Ebony Ssali, MBA
Ebony Ssali, MBA, is an author, speaker, podcast host, and Creative Director of Ssali Media Group.
A national lecturer on branding, diversity, and innovation in marketing, Ebony has garnered multiple awards in her career such as the City of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Week, Wisconsin Inno’s 50 on Fire, and Graphic Design USA’s 2020 Health & Wellness Award.
Ebony’s workbook Building A Strong Brand: A BRAND: ED Workbook is available on Amazon. And her podcast, Cream City Culture Podcast, can be found on Apple or Spotify.
As a leader in multicultural marketing campaigns, Ebony’s work spans multiple industries — healthcare, education, community development, and tech with a spotlight on Black and Latino markets. She is active in non-profit organizations, encouraging education and entrepreneurship. She has held a leadership role as President of Marquette University’s Ethnic Alumni Association, as well as roles in the National Black MBA Association and Rotary International in Wisconsin.
BONUS: We have been graced to work alongside Ebony as Diversity Outreach on our 414digital board!
Ebony earned her BA in Advertising from Marquette University and her MBA from Alverno College.
We asked Ebony a couple of questions.
Is there a woman who has had an impact on your career as a digital marketer?
Dr. Jean Grow was my professor more than 20 years ago at Marquette University. She was an early champion, assisting me to define my role in the industry. She consistently worked to elevate others, especially women of color, within the profession. Her tenacity to ask the tough questions formed the model which still guides the work I do today.
What is one piece of advice you’d give a young woman starting out in digital marketing — especially one who aspires to be a leader in her field?
Learn everything, and be relentless in the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement. Tomorrow’s digital marketing will only expand to encompass socially relevant messaging, total customer experience, and lifestyle branding. Preparation and curiosity will lead young professionals into the roles of the future.
Ebony Ssali — your strength and determination are an inspiration to so many of us. You never stop learning and growing, and we love that you give back to your community. You’re proof that if a woman has the passion to succeed, life will provide guidance and mentors along her journey. That old adage, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,“ speaks truth! Women often have to work harder to keep up with their male counterparts, and we know that women of color have even more challenges to face. You not only accomplished what you set out to do, but you have succeeded and exceeded! As you continue to soar, we thank you for being an incredible example to women.