Marissa Ellis

Digital Innovation Consultant & Speaker

Main focus: Inclusive Innovation

Twitter handle: @diversily

Websites/blogs: ,

Languages: English

City: Bristol

Topics: product management, tech, inclusion, innovation, change management, diversity in tech, inclusive thinking, team success, culture change, inclusive leadership


Marissa Ellis is a digital innovation consultant and the founder of Diversily. From blue chip companies, to start ups to accelerators, Marissa is an experienced and well respected leader in the tech world. Digital innovation, data analytics and business intelligence are a few of her areas of expertise. A lightbulb moment made her realise that the lack of diversity in the sector was a huge problem and that she was personally going to step up and do her bit to drive change. She has since developed a number of frameworks, that are gaining traction fast, to help individuals and organisations open up conversations, intentionally build inclusion into their thinking and come up with tangible actions to drive forward progress.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Inclusive Intelligence

With the rise of AI and data driven decision making there has never been a more pressing time for us to raise our collective inclusive intelligence. In this talk I explain what inclusive intelligence is, why it is so important and how we can develop it in both humans and machines.

This talk is in: English
How to innovate inclusively and why it matters

Current innovation practices are broken. We are not systematically designing for everyone. The ‘other’ that we tend ignore, is actually the collective majority. With the rise of AI and data driven decision making we need to act fast to change mindsets and build inclusion into everyday practice. This isn’t just a sideline concern for the Diversity and Inclusion specialists or the minority groups - it should be built into the way we all think, act and make decisions. In this talk I share some practical suggestions for things we can all do to collectively drive transformational change, creating better solutions and more opportunity for all.

This talk is in: English
Podcast Interview: The Neutral Middle Is Hindering Change

Most of us belong to the neutral middle — but being neutral is no longer enough.

Frankly, it isn’t actually neutral, either. It’s a tacit agreement that things are okay as they are, when they patently aren’t.

On this episode, I interview Marissa Ellis, Founder of Diversily and creator of the Change Canvas:

What we talked about:

The formula for change
Why neutrality isn’t neutral
The Change Canvas (P.S. it’s free)
Barriers to cultural change & how to overcome them

This talk is in: English
Podcast Interview: Driving Greater Inclusivity and Collaboration in Financial Services

Marissa Ellis, the Diversily founder joined Julia Streets and Jane Welsh to record an episode of the DiverCity podcast. It is all about diversity and inclusion in financial services. The podcast seeks to shine a light on positive progress, call out areas requiring further focus, and offer lots of ideas to help drive change.

This talk is in: English