fulfill their DEI goals and help them along their journey.
#WorkplaceUtopia™ is having the opportunity to explore new topics and continue learning every day.
HILDANA HAILEYESUS - DEI CONSULTANT
Hildana Haileyesus is a DEI Consultant at Ellavate Solutions. She joins Ellavate with a background in workshops and training from her time at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture and most recently from her role in Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University. She has a strong passion for DEI and is grounded in the sociological lens through which she sees the world and the impact of DEI work. Hildana received her B.A. in Sociology and German from Duke University and is excited to be returning to the Ellavate team to continue working to offer clients custom strategy support on their DEI journeys.
#WorkplaceUtopia™ is when the systems and culture of a workplace align to value the contributions of all employees and equally illicit an authentic commitment from team members to the goals and vision of the organization.
SILAS HUMPHRIES - MBA CONSULTING INTERN
Silas Humphries is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant and summer intern at Ellavate Solutions. He joins Ellavate upon earning a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he focused on human capital strategy, social impact, and sustainable business practices. He also served as the co-president of Georgetown’s Black MBA Association. Silas is passionate about DEI in the workplace and society and has been able to research strategies and practice implementation at Georgetown and as a cohort member of Johnson & Johnson’s HR Leadership Development Program. Prior to earning his MBA, Silas worked as a management consultant at KPMG, helping corporate and public sector clients. Silas earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University, majoring in Finance and International Business. Silas is a fitness enthusiast, who enjoys holistic wellness, traveling, and creating memorable moments with family and friends.
#WorkplaceUtopia™ is a place where growth and development are encouraged and celebrated. Followed by the ability to bring my whole self to work without judgment or evaluation.
EVAN WALSH - MBA CONSULTING INTERN
Evan Walsh is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant and summer intern at Ellavate Solutions. He graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Defense Studies in 2012 and has been an Infantry Officer until early 2021, when he transitioned to the Army Strategist functional area. He has a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Columbus State University and has just completed his first year at Vanderbilt’s MBA program concentrating in Strategy and Human and Organizational Performance. Over the past nine years, Evan has deployed all over the world to include Afghanistan, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Korea. Evan enjoys spending time with his wife Catherine, and their Aussie-doodle named Arthur.
#WorkplaceUtopia™ is completing meaningful tasks that help others, all while being excited to come to work and share in the lives of my teammates.