Ellie Byrd

ForumSherpa Founder & Master Facilitator

Ellie Byrd is the Founder and CEO of ForumSherpa, an executive leadership organization that provides tools and services for high-functioning peer teams called Forums. As a Forum specialist, Ellie spends the majority of her time traveling the world and working with teams of CEO’s, Presidents and entrepreneurs.


• EO Member Forums
• YPO Member Forums
• Spouse & Life Partner Forums
• Corporate Team Leaders
• C-Suite Executives
• Facilitators & Coaches
• Non-Profit Leaders
• Military Leaders
• Church Leaders


• EO Certified Forum Trainer
• YPO Certified Forum Facilitator
• Certified STAAR™ Navigator
• Forum 2.0® Certified
• ForumSherpa Certified Master Facilitator
• Board/Strategic Planning Facilitator
• EOS Implementer® (2014-2021)

"Ellie's personal warmth and experience created a nice 'safe zone' for open, honest dialogue. She was also flexible as it came to adjusting the agenda to accommodate the group."

— John, YPO Southern 7 Forum Member

My Story

Ellie Byrd has committed the last 25 years of her career to the learning industry. Her work has varied from software content development for Fortune 500 companies to leadership and personal development programs for small to large businesses. To date, Ellie is credited with having developed hundreds of training programs and online training simulations, as well as having personally trained tens of thousands of people. Prior to 2000, her work was predominantly in the IT sector. Since that time, her business has transitioned to the areas of leadership development, interpersonal skills and non-profit work. In this transition, Ellie has delivered leadership communication programs to hundreds of CEO’s around the globe and is a frequent speaker on group dynamics and accountability at conferences and universities.

Embracing her passion for Forum, Ellie established ForumSherpa in 2008 with a mission to help executive peer groups thrive. Since then, she has introduced the Forum concept into several vertical markets, including senior military officers, church pastors, C-level executives and MBA Entrepreneur students.

Throughout her career, Ellie has founded three successful companies, authored multiple books and released a CD as a concert pianist. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys playing the piano at conferences, churches and elder-care facilities, blending her music with a message of joyful perseverance.

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