Ella Washington, Ph.D.

Workplace Consultant and Inclusion and Diversity Subject Matter Expert

Ella Washington is an Organizational Psychologist providing subject matter expertise in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion. 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. Ella has conducted inclusiveness audits, learning workshops and strategic planning sessions with clients in order to support their goals of building a more diverse and inclusive workplace. She has partnered with Gallup clients across Retail, Manufacturing, Higher Education, Technology, Government and Non-profit industries.

Prior to joining Gallup Ella was a talent management consultant at Ernst & Young where she advised global clients on performance management, change management, learning and development and diversity. During her time there she advised clients from Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Energy, and Higher Education industries. Earlier, Ella worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as a Diversity & Inclusion consultant. Her work focused on developing a sustainable pipeline for a diverse workforce in the Greater Chicago Area’s financial sector.

Ella earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from 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 bachelor's degree in Psychology.