HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Ella L.J. Edmonson Bell

Leading Expert in Management of Race, Gender, and Class in the Workplace


  • Women in the Workplace
  • Women and Leadership
  • Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape
  • Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity
  • A Look at The Huffington Post
  • Careers
  • Diversity and Leadership
  • Leadership Development


New Hampshire

Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell, Ph.D., is the founder and president of ASCENT-Leading Multicultural Women to the Top, as well as an associate professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is considered to be one of the leading experts in the management of race, gender, and class in the workplace, working with such clients as PepsiCo, American Express, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has written frequently for Essence magazine and its monthly "Working It" column. Frequently quoted by journalists, Bell has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Black Enterprise, Newsweek, Working Mother, and Fast Company. She is a coauthor of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed book Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity. In her latest book, Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape (Amistad), as in her sought-after keynote lectures, Bell offers proven techniques for all women wishing to advance their careers in the fast changing world of corporate America.

Based on her work as a consultant to some of the country's most prestigious Fortune 100 companies, Bell helps her audiences succeed at every level in a dynamic corporate marketplace, particularly one that is in the midst of radical global and technological change. Career GPS combines her academic knowledge and expertise with the get-ahead tactics she has shared in mainstream publications, in her classroom, in workshops, and in public speaking to general audiences. Bell's presentations serve as expert guidance for women of all cultures, ages, and levels of experience.

Bell received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She has served on the faculties of Yale's School of Organization and Management, the Sloan School of Management, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a Visiting-Fellow-Scholar-in-Residence at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Bell lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Charlotte, North Carolina, with her Jack Russell terrier, Belle.

Praise for Career GPS:

"Career GPS is a must-read. It will serve as the business coach you always wanted, offering timely advice on everything from landing a plum position to getting rewarded for a task well done. "
-- Essence

"[Bell] lays out strategies to help women maneuver their way to the top . . . [She] also offers intriguing advice."
-- Charlotte Observer

"Career GPS serves as the business coach you never had but always wanted. From getting the job you want to getting noticed for the job you've done, you'll find tangible tips for winning in the new world of work."
-- Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead