About Dr. Jelani Ellington

The quintessential scholar-practitoner
image Dr. Jelani Ellington is an entrepreneur, consultant, coach, speaker, scholar, and author. Before venturing out on his own years ago, Jelani worked in several executive positions in corporate America.

Jelani Ellington began his career at Ford Motor Company in the Ford College Graduate (FCG) management track group. His positions at Ford Motor Company included Body & Chassis Engineer, Corporate Liaison, Quality and Reliability, and Vehicle Operations. Following his time with Ford Motor Company, Ellington transitioned to the General Motors Corporation where he began as a Product Development Performance Integration Team Leader in charge of Sealing, Wind Noise, and Aerodynamics. Ellington also held positions in Quality, Design, and Cost Reduction before transferring to OnStar Corporation (a GM subsidiary). At OnStar, Ellington was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business unit, introducing new products and services, new strategic alliances, and creating the franchising model for Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, China, and South Africa.

Jelani then transitioned to Capital One Financial Corporation where he performed as an internal consultant supporting lines of business including Credit Card, Automotive finance, Banking, Mortgage, Point of Sale Line of Business, and the buy side of Mergers and Acquisitions. He then accepted a position with WellPoint, the largest health insurance company in the United States. As an upper level director for WellPoint, Jelani was involved in many initiatives such as instilling a enterprise wide continuous improvement mentality and toolset within the company, improving Cost of Care, improving patient experiences, implementing Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), and many others.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ellington received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. As a GM Fellow, Ellington received an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He has also received a Masters of Science in Management and Masters of Science in Systems Engineering degree awarded jointly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. Dr. Ellington received his Doctorate of Management from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. Ellington was nominated for and recognized for numerous awards.

He is the author of several provocative books about business, work, and behavior. His articles on business and technology appear in many publications.