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Dr. Aerial Ellis

Managing Principal of Advisory 83 
Assistant Professor of PR and PRSSA Chapter adviser at Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee

Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Aerial Ellis, Ed.D., is a gifted strategist and storyteller who nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career by launching her first public relations company at the age of 22.

Recognized globally for her work by PRNEWS and HuffPost, Dr. Ellis has become a sought-after consultant and speaker for her ability to transform culture, improve diversity, enhance communication, navigate change, build community and drive innovation.

Dr. Ellis is managing principal of Advisory 83, a communication consultancy committed to helping build sustainable and authentic organizations through strategic planning and curriculum development. Her clients include Asurion, Jackson National Life Insurance, AIG, Microsoft, National Urban League, US Army Corps of Engineers, among others addressing cultural competency, global communication, intergenerational culture and diversity/equity/inclusion.

Dr. Ellis is also CEO of My Village Votes, a market research firm that partners with advocacy, civic and nonprofit organizations to improve consumer and civic engagement catered to the insights of communities of color.

An active member of PRSA, Dr. Ellis was appointed as a PRSA Board of Directors representative to the PRSA Foundation Board of Directors in 2020, and as a co-chair for the Champions for PRSSA. She has previously served as a Board member for PRSA’s Chapter in Nashville, Tennessee, and as a member of the Strategic Planning, Nominating, and Diversity & Inclusion Committees. Dr. Ellis was a fellow of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations in 2014 and is co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network, a member of The Rotary Club of Nashville and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a board member of Delta Dental of Tennessee - the first African American woman and youngest person to be appointed to their corporate board.

Dr. Ellis is author of "The Original Millennial," a book highlighting six defining lessons of leadership for millennials and accompanied by a professional development curriculum for the intergenerational workplace. She is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and PRSSA Chapter adviser at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where she teaches courses in public relations, organizational communication/leadership, and cross-cultural communication. She has guest lectured in Nepal, London and South Africa as an expert in intercultural communication and competence.

A native of Memphis, Dr. Ellis has a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University - both in communication/journalism, holds a certification in workforce diversity and inclusion from UCLA and the National Organization for Workforce Diversity, and holds a doctoral degree from the Global Executive Doctor of Education program at the University of Southern California.