All American Entertainment Named to Inc. Best Workplaces in 2022. Read more
AAE Named to Inc. Best Workplaces in 2022. Read more
Click to Open Search Bar

Paula Ellis

Vice President / Strategic Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  Categories:
REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

Paula Ellis Biography

Looking at the 20-year journey of Living Cities, I’m struck by how timely and parallel its path is to the one we’ve taken recently at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—one of the eight founding members of the National Community Development Initiative (NCDI).

President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen arrived at Knight in 2005 and I joined the team in 2006, following rewarding but tough years striving to keep the dramatically changing newspaper industry focused on the idea of community. Our predecessors at Knight, in building a relatively new foundation INTENT on having national impact, had already seen the power Living Cities’ investments had to leverage major funding for housing and community development in 23 U.S. cities. With interests in the well-being of 26 communities, we at Knight remained committed to the Living Cities mission, but were eager for more innovation and a greater impact on urban America—if not a full-on transformation of millions of lives.

On Aug. 29 that year, Hurricane Katrina slammed the upper Gulf Coast. While national attention focused on New Orleans, Alberto knew that Biloxi and 10 other Mississippi coastal communities might get overlooked.

Knight’s immediate $1 million commitment to disaster recovery soon turned into more than $10 million for the region—and included unprecedented involvement from Living Cities.

Within weeks, we and our partners convened a series of charrettes—citizen-led visioning exercises—to devise a plan for their cities’ future. Living Cities joined the effort in East Biloxi, a neighborhood similar to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward: low-lying, flood-prone, full of families who’d owned their homes for generations.

And they wanted to stay.

The nimble response, the integrated approach and that willingness to engage neighborhoods in their own future all helped demonstrate to us Living Cities’ commitment to its own reinvention. At a time when we were rethinking our own approach to sustainable system change and commitment to transformation, it gave Knight’s trustees the faith to continue into the next round of funding. Knight’s two-decade commitment to Living Cities is now at $22 million.

The parallels don’t stop there.

Like us, Living Cities has committed itself to being a continuous learning organization. In recent years, Knight has launched open contests and competitions with few rules or restrictions, believing that outside-in thinking—the wisdom of the crowd—will help in the search for ideas and innovation. We have re-engineered our programs to learn with our eight core communities and share immediately and widely what we learn, all toward the goal of informed, engaged communities. A prime example: Two Knight locales, Detroit and the Twin Cities, are among the five involved in Living Cities’ Integration Initiative.

Living Cities recognizes the value of consistently concentrating in the same room the hands-on expertise of its members’ most forward-thinking people. Because Living Cities’ leaders are leveraging not just the dollars but their own top-down expertise together against real-life, real-time concerns, these gatherings are among the most important dates on my calendar. Nowhere else do the major foundations, financial institutions and community entities bring their knowledge to bear in order to test and create durable solutions to urban realities.

At their hearts, Living Cities and Knight Foundation both approach systems change by putting the well-being of people first. Founder Jack Knight saw how important it was to “… bestir the people into an awareness of their own condition.” Once inspired, he believed it was possible to “rouse them to pursue their true interests.”

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Paula Ellis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paula Ellis for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Paula Ellis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paula Ellis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Paula Ellis?

    Booking fees for Paula Ellis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paula Ellis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Paula Ellis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paula Ellis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paula Ellis for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paula Ellis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paula Ellis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Vice President / Strategic Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Travels From:
Speaking Fee:

Paula Ellis Biography

Looking at the 20-year journey of Living Cities, I’m struck by how timely and parallel its path is to the one we’ve taken recently at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—one of the eight founding members of the National Community Development Initiative (NCDI).

President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen arrived at Knight in 2005 and I joined the team in 2006, following rewarding but tough years striving to keep the dramatically changing newspaper industry focused on the idea of community. Our predecessors at Knight, in building a relatively new foundation INTENT on having national impact, had already seen the power Living Cities’ investments had to leverage major funding for housing and community development in 23 U.S. cities. With interests in the well-being of 26 communities, we at Knight remained committed to the Living Cities mission, but were eager for more innovation and a greater impact on urban America—if not a full-on transformation of millions of lives.

On Aug. 29 that year, Hurricane Katrina slammed the upper Gulf Coast. While national attention focused on New Orleans, Alberto knew that Biloxi and 10 other Mississippi coastal communities might get overlooked.

Knight’s immediate $1 million commitment to disaster recovery soon turned into more than $10 million for the region—and included unprecedented involvement from Living Cities.

Within weeks, we and our partners convened a series of charrettes—citizen-led visioning exercises—to devise a plan for their cities’ future. Living Cities joined the effort in East Biloxi, a neighborhood similar to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward: low-lying, flood-prone, full of families who’d owned their homes for generations.

And they wanted to stay.

The nimble response, the integrated approach and that willingness to engage neighborhoods in their own future all helped demonstrate to us Living Cities’ commitment to its own reinvention. At a time when we were rethinking our own approach to sustainable system change and commitment to transformation, it gave Knight’s trustees the faith to continue into the next round of funding. Knight’s two-decade commitment to Living Cities is now at $22 million.

The parallels don’t stop there.

Like us, Living Cities has committed itself to being a continuous learning organization. In recent years, Knight has launched open contests and competitions with few rules or restrictions, believing that outside-in thinking—the wisdom of the crowd—will help in the search for ideas and innovation. We have re-engineered our programs to learn with our eight core communities and share immediately and widely what we learn, all toward the goal of informed, engaged communities. A prime example: Two Knight locales, Detroit and the Twin Cities, are among the five involved in Living Cities’ Integration Initiative.

Living Cities recognizes the value of consistently concentrating in the same room the hands-on expertise of its members’ most forward-thinking people. Because Living Cities’ leaders are leveraging not just the dollars but their own top-down expertise together against real-life, real-time concerns, these gatherings are among the most important dates on my calendar. Nowhere else do the major foundations, financial institutions and community entities bring their knowledge to bear in order to test and create durable solutions to urban realities.

At their hearts, Living Cities and Knight Foundation both approach systems change by putting the well-being of people first. Founder Jack Knight saw how important it was to “… bestir the people into an awareness of their own condition.” Once inspired, he believed it was possible to “rouse them to pursue their true interests.”

FAQs on booking Paula Ellis

  • How to book Paula Ellis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paula Ellis for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Paula Ellis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paula Ellis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Paula Ellis?

    Booking fees for Paula Ellis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paula Ellis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Paula Ellis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paula Ellis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paula Ellis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paula Ellis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paula Ellis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Paula Ellis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Paula Ellis for your event is available upon request. Paula Ellis generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cara Mertes, Gillian Caldwell, Pat Mitchell, Judith Sayers and Lindsay Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paula Ellis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Paula Ellis

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP