SAGU professor Ellie Gates quoted by Waxahachie Chamber
Ellie Gates, professor of commerce at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, recently won the Waxahachie Leadership Award at the 93rd Annual Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Her award was one of nine awards for business excellence in the community, recognizing business leaders for their contributions to the city.
“I was so happy to be nominated for this award, and with so many great leaders who have all done great things, I wasn’t sure I would win,” said Gates. “When they started to read the characteristics of the winner, I was delighted to realize that I had won.”
Gates explains that his third consecutive appointment is the result of his continued efforts to facilitate and develop the Waxahachie Leadership program. In 2018, she partnered with Sandy King, former president of the Waxahachie chamber, Charles Pulliam, and Andy Lehman to develop the program’s program with an ambitious goal in mind: to train more than 500 leaders in ten years.
Since launching Leadership Waxahachie, Gates and his colleagues have trained over 100 leaders in multiple disciplines across the city. These graduates spent a year developing their leadership skills and are now serving community organizations on boards of directors as part of the second phase of the program to help transform the city. After helping build the program, Gates became a Business Coach for the chamber, teaching business classes and entrepreneurs in Ellis County.
“It has been a joy to help identify and flesh out the vision and strategy of many small businesses,” said Gates. In addition to this overall work, she has also helped companies improve their marketing, customer service, leadership and internal structure to make their businesses more sustainable. “The pandemic has been a great test for our chamber’s leadership, and it was great to be part of this team that helps owners and leaders navigate change and take care of their employees and our community.” , she said.
As a SAGU teacher, Gates also enjoys incorporating leadership principles into classroom discussions. With over 20 years working in high tech companies such as Adobe, Microsoft and T-Mobile, she can reflect on her corporate experience to discuss topics like ethics or strategy with students. At the same time, through Business Techne, Gates’ consulting firm, she can keep her students up to date with current trends and best practices across multiple industries and non-profit organizations.
“The purpose of my life is to ‘restore what is lost’, and as part of that, I believe God has called me to ‘love, equip and defend people to be all that God them. called to be. “There is nothing like the thrill of seeing God make people grow. For me, leadership is a posture, not a position. I love to see people run into difficult problems knowing that ‘they have the skills, experience, and confidence to help others with God’s help. This mission is one I am fortunate enough to work for both in the classroom and in the boardroom. “
As Gates looks to the future, she expects more opportunities to develop passionate leaders, especially SAGU students. Under God’s leadership, she left American businesses and came to SAGU four years ago to train the next generation of business leaders. Additionally, she leverages her network and professional experience to connect students with great internships and opportunities to give back to the community.
“I am so thankful that God has pushed me out of my comfort zone and brought me here for this time and season to love, equip and defend our students to be amazing business leaders,” Gates said. “It’s equally exciting to watch those who have graduated begin to leave an indelible mark on the people they work with, and know they will shape the future of business like lights in the dark. There is no greater joy to me than knowing that I am doing exactly what God has called me to do, and I look forward to continuing to increase the impact of our Kingdom for years to come. “