Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Aerial Ellis is a gifted strategist and storyteller who nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career by launching her first public relations company at the age of 22.
Recognized nationally by PR News and The Huffington Post, Aerial has since become a sought-after consultant/coach for her ability to transform culture, improve diversity, enhance communication, navigate change, build community and drive innovation. From beginning business owners to legendary moguls, clients have trusted her distinct ability to align partnerships with giants such as Burger King, Sony Music, NBA and BET and strengthen their brand awareness in the early digital age through media coverage with outlets such as CNN, BBC, Ebony Magazine and ESPN.
She has been a speaker/trainer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, SXSWedu, National Urban League, National Diversity Council, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communication and Public Relations Society of America.
She has been honored by the Nashville Business Journal in their Top 40 Under 40 and as a Women of Influence – Trailblazer. She was also selected for the inaugural class of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and Nashville Emerging Leaders. She has been quoted and interviewed as an expert source on issues in leadership and communication by Fortune Magazine, Ebony Magazine, NPR, USA Today and The Tennessean.
She holds a certification in Workforce Diversity and Inclusion awarded by UCLA Extension and the National Organization for Workforce Diversity. She serves as director-at-large for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville chapter and as secretary for the national committee on diversity & inclusion. She is also co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network and a board member for the Smile 180 Foundation of Delta Dental Tennessee. Aerial is author of the thought leadership book, “The Original Millennial”, highlighting six defining lessons of leadership for millennials in business and community. She teaches courses in leadership, organizational communication, public relations and cross-cultural communication at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
A native of Memphis, Aerial holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, both in mass communication, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from University of Southern California.