Sarah Kate Ellis
Sarah Kate Ellis
Ellis at the Collision 2017 conference in May 2017
|Occupation||Media executive, activist|
Sarah Kate Ellis (born November 27, 1971) is an American media executive, journalist, and author, most widely known for launching and turning around media brands within magazines such as New York, InStyle, Real Simple, and Vogue.
Ellis was born and raised on Staten Island, where she attended Staten Island Academy. She and her older brother Spencer were raised by their parents, Barbara and Ken Ellis. During her youth, Ellis was an athlete; she participated in field hockey and was a Junior Olympic swimmer. While attending Russell Sage College, Ellis led a media campaign against the college administration's attempt to shut down the only women's center on campus and, in her senior year of college, Ellis came out of the closet as a lesbian. In 2011, Ellis was selected to attend the Tuck Executive Education program at Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College and completed it in 2012.
In 1995, Ellis began her profession in media. She first worked at mass media company Condé Nast, which laid the groundwork for her career advancement. Initially, Ellis worked at Condé Nast's House and Garden. From there, she moved to New York magazine as a senior manager, then to In Style as a director. Following her tenure at In Style, Ellis launched and directed the turnaround of Real Simple, which led her to Vogue where she oversaw 10 lifestyle group brands. Ellis specialized in marketing and applied her abilities most effectively through leadership roles. Extending the reach of her efforts, Ellis involved herself as co-chair of OUT at Time Inc., the company's LGBT employee resource group, where she led programming to spotlight the diversity of the LGBT community (2008-2013).
LGBT rights activism
Ellis began her activism for the LGBT community in 1992, when she marched on Washington to support the rights of women and then marched again in 1993 to support the rights of LGBT people.
On January 1, 2014, Ellis began as president and CEO of GLAAD, the only U.S. organization working to move lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality forward through the power of the media.
One of the first campaigns Ellis pursued at GLAAD was the organization's 2014 protest against the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, specifically the parade's ban of lesbian and gay participants. In an article in the New York Daily News, Ellis wrote about her Irish-American heritage and sexual orientation, calling on parade organizers to end the ban.
In 2011, Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled "Times Two,Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made," released by Simon & Schuster. The autobiography chronicled their simultaneous pregnancies and road to motherhood—it was nominated for a Stonewall Book Award. In 2013, the couple was featured on the "Gay Marriage Already Won" cover of TIME Magazine.
Ellis and her wife were also profiled in a special New York Times Style section about marriage equality following its legalization in New York State and were the subjects of The Huffington Post's three-part documentary web series titled "Here Come the Brides." They were named one of GO Magazine's Most Captivating Couples of 2012 and are the mothers of two children. Ellis's marriage was the first marriage ceremony performed for a same-sex couple in the Episcopal Church of New York State.
Ellis is also a Vestry member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
- "GLAAD Board of Directors announces Sarah Kate Ellis as CEO and President of GLAAD". GLAAD. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "March 17: The St. Patrick's Day Parade, charter schools and Liam Neeson". NY Daily News. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Times Two". Books.simonandschuster.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Kristen & Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson Are Kissing on the Cover for Equality" (PDF). Tandemlibrary.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "TIME Magazine Cover: Gay Marriage Already Won - Apr. 8, 2013". TIME.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Gay Marriage For the Sake of the Children". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Here Come The Brides: Kristen Henderson And Sarah Ellis Marry -- Part 3 (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "GO Magazine - America's Most Captivating Couples 2012". Gomag.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.