Dave Ellis

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Dave Ellis "is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. His critically acclaimed book Becoming a Master Student, currently in its twelfth edition, is the best-selling college textbook in America. It has been published in three languages and is considered core material by college students and faculty alike. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including Falling Awake and Creating Your Future. He also wrote a booklet entitled “Becoming a Master Teacher”.

"Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. He is regularly called upon to guide leaders along the path of long-lasting, breakthrough performance results. Past clients include national and international nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, an NBA coach, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"Dave got started in education in 1976 when he taught Junior High school math. After getting a Masters Degree in Mathematics, he taught computer science at a college for six years where he became Assistant Dean of Student Services. In 1979 he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993.

"Dave Ellis puts into practice the principles he teaches; utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. His friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation; a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working towards world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights, and personal transformation. Dave has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations." [1]

His daughter is Sara Ellis Conant.

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  1. About, accessed October 16, 2009.