Ernst & Young Leadership & Professional Development Staff

The Ernst & Young Leadership & Professional Development director and consultants are dedicated to helping our MAS (Leadership) students enhance their leadership and professional skills, providing individualized attention when needed, to help guide students towards success in a variety of career paths. Contact us at for additional information about the Center.

Jenn EllisDirector of Professional Development

Jennifer Butler Ellis specializes in organizational and interpersonal communication. She holds a doctorate degree in communication from Michigan State University. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Ellis has taught courses in public speaking, business communication skills, leadership, organizational communication, small group communication, and interpersonal communication. For nearly eight years, Dr. Ellis directed the Ernst & Young Accounting Business Communication Center at Michigan State University and worked tirelessly to build a program that focused on helping students improve their oral and written communication skills. She looks forward to bringing that same energy to NIU's LMAS program.

Our Consultants

Ellen Stuart is an attorney who left private practice to pursue a Ph.D. in English at NIU. For the past several years, she has taught literature and writing at NIU and other colleges and community colleges in the area. Prior to her legal career, she was a human resources associate for Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen, Germany, where she taught several courses in business English. As a consultant in the eyLPDC, Ellen draws on her experiences in academia and the business and professional world, helping students cultivate their skills as effective communicators in both contexts.

Barry Shaw, a retired partner from Wolf & Company, will be in the E&Y LPDC on Tuesday afternoons for professional development consultations.