Ellie has a keen understanding of the ever-evolving nature of the workplace. As Director of Workplace Experience and Change at STEELE, she helps companies leverage their workplace by using the physical environment as a tool to affect human behavior and enhance the employee experience. With expertise in developing partnerships with clients and project teams, Ellie leads and implements workplace and change management strategies that focus on alternative working, transitions, operations, design, planning, policies and procedures, and employee communications and engagement. Each day she strives to make a difference by building workplace communities and shaping positive, generative atmospheres that support employees to be the best of who they already are and reach their highest potential as professionals.
Ellie has many years of experience in program and project management and has been regarded as proactive and solutions-oriented to the core with a “get the job done” attitude. She brings a high level of strategic insight and resourcefulness to her work. Ellie’s strong appreciation for employee engagement and relationship building helped her realize her professional passion – change management. As a change management professional, Ellie advises clients experiencing real estate and facilities changes on how to effectively engage their employees and prepare them to navigate new work environments. She has managed change programs for multiple, award-winning workplace projects and has personally led the transition of thousands of employees to large-scale agile work environments. Her inclusive, collaborative approach has been a key factor in the successful outcome of every project. Ellie really enjoys exploring the complex relationship between human behavior and space design to develop integrated strategies that ensure a positive employee experience, drive organizational change and achieve economic objectives.
Prior to consulting, Ellie oversaw emergency services and community outreach programs as an Assistant Director for a non-profit, community service and advocacy organization. She directed operations and managed the allocation of resources that directly assisted financially vulnerable families and individuals with basic needs, life skills education and case management resulting in behavioral change and improved quality of life.
Ellie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Marymount University and is currently completing a Masters in Organization Development and Change with Penn State University. She is a Certified Change Management Professional, Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner, LEED Green Associate and an active member of multiple professional associations including the Association of Change Management Professionals, American Society of Interior Designers, International Facility Management Association and Project Management Institute.
How I make a difference:
People have a radar for authenticity and everyone wants to feel valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute. As a change management professional, I make a difference by building community in workplaces, and creating inclusive, judgment-free atmospheres for employees to express their thoughts and ideas around change. In doing so I offer a forum for honesty, connection and collaboration and involve employees at every turn, encouraging their voices so they can make a positive impact and difference in their workplaces.
On my best day, what I love about my job is:
Each day I feel fortunate to work in a rewarding and creative field that excites me. My boss is incredibly supportive of my professional growth and offers opportunities for me to reach beyond my comfort zone. Our team has a truly collaborative approach with genuine encouragement of ideas and feedback.
The quote that inspires me most related to the specific work that I do is:
I can’t pick just one, but these inspire me most …
“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” ~ Jim Rohn
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker