Leslie Ellis is owner of Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com, a Denver-based analysis/writing firm specializing in the technologies used in cable, multichannel and broadband delivery systems. Her specific focus is "translating" the dense language surrounding the technologies and technology strategies of service providers, and particularly cable service providers.
She writes the “Translation Please” column for the weekly trade publication Multichannel News, now in its 17th year, and aimed at demystifying commonly used cable and broadband technology terms. (Archived here: www.translation-please.com .) She’s written two broadband dictionaries, one field guide to broadband, and she co-authored “Planet Broadband” with Roger Brown and Stewart Schley, about cable modem pioneer Rouzbeh Yassini.
In 2005, Ellis received both the National Cable Telecommunication Association’s Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates, and the Rocky Mountain Women In Cable & Telecommunication (WICT) chapter’s Technology Woman of the Year” accolade. In 2010, she was named Technology Woman of the Year by the national divisions of the Society of Cable & Telecommunications Engineers and WICT. Ellis served on the Rocky Mountain WICT board of directors for more than a decade, concluding in 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain chapter of SCTE.
With SCTE and WICT, Ellis is an active volunteer, fundraiser and proponent of “cableFIRST,” an industry initiative to involve more industry people in the mentoring of high school FIRST robotics teams.
Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associates’ Senior Technology Analyst. Ellis was Senior Technology Editor for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998, and Managing Editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994. She began in the cable industry in 1987 as a technical writer of hardware and software manuals related to advertising insertion technology.
Outside of work, she’s a beekeeper, founder of the Women Who Bee beekeeping club, and Executive Producer of the documentary film “BEE PEOPLE,” released in 2012. The film encourages everyday people to become backyard beekeepers, toward a goal of a beehive every two miles -- to help sustain pollination amidst the massive and unsolved honeybee population decline that began in the U.S. in 2009.