About Traci

Traci D. Ellis is a Chicago based attorney, and Chief Human Resources and Equity Officer, frequent speaker and workshop facilitator on building equitable, anti-racist and inclusive organizations. She is also the author of "The Exceptional Negro: Racism, White Privilege and the Law of Respectability Politics." Her work and social justice advocacy have garnered recognition, including receiving a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in recognition of “her life’s work which reflects the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business & Industry at Florida A & M University and a Juris Doctor degree at The Ohio State University, College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Illinois.

Traci facilitates workshops on DEI topics such as bias, privilege, systemic and institutional racism, equity, cultural competence and anti-racism practices. She also consults with clients to develop DEI-related policies and strategic plans, including HR talent acquisition and retention plans created through an equity lens. Her client list includes organizations in the for profit, non-profit, government, and education sectors.

Traci is also a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, as well as a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Instrument, a tool to assess the cultural competency level of individuals and organizations.

Traci can be reached at traci@traciellis.com.

Want to hear Traci speak?

Check out her 2018 TEDx Talk called "The Exceptional Negro: Fighting to Be Seen in a Colorblind World."