About Me

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D., is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dr. Ensher is a leading expert in mentoring and is a highly rated speaker and workshop leader at conferences and public and private organizations in the United States and throughout the world.

Education and Teaching

Dr. Ensher earned her M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Southern California and her doctorate in Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Ensher, Professor of Management, currently teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and related topics for the College of Business at Loyola Marymount University. She has been consistently evaluated by her students as being in the top 5% of professors at LMU for the past 20 years and was the 2017 President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award winner at LMU. Dr. Ensher has taught in executive education for the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Professor Ensher has two courses available on LinkedIn Learning on how to be a good mentor and how to design formal mentoring programs.

Education and Teaching

Dr. Ensher earned her M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Southern California and her doctorate in Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Ensher, Professor of Management, currently teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and related topics for the College of Business at Loyola Marymount University. She has been consistently evaluated by her students as being in the top 5% of professors at LMU for the past 20 years and was the 2017 President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award winner at LMU. Dr. Ensher has taught in executive education for the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Professor Ensher has two courses available on LinkedIn Learning on how to be a good mentor and how to design formal mentoring programs.

Consulting and Media Experience

Dr. Ensher has consulted at many organizations both domestically and globally including: City of Los Angeles, Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, LinkedIn, Sisters of the Holy Cross, and the United States Navy. Ellen has taught business students and executives in South Africa, Italy and Ireland and presented at conferences all over the world. Ellen has been quoted on the topic of mentoring and careers and human resources in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Money magazine and USA Today. She has appeared as a guest on various radio and TV shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and New York and has been interviewed for a variety of podcasts. Please click here for more information.

Publications

Dr. Ensher wrote Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships (Jossey-Bass) with co-author, Susan Murphy. Dr Ensher has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters and has delivered hundreds of conference presentations. Professor Ensher has published in top-tier academic journals including: Academy of Management Executive, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Vocational Behavior and Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Ensher has published extensively on the topic of mentoring and careers. Other publications include topics such as: defining moments, work-family balance, women’s career issues, and faculty career engagement strategies.

Publications

Dr. Ensher wrote Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships (Jossey-Bass) with co-author, Susan Murphy. Dr Ensher has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters and has delivered hundreds of conference presentations. Professor Ensher has published in top-tier academic journals including: Academy of Management Executive, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Vocational Behavior and Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Ensher has published extensively on the topic of mentoring and careers. Other publications include topics such as: defining moments, work-family balance, women’s career issues, and faculty career engagement strategies.

Service & Awards

Dr. Ensher has been the recipient of many fellowships and grants including the prestigious American Association of University Women’s Fellowship. Dr. Ensher was recently awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 and will be teaching in Finland. In 2017, Professor Ensher was honored to be chosen as the winner of the President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award for LMU. She served on the advisory board for MentorNet and was selected by students to be inducted into the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi and business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Professor Ensher is the Chair of the LMU CBA Faculty Career Development Committee and Co-chair of the Student Career Development Committee. She serves on four other university committees as well. In 2017, Professor Ensher was honored to be profiled as MM.LaFleur’s: Woman of the Week for her work on mentoring and progressing women’s careers.

About me

I live in Los Angeles with my son and husband. I am an avid reader and love to hike, swim, and do Pilates. I don’t have any real hobbies except driving my son to all of his activities! I grew up in land-locked Fresno, California so am eternally grateful to live near the ocean. I have traveled to 60 countries and have at least 20 more countries on my bucket list!

About me

I live in Los Angeles with my son and husband. I am an avid reader and love to hike, swim, and do Pilates. I don’t have any real hobbies except driving my son to all of his activities! I grew up in land-locked Fresno, California so am eternally grateful to live near the ocean. I have traveled to 60 countries and have at least 20 more countries on my bucket list!

How I discovered my calling in mentoring (and stayed interested)

The Los Angeles Riots of 1992 were my entry point into studying mentoring. At that time, I was in my first year of graduate school, working as a trainer at the LA Times, and searching for a research project. As a diversity trainer and passionate advocate for the career progression of women and people of color, I knew I wanted to find a topic that would resonate with these interests. After the LA Riots, the director of Training and OD asked me to help her answer the question “does race matter?” when pairing students in the LA Times Summer Jobs Training Program with their mentors. At the time, there was little research on this topic and I dove in—this resulted in my first publication which you can read here (Effects of Race, Gender, Perceived Similarity, and Contact on Mentoring Relationships in the Journal of Vocational Behavior). We found out that race matters, at first, but that after people get to know each other at a deeper level the distortions of perceptions due to race dissipate. This research hooked me into mentoring. Fast forward to 2014 and on an intense personal level I learned about the importance of mentoring. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and overnight I had to switch roles, take medical leave, gain a new identity as a breast cancer patient, acquire a whole new set of knowledges and skills, AND make decisions fast. It struck me that this experience of identity shifting is really common and that all the learning I had gained professionally about how to get a network of mentors could be applied to this personal challenge. I connected with a team of mentors and with their support made it back to the other side of health. If you want to read more about this journey, you can check out my blog here.