Ellen Walpert

Ellen Walpert

Ellen is the Chief People Officer at ghSMART responsible for the recruiting, talent and HR functions at the firm.

Prior to joining ghSMART Ellen was the Chief Talent Officer at Highfields Capital Management overseeing recruiting, hiring, retention and development of people. Before joining Highfields, Ellen was the Senior Director of Human Capital at Tishman Speyer running their Leadership Development and Analyst programs for the US and Europe. Ellen joined Tishman Speyer, from McKinsey & Company, New York, in their Professional Development group. She was responsible for the Business Analyst program as well as the staffing and development of all Generalist and Corporate Finance Analysts in New York. She also was the Professional Development Manager for the Healthcare practice in the Northeast as well as the Corporate Finance practice in North America.

Ellen started her career in art as a Designer and Art Director working at the Ann Taylor Corporation, Party by Design, CheckFree Investments, Iguana Interactive and iXL.

Ellen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Architecture, Art and Planning school at Cornell University. She is a Certified Executive Coach from the Columbia Coaching Certification Program at Columbia University Teachers College and is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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