The Ellavate

Theory + Practice


The Ellavate Approach prioritizes and leverages current research and data in order to diagnose your DEI problems and to garner insight in determining a logical explanation and conclusion on it.


The Ellavate approach then synthesizes your DEI related problems and insights in order to provide tactical solutions towards measurable results designed for supporting you in achieving your dei goals.

Our approach to DEI is uniquely referred to as The Ellavate Approach, which combines the expertise of scholarly research with the practical application that it takes to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes. Strategy consulting with Dr. Washington and the Ellavate Team is not an off-the-shelf experience, but instead it is customized to each client through understanding your unique culture and partnering with you to reach your goals. 

Ellavate Solutions believes in taking an approach that is based in research but practical and tactical for the workplace.


Ellavate Services

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy Consulting

As featured in Harvard Business Review’s article “U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism”. Dr. Washington is an expert on advising global clients on developing meaningful DEI strategies that connect with employees, clients and community spheres of influence. If you are looking to creating immediate impact and sustainable long-term change in your organization Ellavate Solutions can help.

Dr. Washington provides strategy consulting for leaders looking to commit to systematic cultural changes in how they recruit, develop, engage and assess performance. Dr. Washington’s has in-depth experience in this area stems from both her research on racial and gender disparities in corporate leadership positions as well as her global DEI consulting experience with Fortune 100, government and non-profit organizations.


Speaking Engagements

Dr. Washington is a dynamic and engaging speaker and facilitator. As a culture and D&I thought leader, she brings leadership insights along with practical tools to inspire and motivate audiences of all sizes. Dr. Washington has spoken at large and small-scale leadership conferences and retreats. She has spoken for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit and Government agencies. Dr. Washington has facilitated leadership and strategy retreats for boards of directors and c-suite leaders.

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Workshop Facilitation

Dr. Washington has lead over 1,000 hours of adult-learning workshops for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. A core principle of her facilitation approach is that adult learners must play an active role in the learning process so that they are empowered to make lasting changes after the workshop ends. All workshops are highly-interactive with a focus on participants learning and practicing new tools for success.

The work we do together lays the foundation for participants to immediately apply and continue to build on the workshop takeaways. Workshop topics are customizable based on your needs and desired outcomes from the learning environment. During the workshop Dr. Washington prioritizes providing a psychologically safe environment for participants to be heard, validated and guided towards evidence-based solutions. Self-reflection of individual needs, team dynamics and organizational conditions for success are the focus are integrated into every workshop.

Previous workshops have spanned topics of manager development, diversity and inclusion, communication skills, team coaching, leadership strategy. Additionally, Dr. Washington has facilitated leadership and strategy retreats for boards of directors and c-suite leaders.


Leadership Coaching

Ellavate Solutions provides coaching to leaders and executives from a number of diverse organizations. Since, 2011 we have provided coaching services to a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government organizations.

Coaching is a transformational process where a you receive individualized support in to help you maximize performance and grow your leadership skills in the workplace. My role as a coach is to help remove any obstacles that stand in the way of you attaining your goals. Coaching helps increase self-awareness of developmental blindspots.

The coaching process starts with a consultation where Dr. Washington can assess your coaching needs and goals. During this initial call you will discuss your interests in coaching and determine the right path for you. Coaching is a very individualized process that will be perfectly curated to meet your needs. Working with Dr. Washington will upskill and empower you to work strategically towards your goals.

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Executive growth happens when clear goals, strategic development and honest feedback are intentionally aimed at your success. Ella Washington coaches executives called to lead in their organizations, who desire to build upon their greatest, most authentic selves while pushing themselves to grow to their full potential. Leadership coaching is about helping people realize, activate and maximize their individual strengths. Growth means understanding clearly what your strengths are and how to leverage them while also shoring up weaknesses that may be getting in the way of your success. Coaching with Ella is not an off-shelf experience, instead your work with Ella will be a personal and challenging journey.

If you think you are ready to embark on this journey, fill out the request for free consultation form below.