Ellie Gates

Senior Director of Talent Development at Box

Ellie is the Sr. Director for Talent Development for box, inc. in Los Altos, CA and is responsible for architecting culture and leadership development programs to increase people and organizational capability and build high performing teams. She has held executive leadership roles across her 20+ year career in business partnering, OD & Learning, and talent management for hyper-growth start-ups to large Fortune 500 companies including other companies such as: Adobe, Omniture, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Pitney Bowes, and MCI Telecommunications. Ellie thrives on big challenges, driving change, and provoking revolutions in the business world. Her biggest goal is to help people understand their unique contributions and to learn from each other and their own mistakes in order to maximize their contributions and impact the business in an agile and powerful fashion.

Some of her signature accomplishments include:

  • Taking learning 100% digital to attain 12x scale potential for learning programs
  • Blowing up & redesigning performance reviews for Adobe and leading the quipping efforts to increase performance and retention through Check-in
  • Building flagship leadership programs that have been recognized by Bersin & Associates as exemplars of leaders teaching leaders
  • Growing & building top performing teams to transform culture and learning practices
  • Coaching & developing leaders at all levels from college students to C-level execs

Ellie is a life-long learner and holds dual Masters Degrees in Business Administration (2000) and a Global Leadership (2010) in addition to her BA in Psychology. She also loves to write and was a chapter author for ASTD on Leadership Development in The Talent Management Scorecard (2012).

In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and supporting her three world changing kids. She claims to be the loudest cheerleader on the sports field and the consummate barn mom to her daughter’s equestrian habit. She also likes to sing, read, and take long drives with the top down.

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