Ellen Winkler


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Ellen Winkler is a cultivator of possibility. As the Co-Founder and Partner of INDUSTRY, she is one of the most influential urban planners in America. As a master designer, real estate visionary and placemaking expert, Ellen leverages insight to understand community needs.

With a talent for curating memorable activations and spaces, she is considered one of the founders of experiential design specializing in bringing client vision into reality. Ellen heads up all design on each INDUSTRY property (with four nationwide and counting), offering a personalized approach to every venture that better understands local dynamics. Now she has entered the urban planning world and is leading the design of over 30 acres in downtown Salt Lake City. These blocks will transform the city and update how city dwellers live, work, enjoy and congregate.

Ellen’s cumulative career encompasses a deeply rooted set of skills that allows her to elevate properties, thinking holistically to deliver an end-to-end experience. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the ownership and management of Drumbeat, an experience-based design firm that transforms spaces for large and small-scale companies alike. Ellen’s design-thinking can be experienced in first-of-their-kind properties in urban metropolises across the country.

As a community leader, her commitment to evolving people and places translates to an extensive resume of volunteering and nonprofit work, garnering her the 2019 Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, the 2018 Downtown Denver Champion Award and the 2017 Urban Land Institute Impact Award.

Distinguishing Awards:

Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado - 2019

Downtown Denver Partnership Champion Award - 2018

ULI Colorado Impact Award Winner, Innovation - 2017

Downtown Denver Partnership Presidents Award 2016

Denver Business Journal Thought Leader 2016

Denver Business Journal Business Woman of the Year 2015

Mayor’s Design Award Winner 2015

CBRE Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Runner Up 2015

Historical Denver Community Preservation Award -2014

Denver Business Journal Power Book Nominee 2014

Denver Business Journal Top 5 Tech Spaces in Colorado 2013

Yahoo Top 10 small business workspaces 2013

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Workspace of the Year 2012

Number #1 Resort in Hawaii Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2011