HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST DECADE:
Speechwriting and research projects for two former U.S. Presidents
Ghostwriting and developing research for an article by a former U.S. President
Researching and editing white papers & newspaper articles for two former members of the U.S. Congress
Nationally recognized workshop leader and guest lecturer on online research; best practices for nonprofit organizations; effective communication; and, project management
Westchester native Ellen Ambrose Del Colle is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of cross-sector experience from corporate to grassroots nonprofit organizations to operating a home-based, sole proprietorship.
Since her days as an undergraduate, she has worked to establish herself as an accomplished writer and researcher. In recent years she has channeled her energies as a researcher and focused on improving her skills as a genealogist. What started as a hobby has become a significant focus of her practice. Research sources include the internationally renowned Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest genealogical repository in the world of microfilm, print and digitized historic records; online access to vital records databases; land, parish, probate, military, church and newspaper records; yearbooks; and, city directories, as well as access to a variety of fee-based subscription internet collections.
Ellen's research clients have included a well-known international online genealogical company, law firms, private investigators and individuals. Projects have included finding "lost" family members and research for probate court cases. Some of these searches have required researching records for the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and Ireland. Past clients cite her ability to manage collaborative relationships with stakeholders, the media, elected officials, community leaders and celebrities while maintaining a sense of humor and performing with utmost professionalism and discretion.
Ellen's educational credentials include a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the College of Mount St. Vincent. In addition, she has earned certificates in project management from American Management Association and Halcomb Associates. Annually she accrues between 100-120 hours of continuing education by attending conferences & workshops and participating in webinars & podcasts.
Ellen has served on numerous boards of directors and is an active community volunteer. She has also taught adult learners and undergraduates as an Adjunct Instructor of public speaking, interpersonal communication and the history of television at Marist College and SUNY at Purchase.
Leadership and Endorsements
"Confidentiality and discretion were a high priority for us and Ellen was sensitive to this and other requests. She presented solid leads as well as dead ends and we feel it was money well spent to accomplish our goals. We recommend her without reservation."
E. L., Esq., Managing Partner, Houston, Texas law firm
"To summarize what Ellen Del Colle does is simple: she listens to all parties, develops a logical research plan, conducts extensive, documented, online searches and interviews, remains non-judgmental, and presents reasonable, well-researched materials. She maintains communication so the client is aware of the progress as well as roadblocks in the research process. Ellen is detail-oriented and goes the extra mile for her clients."
D. C., Private Investigator, Los Angeles, California
""Ellen is extraordinary! She is creative, knowledgeable, determined and ambitious. Ellen's work ethic is top notch and I highly recommend her."
Anna Molisse, Mortgage Banker, Connecticut
"An overused phrase but here it is very true - a consummate professional. Ellen knows executive board operations and planning, writing and promoting NFPs (not-for-profit organizations). I strongly recommend getting her counsel in every phase of NFP management."
Lester Millman, President
Affiliated Photographic Services, Middletown, New York
"Ellen is a master at putting ideas to work and making information available to the people who need it. She brings the right people together to conduct enlightening programs for the good of the community . Sometimes these dealt with basic living skills (listening, writing) and they could also be directed at a small, specialized group who were starting a business for example. I was fortunate to have presented some of these programs and always felt that Ellen made everything happen with perfection. Always happy to recommend Ellen."
Jane Malik, Maximo PM/Business Analyst, Arizona
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