Alex O. Ellis
Alex Ellis is transforming lives one redefined image at a time. An award winning author, speaker, activist and connoisseur of style, Ellis is turning heads across the nation through his inspirational message of building a positive image from the inside out. He has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise’s Our World Television Show, The 700 Club, BET and the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Honored with the distinguished 40-Under-Forty award from the Network Journal, Ellis heralds a powerful message to men and women alike to “never underestimate the power of your image.”
Nominated by AOL Black Voices as a Living Legend, Alex passionately delivers a fresh perspective that stimulates human potential; a lesson he shares from his own personal testimony of overcoming a battle with self-esteem. He has taken this message to national and international audiences, including the Disney Dreamer’s Academy, the National Urban League, National Black MBA Association, United Negro College Fund and Compound Foundations Future CEO Academy (founded by R&B Superstar Neyo). Whether speaking to audiences in Frankfurt, Germany or spending one-on-one time with young men during Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Weekend, Ellis travels extensively sharing his message to anyone aspiring to defy mediocrity.
In every role of leadership, this native of New Jersey proves to be one of this era’s leading men. A man of conviction, Ellis accepts his responsibility of social impartation, fervently taking a hands-on approach through his nonprofit organization, Tied to Greatness, an international mentoring initiative that has already impacted more than 5,000 inner city high school males in the U.S. and abroad. Ellis has called men of color to take action by role modeling an alternative image of success and teaching young men to convey their inner and outer personalities with a sense of strong character, pride and dignity. He also wears an entrepreneurial hat as CEO of Simply Ellis LLC, a custom clothing company that specializes in fine custom suits, shirts, Italian neckwear and exquisite cuff links. Ellis aims to restore the pride of men in his award winning book Restoring the Male Image…A Look From the Inside Out. The book provokes men to take a deeper look both internally and externally to determine if their expression is a reflection of their authentic self.
Ellis completed his formal education by receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree at North Carolina A & T State University. He also graduated Cum Laude from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary with a Masters of Theological Studies. With no signs of slowing down, Ellis is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Urban Ministries. Ellis is also member of Disney Dreamer’s Academy Speaker Resource Group, the United Way of Essex & West Hudson Board of Trustees, Leadership Newark Fellow, the Berkeley College Fashion Advisory Board, The Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America (CTDA), 100 Black Men of America, and National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP).