WordPress Icon  Facebook Icon  Twitter Icon  LinkedIn Icon  BlogTalkRadio Icon


"True happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance." - Dr. Kathleen Hall

 Picture of Ellen Contente

Jump To Bio Education


Let me tell you a little bit about Heart-Centered Programs and myself. I started Heart-Centered Programs because I recognized the need for more 'heart' in both the workplace and in peoples every day lives.

Having had a successful career of more than 25 years in Corporate America, I know what it's like to work long hard hours - to sacrifice time with your family, with your friends, for volunteering and community service, time for personal projects, and last but not least .... time for myself!

I was constantly stressed. Either worrying about my job, money, my kids, relationships, life - trying to balance and keep so many balls in the air. I wondered how I could have a more balanced life when work consumed so much of it. I knew there had to be a better way to live and I also knew that I wanted to help others live a happier, healthier more balanced life too.

After being laid off from my last corporate job, due to the downturn in the economy, I realized this was my golden opportunity. Something within me told me it was time to stop wondering, to stop asking and to just do it - it was time to put my money where my mouth was. So, after a long and heart-centered talk with my family, I decided to start working for myself. I became 'self-employed' as a trainer and marketer for multiple clients.

It wasn't too long before I was being specifically requested by the vendors' clients as their 'trainer of choice'.

Once I had made my 'Decision' and declared my 'Intention', I began to see and feel an almost immediate change in all aspects of my life.

I found that I was able to combine my corporate experience, training expertise and entertainment background into the perfect career as a Work/Life Balance Trainer. I returned to school and graduated with a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, while at the same time obtaining my license as a Science of Mind Practitioner from the NoHo Center for New Thought in North Hollywood. I began to infuse and put into practice the spiritual principles that I and so many people were searching for into my workshops and trainings. I was tipping the scales in favor of a more heart-centered way to live.

It was this realization that led me to form my own training company - Heart-Centered Programs. I feel very passionate about what I do now, the programs that I teach, and the impact these programs can and have made in people's lives. There is a better way and I'm not only living it, I can show you how you can experience it too!

So, no matter what you do for a 'living' - whether you're a fulltime employee, business owner, self-employed, or a fulltime parent or student, I can help you find more balance in all areas of your life and help you tip the scales in your favor - by putting Heart back into your life!



Ellen's Bio

Ellen brings over 50 years of life experience and more than 30 years of experience and expertise in Sales, Management, Training and Coaching into her Heart-Centered Programs Workshops. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from The University of New York in Buffalo, New York and a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica in California. Her diverse educational background encompasses being a Certified Trainer for multiple EAP training companies; a Certified Trainer for PeaceBuilders, Becoming a Love and Logic Parent and S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting); a Life Coach; Actor; Wellness Instructor; and a Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner.

Ellen's corporate background includes training Sales Executives, Supervisors and Managers, Call Center Representatives, and Fortune 500 accounts. She has worked in all the major markets for corporations selling software and technology products to multi-national Fortune 500 companies. Ellen has held various positions ranging from Field Marketing Director for an International Technology Company to the US - Western Region - Sales Manager for a UK-based Software company. She has received various accolades throughout her career including: the 'Sales Person of the Year' award, multiple 'Winners Circle' member awards, and the 'Trainer of the Year' award.

Her expertise is in the area of Creating a Positive Workplace, Presenting & Speaking, Customer Service, Prospecting and Sales Strategies, Marketing, and Self-Leadership. For the past five years she has been facilitating corporate trainings for multiple international EAP organizations as well as one to one coaching to corporate executives and individuals.

Prior to founding Heart-Centered Programs, a company she created that is devoted to putting 'heart' back into business and ones personal life, she founded The Parents Playhouse - currently a blog to provide 'comic relief' to parents. She developed and taught parenting classes & workshops and created a newsletter filled with informative articles, antidotes, tips and resources; her most recent creation is 'Comfort Food for Thought', an inspirational and motivational blog. In addition, she maintains and writes the inspirational newsletter, Positive Quote of the Day, for Esteemed Human Development International for which she is also a certified trainer.

Ellen was born in New York City and grew up in the metropolitan area of New York. Since graduating from college at The University of New York in Buffalo, she has lived in Tulsa, Sarasota, Boston, New Jersey and New York City - she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and 12 year old twins.

Print or Download Ellen's Bio in .pdf format or in .doc format




  • 2010 - M.A. Spiritual Psychology
  • 2010 - ICSL / Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner
  • 2008 - Certified PeaceBuilders Instructor
  • 2007 - National Speakers Association / Affiliate Member
  • 2007 - Hobbs Herder / Real Estate Marketing Training
  • 2006 - Peak Potentials / Train The Trainer
  • 2006 - Love & Logic Institute / Parenting Workshops Facilitator
  • 2002 - CoachU Coaching Program / Life Coaching
  • 2001 - Selling at the 'C' Level
  • 1999 - Executive Conversation
  • 1992 - Miller-Heiman / Sales Training
  • 1990 - Corporate Film & Video / Presentational Skills Training
  • 1989 - Toastmasters / Public Speaking and Leadership
  • 1987 - Self Presentation for Women
  • 1985 - Strategic Selling Skills
  • 1981 - Xerox Selling Skills II
  • 1980 - B.S. Business Management



    • Testimonials

    • "I had the pleasure of working with Ellen while she was the Western Regional Manager for Touchpaper US ..."... more

      - Gail Olivieri
      Former US Marketing Director, Touchpaper Corporation

    • "Ellen has a natural ability to make you see things in a different, positive perspective ..."... more

      - Howard H.
      Banking Executive, Rockland Trust Bank

    • "Ellen is one of my best trainers and I have been using her services as an Independent Contractor for the past three (3) years ..."... more

      - Betsy Haas
      President, Esteemed Human Development International