Ellen Tave Glassman

Director of Visual Design, MIT Sloan School of Management

Ellen Tave Glassman directs design for the MIT Sloan Office of Communications with a focus on the school's digital experiences.

Prior to joining MIT, she was a consultant for the Museum of Modern Art and adjunct faculty of entrepreneurship studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Ellen served as divisional vice president at Sears Holdings Corporation leading design for Kenmore, Craftsman, and private label brands. Previously she was vice president of design at Movado Boutiques. For over ten years, she guided a multidisciplinary design team at Sony Design Center.

Ellen has appeared on The Closing Bell and has been featured in Fast Company Masters of Design, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, InStyle, and other publications. She is published in the business book What is Your Life's Work. Ellen holds over 40 patents for technology products, services, and design. Beyond her work in academia and business, she is an avid hiker and fine art nature photographer. She studied art history and Spanish at Brown University and earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.


  • –present
    Director of Visual Design, MIT Sloan School of Management