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Ellen Ensher, Ph.D. - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Ellen Ensher, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, College of Business Administration | Loyola Marymount University




Ellen Ensher, Ph.D. Publication



How to Get a Mentor - Tedx Talk from Ellen Ensher My Teaching Philosophy Developing a Mentor Program Welcome - Lynda.com From LinkedIn Being a Good Mentor Welcome | Lynda.com by From LinkedIn Big Decisions | Mentoring and Career Advice from Ellen Ensher



You can contact Ellen Ensher at Ellen.Ensher@lmu.edu.

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Ensher was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the top 50 “Best Undergraduate Business Professors” in 2022. Dr. Ensher was the past recipient of LMU’s teaching award, the President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eddy Award by the Los Angeles City Council, top five finalist for Mentor of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, is a former Fulbright awardee.

Dr. Ensher is a leading expert in mentoring and careers with four courses available on LinkedIn Learning, over 50 published academic articles and book chapters, and her own book, “Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships” with co-author Susan Murphy. Dr. Ensher has also published in leading journals including Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior and The Leadership Quarterly.

She is a well-regarded speaker and workshop leader at conferences and for public and private organizations globally. Ellen has spoken to executives and leaders at organizations including City of Los Angeles, Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, LinkedIn, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Teleperformance, the United States Embassy, and the United States Navy.

Dr. Ensher is often quoted in leading media outlets including Bloomberg, Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

For more information, please visit her website: ellenensher.com

Education (3)

Claremont Graduate University: Ph.D., Organizational Psychology 1997

USC: M.A., Public Administration 1990

LMU: B.A., Psychology 1987


Areas of Expertise (3)

Mentoring & Careers

Human Resources Management

Organizational Behaviour

Industry Expertise (3)

Management Consulting

Human Resources

Business Services

Accomplishments (14)

Eddy Award (professional)


Provider: Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Faculty Honoree (professional)


Provider: Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)


Provider: Loyola Marymount University

Woman of the Week (professional)


Provider: MM. LaFleur

Fulbright Specialist Grant Recipient (professional)


Provider: Fulbright Specialist Program

Best Researcher/Scholar Award (professional)


Provider: U.S. Higher Education Faculty Awards, Volume 2

Best Teacher Award (professional)


U.S. Higher Education Faculty Awards, Volume 2

Best Paper Winner (professional)


Provider: Western Academy of Management

Best Paper Winner (professional)


Provider: Western Academy of Management

Delta Sigma Pi Inductee (professional)


Provider: Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Chapter

Herstory Award Winner (professional)


Provider: Loyola Marymount University

American Fellowship $27,000 Grant Recipient (professional)


Provider: American Association of University Women

Best Paper Winner (professional)


Provider: Western Academy of Management

Ascendant Scholar Award (professional)


Provider: Western Academy of Management

Affiliations (6)

  • Western Academy of Management
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD)
  • Academy of Management

Media Appearances (17)


"A Road Map for Finding a Mentor"  online


In this 2019 podcast, reporter Rebecca Greenfield tries out Ellen Ensher’s steps to getting a mentor including a truly inspiring courage ritual. Give it a listen for the steps and humorous missteps related to finding a mentor.

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The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018

Inc.  print


Ellen was named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018 on Inc.com.

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How to email a potential new mentor -- the right way

CNN Money  print


Emailing a potential new mentor can be scary. In this article, Ellen discusses some tips that will get a mentoring relationship off to a great start.

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TV Interview

San Diego FOX News  tv

Dr. Ensher discusses her book on Power Mentoring.

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TV Interview

New York Channel 1 News  tv

Dr. Ensher discusses ways to get a mentor.

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TV Interview

Chicago's "First Business" Edition  tv

Dr. Ensher discusses defining moments and mentoring.

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"Women with Balls Podcast" with Casey DeStefano  online

In this podcast, Dr. Ensher speaks with Casey DeStefano, Founder of Woman with Balls in the Air, on topics like the tyranny of the to do list, how I built a team of mentors to navigate through cancer, and how race and gender impacts mentoring.

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"How to be awesome at your job" Podcast with Pete Mockatis  online

In this podcast with Pete Mockatis, Dr. Ensher discusses how she doubled her income in one day, the real meaning of mentorship, and two valuable things every protégé can provide their mentor.

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MindTools Podcast Feature  online

In this podcast, Dr. Ensher provides the basics of how to get a mentor and how to succeed and shares personal stories from her own experience and research of best practices.

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Newspaper Citation

The Wall Street Journal  print

With bad mentors, “It’s better to break up than make up.” In this Wall Street Journal article, Dr. Ensher discusses how to break up with bad mentors gracefully. Ideally, it is best to salvage mentoring relationships and address problems directly, but sometimes it is not possible and this article will provide strategies to help you break up professionally.

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Newspaper Citation

The Wall Street Journal  print

Dr. Ensher discusses finding and working with the right mentor.

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Be a Mentor: Get Ahead by Giving Back

Money Magazine  print

Everybody knows that getting a mentor can help you in your career but what about having a protégé- how can that help you? And yes, we can all use some “good person” social capital but what about cold hard cash? Recent studies show that people who mentors other financial as well as emotional dividends. Dr. Ensher had the pleasure of speaking with a Money Magazine reporter about this idea.

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Forget Advisors - How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

Entrepreneur Magazine  print

Dr. Ensher had the pleasure of being interviewed by Gwen Moran, a writer for Entrepreneur Magazine and discussed how to connect with power mentors and develop relationships with them.

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7 tricks to make time for mentoring even when you're too busy

Fast Company  print

Taking on a mentee can be demanding of your time. Here’s how both mentor and mentee can get the most out of the investment.

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6 Ways to be a Kick-Ass Mentor

Fast Company  print

There are mentors, and then there are kick-ass mentors. And if you’re going to take on the mantle of giving someone else career guidance, insight, and advice, you might as well aspire to greatness.

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond a Mentor's Gender, Race and Age

Forbes  print

A recent Forbes article titled, “Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond A Mentor’s Gender, Race And Age” quoted Dr. Ensher on a couple of occasions.

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How to Find and Use a Mentor

Forbes  print

Though the best mentor-protégé relationships evolve organically, it’s possible to go out and find a mentor, says Ellen Ensher, a professor of management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and author of Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Get the Most out of Their Relationships. In a human resources course she teaches each semester, Ensher assigns students to go out and find their own mentors.

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Articles (1)

Break Up With Bad Breakout Sessions

Talent Development Magazine

Ellen A. Ensher, Elizabeth Hodos


Ellen Ensher’s coauthored article titled “Break Up With Bad Breakout Sessions” was published by Talent Development Magazine.

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