Posted by Tim Richardson
Join us! This week's speaker: Ellen Kirton

Ellen Kirton - Center Director for the Small Business Development Center

Ellen Kirton spent 35 years in the banking industry, with her last position as a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager at Bank One/Chase.  Currently, she is counseling, training and teaching as the Pima Community College, Small Business Development Center as its Director. Ellen has adopted as part of her DNA, serving military and veterans.  She is so appreciative of her contributions to our freedom. In addition to Boots to Business, she and her team host an annual Veterans Conference with hundreds in attendance. The priority to her is to inform and inspire.

Concurrently, she is a co-owner of an Internet-based human resource company.  Her community service includes both with professional organizations and charities.  She is a past President of NAWBO, sits on the board of the BBB, and is a past president for the Catalina Council of Boy Scouts of America.  She also serves on the Ambassador Board of Make a Wish as well as the Advisory Board of our WFG. Ellen served on the board and as President of New Beginnings for Women and Children (now Our Family).  She is the author of “Cinderella is Still Dancing” and is a public speaker. In this past 12 months, she was recognized both locally and nationally. She has been twice honored as a “Woman of Influence” from Inside Tucson Business newspaper, next she was chosen as the “State Star” for Arizona and recognized at the ASBDC National Conference in San Francisco. Also, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minority and Small Business Alliance.  Ellen’s belief is that it important to give back to the community you live and work in to help make a difference for others.