Ellie Gordon was the founder and Senior Executive Vice President of The Hot Sox Company, a global Hosiery Company which designs, markets and distributes hosiery under the brand names of Hot Sox, Polo/Ralph Lauren, and numerous private label brands. In 2007, Ellie and her partners sold the company to a very large hosiery manufacturer, taking the company they birthed all the way from a small startup to a major global contender and then to sale. Hot Sox grew to be the leading force in the fashion hosiery industry for over 35 years, with annual sales of $60 million dollars.
In the 1980’s Ellie decided to add another dimension to her career by training to become a Psychotherapist. She began a psychotherapy practice based on her training at the New York Institute of Psychosynthesis, The Gestalt Therapy Institute, and The Masterson Institute of New York City. She artfully combines her business knowledge with her psychotherapy training and is able to give business owners and CEO’s a greater understanding of the psychological underpinnings of being successful in business. She understands that people are one of the most powerful assets in an organization and brings this skill to her work with business leaders and their teams.
In the 1990’s Ellie began leading, coaching and consulting with women entrepreneurs. She began working with The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and was the first facilitator hired by the organization, which is now 90 facilitators strong. It was here that she really was able to get into the trenches with women business owners, many of whom were startups and give them the knowledge and skills she has acquired in the 35 years of running her own company. She now leads the prestigious Platinum Groups of the WPO, which is for women who have businesses of $10 million and over.
Ellie has served on many advisory boards including The Advisory Board of Women’s Venture Fund, Women’s World Banking Network Initiative, Women Presidents’ Organization Advisory Council, and Deutsche Bank Advisory Board. Ellie has been a trustee of The New Museum of Contemporary Art over the last 8 years.
Ellie has been a panelist at the Leonard Stern School of Business and a guest lecturer at Colombia Business School.