Ellen McGirt is a senior editor at Fortune magazine, where she established the race and culture beat in 2016. In addition to long-form magazine features, she writes “RaceAhead,” a regular column on race and inclusion in corporate life and beyond. The column has received a New York Press Club Award for commentary, a National Headliner Award and the Steven Heller Prize for Commentary from the AIGA. She is the editorial director of Fortune Connect, a membership community of mid-career executives focused on purpose, stakeholder capitalism and anti-racist inclusion. Ellen is also the co-chair of Fortune’s CEO Initiative and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and the co-host of Fortune’s Leadership Next podcast.
Previously she’s written for Money, Time and Fast Company, where she wrote or contributed to more than 20 cover stories and created the digital series “The 30 Second MBA.” Her reporting has taken her inside the C-suites of Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Intel, Xerox and Cisco; on the campaign trail with Barack Obama and across Africa with Bono to study breakthrough philanthropy. McGirt was the editor for “Your First Leadership Job,” a book published by Wiley in 2016. Ellen attended Brown University.
The New York City native now mostly lives in the Midwest with her family. Ask her about fly-fishing if you get a chance.