Ellen previously served as executive director of the Polsky Center and clinical professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth and, together with Steve Kaplan, was instrumental in the creation of the entrepreneurship program at Chicago Booth.
Prior to joining the Booth faculty, she spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the healthcare and information services industries. During this time, she was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
She works with many of the startups that emerge from Chicago Booth’s entrepreneurship programs. Both her governance activities and startup interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world.
She serves or has served on numerous corporate boards, including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans, Northshore University Healthcare Research and Development, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871, and MATTER. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.