Featured Member

Greenberg, Ellie


Professional Title: President and CEO

Organization: EMG and Associates


Occupation: Author, Consultant and Presenter

What I really do is: Work with individuals and organizations to effect change and help them to become more responsive and effective. I also write.


BA: Mount Holyoke College 1953

MA: University of Wisconsin 1954

Ed.D: University of Northern Colorado 1981

Honorary Doctoral Degrees: Professional School of Psychology 1987; Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 1983

Memberships/Offices Held
(Civic, Political, Professional)

Among my more than 60 community organization participations and memberships, my focus has been higher education, telecommunications, the judiciary, women’s leadership and minority activities.  I have served as a Governor’s appointee to the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (1981-86), been a member of the Women’s Forum of Colorado since 1981, was a co-founder of the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition, and was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. I currently serve as an Emeritas Board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute and was a co-founder of its Our Courts public education program in 2007. I founded the quarterly  Colorado Feminist Luncheon in 2008 as an intergenerational learning event with women authors as speakers; we are now on our 45th Luncheon.


My first job was: Speech Pathologist-United Cerebral Palsy Center-27th and Columbine, Denver, Colorado

For fun/pleasure I: I spend time with friends and family. I also write. Three of my books are: A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women over Sixty (2008), with Fay Wadsworth Whitney; In Our Fifties: Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives (1993), with William H. Bergquist and G. Alan Klaum; and Weaving: The Fabric of a Woman’s Life (1991). I have also authored/edited five books in higher education; five pamphlets; and written 85 published articles and more that 250 unpublished papers and presentations.

I’d like to know more about: The 3rd third of life; and parts of the world I have not visited.

I wish I could do more about: The effectiveness of our higher education institutions, especially for adult students.

I consider my greatest achievement to be: The design and implementation of individualized higher education programs for adults returning to college through the University Without Walls (Loretto Heights College, CO Corrections System, Navajo Mental Health projects and others), Pathways to the Future (14 states; 40,000 employees-US WEST/ Communications Workers of America), the Mountain and Plains Partnership (MAPP-University of Colorado-NP, CNM, and PA programs in Colorado and Wyoming), and other programs for adult learners.


Partner/Spouse: Manuel (Manny) Greenberg (deceased)

Children: Andrea, Julie, and Michael

Grandchildren: Joshua, Adam, Madeline, Alexandra

Something Interesting About Me That a Resume Would Not Reveal

In 1963, I was a co-founder of the Littleton Council for Human Relations, which brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Littleton, Colorado, in January 1964. My husband, Manny, and I picked up Dr. King and his bodyguards at the downtown Hilton and drove them to the Grace Presbyterian Church in Littleton, where he gave a speech and answered questions for the better part of a Saturday afternoon. It was a remarkable opportunity to know Dr. King, in a personal way. The Council was also instrumental in establishing the Metro Denver Fair Housing Center, after assisting various Negro/ Black families to move to majority white Littleton and vicinity. The Council also established a scholarship for minority students at the then new Arapahoe Community College. My involvement with the Council led to the establishment of the Arapahoe Institute for Community Development (AICD), of which I became Executive Director, which then led to my becoming the Founding Director of the University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College and my subsequent career in higher education.