Award-Winning Journalist & Author
One of America’s most renowned journalists and media commentators, Ellis Cose addresses the most pertinent issues of the day, from politics and race to conflict in societies, dedicated to spurring a national discussion on the fight for social equity. The Chicago native began his career as a columnist for the Sun-Times – becoming, at the…
One of America’s most renowned journalists and media commentators, Ellis Cose addresses the most pertinent issues of the day, from politics and race to conflict in societies, dedicated to spurring a national discussion on the fight for social equity.
The Chicago native began his career as a columnist for the Sun-Times – becoming, at the age of 19, the youngest editorial page columnist ever employed by a major Chicago daily – and ultimately ascended to top positions in some of the nation’s leading publications, including The New York Daily News; Time magazine; USA Today; The Detroit Free Press; and most notably, Newsweek, where he served as columnist and contributing editor from 1993 to 2010.
The best-selling author of The Rage of a Privileged Class and Bone to Pick, Cose’s latest is The End of Rage, a meditation on the decline of black anger as a new generation of educated, high-performing African Americans looks to climb the corporate ladder without hitting the glass ceiling that prevented their predecessors from assuming top CEO positions.
A popular campus lecturer and corporate speaker, Ellis Cose has the uncanny ability to tackle virtually any subject – only requesting a brief time to meditate on the topic beforehand. In his riveting keynotes, he is as apt to discuss raising children in the digital age as to examine cross-generational attitudes on diversity in the workplace, displaying fearless honesty and a heightened understanding of today’s cultural and political climate.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Anything Goes: Ellis Cose Addresses the Topic-du-JourDrawing on a long and illustrious career as an editorial board member for some of the nation’s most prominent newspapers and magazines, Ellis Cose tackles any subject on politics, national policy, and society. He shares his views on such seminal issues as immigration, race, diversity, major American press institutions, and post-conflict societies from South Africa and East Timor to Ghana and the US. Just give him five or ten minutes to reflect, then sit back and watch one of America’s most renowned journalists and media commentators deliberate on the most important issues of the day.
Diversity through Generations in CorporationsWeaving material from myriad interviews as well as two large and ambitious surveys – one of black Harvard MBAs and the other of graduates of A Better Chance, a program offering elite educational opportunities to thousands of young people of color since 1963 – Ellis Cose sheds light on the attitudinal changes he discovered among various generations of African Americans in the workplace. While older generations who sought to climb the corporate ladder before the likes of Dick Parsons became heads of major financial institutions quickly encountered a very real and thick glass ceiling, current Harvard MBAs have not only seen black men and women obtain top positions in business, but have witnessed an African American assume the presidency. Energized by these precedents, they believe there is a path for them to the top of corporate America.
In this riveting keynote, Ellis Cose examines what it means for corporations to create environments that recognize talent and provide opportunity across the board, and to what extent corporate leaders are stuck in a model of executive precedence that is reflective of history rather than the future.
America on the FringeIn the heady aftermath of President Obama’s election, conventional wisdom suggested that the bitter, angry, and destructive elements of discrimination were ebbing at last and America was becoming a post-racial nation. However, reality suggests otherwise. Socio-cultural divisions and prejudices continue to abound, whether they be rooted in color, gender, or sexuality.
A keen observer of America’s marginalized populations, Ellis Cose combines the talents earned from a lifetime in journalism with the insights and thoughtfulness of a close observer of the American experience to offer a fresh and original appraisal of our nation today.
Parenting in the Digital AgeAs a father, Ellis Cose was stunned by his nine-year-old daughter’s technological literacy and newfound best friend: the Internet. When children turn to Google for answers, how can parents continue to act as educators and teach their children the values they received in a pre-digital world?
In this ever-relevant keynote, Ellis Cose examines how the Internet is changing the parent-child relationship when parents are no longer children’s ultimate source of information. He shares the research he’s conducted on the matter as well as its ethical and philosophical implications.
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