In fact, as Dr. Ellison conveys in presentations, speeches, and workshops, as well as in her writings, it is purely because of these factors that Dr. Ellison has been able to maximize her protection and provide guidance to organizations and individuals working to pave a stronger path forward to the future for people with disabilities. Dr. Ellison has given speeches and presentations on hope, resilience, disability, leadership, and inclusion to audiences of all kinds around the world, including:
- American Telemedicine Association. Panel discussion on Inclusive Innovation in Telehealth. Panel speaker and Conference Organizer.
- Rick Hansen Foundation, Vancouver, Canada. Presentation on international leadership in accessibility and disability.
- Adaptive Leadership Network Conference, Washington DC. Presentation on social equity and inclusion.
- International Society for Stem Cell Research, Boston Massachusetts.. Presentation on Stem Cell Research and Social Justice.
- Adaptive Leadership Conference. Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Presentation on leadership in stem cell research and nonprofit work.
- World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos Switzerland. Panel discussion on ethics of emerging technologies: Headlines and Redlines.
- Summit of the Young Global Leaders, Into the Light presentation and discussion
- International Society for Stem Cell Research 12th Annual Meeting. Poster presenter
- Shanghai, China International Workshop on Stem Cell Differentiation: The Influence of Biomaterials and Biomechanics. Ethics panel presenter
- United Nations, FDR International Disabilities Award Princess of Thailand Introduction
Dr. Ellison’s work in disability, resilience, inclusion, and leadership has been crystallized in:
- New York Civil Liberties Union Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee
- Suffolk County Human Rights Commission
- Microsoft Mobility Task Force
- New York State Ridesharing Accessibility Task Force
- Stony Brook University Diversity Ambassadors
- National Organization on Disability
Brooke Ellison, PhD is an Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, and Director of Education and Ethics at the Stony Brook Stem Cell Facility. Dr. Ellison received her undergraduate degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University in 2000, followed by her Master Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2004. After running for New York State Senate in 2006, Dr. Ellison completed her PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University in 2012. A policy and ethics expert in stem cell research for over 15 years, Brooke has been committed to changing the perception of life-saving science. From 2007-2014, Brooke served on the Empire State Stem Cell Board, which designed New York State’s stem cell policy.
As a faculty member at Stony Brook University, Brooke cofounded the organization, VENTure Think Tank, to provide policy and technological solutions for ventilator users. Brooke also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, to empower underserved communities. As a result of her work in the stem cell field, in 2011, Dr. Ellison was granted an honorary degree from Rutgers University, and, in 2014, was chosen to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a position through which she works to elevate the importance of stem cell research as well as tackle challenges experienced by people with disabilities. In 2017, Brooke was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. In 2018, Brooke was chosen to be a Truman National Security Project Political Partner.
At age 11, Brooke was in an accident that left her paralyzed from her neck down and dependent on a ventilator. The experiences she has undergone since that time have served as the basis of the work in which she has been involved as well as the causes she has embraced. In 2002, Brooke published a memoir, Miracles Happen, which was made into a movie, The Brooke Ellison Story, directed by Christopher Reeve.