Carrie L. Ellis is the Principal Consultant of Celestial Consulting LLC where she uses her more than 20 years of experience to advise and partner with managers, teams, and organizations as they navigate workplace complexities; she knows first-hand the challenging work of leading. Through her career, with roles including the Vice President of People Development at Teach For America and the Director of Project Management at KaBOOM!, Carrie has developed skills in small and large team management -managing from 3-26 people, effective program design and implementation, strategic thinking and planning (she and her KaBOOM! team were responsible for the completion of projects with over 1,400 communities and 200 funders), and nuanced partnership development techniques. Additionally, as a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness specialist, Carrie partners with teams to help them enact culture-focused, equitable solutions that resolve difficult situations, create sustainable change, and result in better organizational outcomes.
A certified coach, Carrie leads with curiosity, compassion, joy and a belief in people’s abilities and capabilities to do more than they thought possible. As one Executive Director client described, “[Carrie] is extremely competent on the toughest of all topics – people: she gets to know people very well, she understands their perspectives and uses that to figure out how to improve situations, performance, happiness, etc. She has excellent judgment, both real time and stepping back to flesh out a bigger picture course of action.” She is a skilled listener who is able to discern what is most important to people and situations and then translate what’s important into strategies and actions. These skills - coupled with her ability to think critically, focus on results, and develop the systems and processes that enable people to succeed - underpin Carrie’s reputation.
Carrie graduated with honors from Spelman College and the University of Southern California. As an alumna of the American Express Leadership Academy, she was selected to participate in the 2015 and 2018 Global Alumni Summits in New York with other social justice leaders from around the world. She served on the board of Teaching for Change for over 10 years and is an Aspen Institute Fellow. She loves a good cup of tea and learning about herself and others through travel, reading, concerts, and dance.
Jen’s work focuses on helping leaders and organizations work from their collective wisdom while building the relationships, skills, and leadership to take action and expand their impact. She is a Certified Professional Coach, trainer, instructional designer, and facilitator with more than 25 years of experience in culture transformation, change management, liberatory-consciousness, and team training and development. Jen is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She has been trained by the National Equity Project and is a founding participant in Margaret Wheatley’s Warriors of the Human Spirit Fellowship. She’s a certified ChangeBuildersTM and Sacbé WayTM facilitator, and certified to administer several leadership assessments including the Energy Leadership Index and DiSC assessment.
Jen was a middle school teacher and teacher trainer before she moved to the nonprofit sector where she has been executive director and held positions in school and nonprofit leadership, organizational development, human resources, and fundraising across organizations including El Pomar Foundation, The Student Leadership Institute, and The Breakthrough Collaborative. Prior to starting her coaching and consulting practice, Jen led Teach For America’s national Staff Learning and Development team which designed and facilitated leadership and liberatory-consciousness-based work. Meditation, writing, painting, knitting, and jewelry making are all mediums through which Jen hears herself and listens to try to make sense of the world. She loves reading, deep conversations, music & nature, and delights in the ad-hoc performances of her two daughters.
Callan Blount Fleming
Callan is the founder and CEO of Spark Collective, a social enterprise that delivers individual, cohort, and organizational leadership coaching, workshops, and culture transformation to create new personal and professional possibilities, one human at a time. Obsessed with “lightbulb moments,” she believes organizations excel and change the world for the better when they understand the power of people. Callan’s diverse work experience in teaching, finance, non-profit fundraising, and senior leadership roles uniquely positions her to support leaders in a variety of industries and growth moments. Her clients include privately-held businesses, education non-profits, and lifestyle brands as well as coaching clients working in finance, advertising, and startup for-profit companies.
Spark Collective recently launched Spark Company, a leadership development and culture-building experience aimed at retaining high-performing women by supporting them and their managers during the transition to motherhood and beyond. Additionally, Callan is a founding member of Tide Risers and its facilitator for the 2019 New York City cohort. Tide Risers is a deliberate community for women leaders working for the greater good.
Callan holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in the Science of Teaching from Pace University, and a certificate in Executive Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is a board member for the How I Decide Foundation as well as a member of the NationSwell Council and of the International Coaching Federation. Callan lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and young daughter
Julie Nguyen is a culturally savvy creative who is passionate about building brands. From content strategy, to graphic design and creative direction, she has led multi-channel marketing initiatives for various industries—from from global nonprofits like the U.S. Peace Corps to top Silicon Valley tech companies such as YouTube. Through thoughtful analysis, she is able to help companies navigate complex issues, and identify creative solutions to communicate their story.
Nyla Nation is a Public Relations and Communications professional working in the entertainment field. After stints in college at Viacom, NBCUniversal, and Allied Integrated Marketing, immediately following graduation, she secured a position on the entertainment publicity team of a major broadcast media conglomerate.
Nyla’s work has landed coverage in national broadcast, print and online outlets as well as local affiliate media outlets in the US. Along with her PR experience, Nyla has extensive administrative and project management experience, including work for the founder of The OnPurpose Movement®, Jovian Zayne.
Nyla holds a BA in English from Spelman College.