The Optimal Leader Ellen McGinnis is a senior principal at The Optimal Leader. She is passionate about helping leaders and organizations reach their optimal potential. Ellen brings over 17 years of consulting experience from multiple industries. She has held leadership positions General Electric Capital, ACS, Inc. and Saba Software. In addition to her corporate experience, Ellen has honed her leadership capabilities through personal commitment to self-exploration and personal development. She believes that the most effective leaders are aware of ‘what makes them tick’ and leverage this awareness to help others succeed. Ellen’s education includes an MA in Organizational Psychology from JFK University, and a BA from University of Dayton.  She is an ICF Certified Coach. She is qualified in a number of psychometric assessment tools such as Enneagram, MBTI, and DISC.   Ellen is a Board Member of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center in Berkeley. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons.