Michael Ellis Bio
Michael Ellis, CPACC
As former Global VP of Accessibility at Sprint, and now Head of Accessibility for the New T-Mobile Mr. Ellis has been a part of the nation’s largest Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and accessibility initiatives for 28 years. Now combined, the new T-Mobile currently provides accessibility services within a global framework and relay services in 38 states, the U.S. Federal Government, as well as in New Zealand. Under Mr. Ellis’ leadership, the New T-Mobile is committed to ensuring equal access with a wide variety of wireless and wireline accessible products and services for customers with disabilities. Through his work, Mr. Ellis helps to shape the evolution of telecommunication products and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech disabled and Blind/low vision communities. As a subject matter expert on accessibility, disability and inclusion in the workplace and society, Mr. Ellis has testified before various government officials, including political members and committees of respective U.S. Senate, State government agencies and Public Utility and/or Commerce Commissions across the country and in New Zealand. His work and affiliation with governing boards, state associations and consumer advocacy organizations has helped to create positive change in the quality of life for all. While at Sprint, Mike was the founder and Executive Sponsor of the REAL DEAL Employee Resource Group (ERG) that focuses on creating resources, raising awareness and empowering employees with disabilities. He now serves as the Executive Sponsor for the ADN/REALDEAL at the new T-Mobile. He has received numerous prestigious recognitions, including Sprint’s “Diamond” Award, the Sprint “Legend” Award for Diversity Leadership, was recognized as “Employee of the Year” by CAREERS and the disABLED magazine, as well as the highly coveted U.S. White House’s Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations. Mr. Ellis earned his B.A. from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and an M.A. from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. In 2017, he became a certified professional in accessibility core competencies (CPACC) as sanctioned by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and currently sits on their Global Leadership Council. He also serves on various boards for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology, Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc. (TDI) and Gallaudet University. An avid outdoorsman, golfer, and motorcycle enthusiast, Mr. Ellis lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife of 33 years; having raised three children and a plethora of pets.