Leading By Example

Dr. Jamelle H. Ellis’s journey in environmental health sciences and engineering inspired her to start her environmental sustainability consulting firm, Empowerment Strategies. That same journey led her to launch Empowerment Strategies for Girls and Empowerment Strategies for Teens & Young Adults, which serves co-ed audiences.

Girls don't need to shy away from STEM fields; I want to help them see themselves in science.

Her passion for helping young women develop the skills and confidence to become future STEM leaders was the impetus behind the emerging leadership development and coaching program. 

Ellis holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. 

Besides her academic and business accomplishments, she’s been an active Girl Scout leader for more than 16 years. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) Junior Chapter at Blythewood High School in Columbia, SC.

An expert at navigating STEM studies and careers, Ellis uses her experience to educate young girls and women—and teens and young adults—about the importance of what she calls STEMpowerment.