Partial Client List
American Legislative Exchange Council
Arizona State University, School of Law, College of
Justice Studies, College of Criminal Justice
Arizona State University Entrepreneurs & Innovation
AZ Women's Conference
Brandeis Authors' Series
Daughters of the American Revolution
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Maricopa County Probation Officers
National Association of Women Business Owners
National Association of Workforce Development
Operation Reform Summit
Pebble Creek Lecture Series (2 times)
Prescott Valley Leadership
TEDx Arrowhead Ranch
The National Press Club
Thunderbird School of Global Management
United Methodist Church
United State of Women, White House Summit
University Career Women
University of California/Irvine
University of Phoenix Law
University of Arizona
Yavapai County Bar Association
Zonta International AZ (3 times)
Upon her release in 2009, Sue Ellen co-founded Gina's Team, named for her prison cellmate who died in prison of medical neglect. It is unique for a former inmate to want to or be allowed back inside the walls. Through collaboration with ATHENA International, using their very effective leadership model, her vision grew to a successful prison program helping women inmates become productive citizens, both inside and out.
In 2016 she founded REinventing REentry, a nonprofit
focused on changing the culture of our Incarceration Nation. Our leadership must be redirected to reduce mass incarceration, both to save tax dollars and our own humanity.
Sue Ellen is a compelling and inspiring speaker, an example of turning tragedy into triumph. When your team hears and works with her, they will have the tools and motivation to turn their challenges into successes.
Prison is one of the toughest places on earth to practice leadership. Inmates are generally not allowed to start or teach programs. Sue Ellen learned the lay of the land. She learned that 50% of all inmates have less than an eighth grade education and one in fourteen children in America has or had a parent in prison. As a University of Texas/Austin graduate, Sue Ellen was an educator with community experience; she learned how to use that experience to make a difference inside.
One of the most successful programs she was able to start inside was the annual Cancer Walk that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. Others include a Gavel Club, a Cancer Support Group and a Life Skills course, all designed with the inmates' future in mind.
THE STRAIGHT SKINNY
by Sue Ellen
All this verbiage sounds lovely, but here's the straight skinny that you want to know about me:
1. I was born in 1945. Do the math.
2. I went to prison for securities fraud.
3. I normally weigh 148 lbs but it fluctuates. I have two sizes of jeans. Doesn't everyone?
4. I went to the University of Texas in the dark ages when it was only in Austin.
5. I went to 16 schools on three continents; I've lived and worked in 21 countries.
6. I Love To Read.
7. I majored in English and French so it takes me forever to Tweet. I cannot write U for You.
8. There are 21 countries and two states where I can vote. I want to vote but I don't want to move.
9. I'm a widow and hate it.
10. I've had women friends break my heart and yet, I still think women are the most interesting, intelligent, thoughtful, curious, open, funny and fun, compassionate and kind people on the planet. No offense to the men I know They probably agree with me.
For more straight skinny,
read my blog,
and my book,
The Slumber Party From Hell
I look forward to meeting you
at a speech, a workshop
or a reading.
Sue Ellen Allen
Education, not incarceration, is the cheapest form of crime prevention.
- Sue Ellen Allen