BETF Director, Barbara J. Ellis
Barbara J. Ellis has had a successful career spanning more than 30 years in the IT industry. During her career with the IBM Corporation, she held management and executive positions in IBM Global Services, Sales and Distribution, Information Systems, Finance, Manufacturing, Business Transformation and e-Business initiatives. Barbara has demonstrated expertise in successfully leading global strategic transformation initiatives for IBM, developing and facilitating the deployment of key strategies across brand and geographic business units in the areas of Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, ibm.com, IBM Technical Support, and Sales.
In addition to her functional responsibilities, Barbara was also a leader in IBM’s diversity initiatives as Co-Chair of the IBM U. S. Women’s Task Force, focused on Multicultural Women Initiatives. She is an inductee of the NANBPW Black Women’s Corporate Hall of Fame, the YWCA of New York City Academy of Women Achievers, and a recipient of the Harlem YMCA Distinguished Achiever award. In addition, Barbara served as IBM’s executive liaison for Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga., Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University, New York, New York, and Catalyst, Inc, New York, New York.
Barbara received her B. S. degree in Business Education from North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, N. C., and an MBA from Pace University, Lubin School of Business, New York, New York.
Upon retirement from IBM in 2003, Barbara served as Interim CIO of North Carolina Central University in Durham, N. C. Barbara successfully launched her consulting business, Barbara J. Ellis Consulting, LLC in 2004. She now consults with clients to achieve bottom line results through the implementation of strategic priorities and objectives.