About Us

Ellen Meyer Shorb

Ellen is the Principal of Blue Sage Partners.  She has spent her professional career straddling the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, focusing on strategy and communications.   For over ten years she has been a consultant and trainer in leadership, teams, and strategy.  She has her own company; helped start a consulting company with Heifetz and Linsky, who developed the Adaptive Leadership model at Harvard; and taught leadership at Northeastern University.

Previously she worked in several senior management positions in nonprofits ranging from start-ups to established, nationwide organizations.  At The Philanthropic Initiative (part of The Boston Foundation) she worked with a state-wide community foundation to strategize how to increase philanthropic giving across the state. At The Enterprise Foundation she oversaw a loan and grant fund of $30 million distributed to offices in ten cities.

Rewiring Success

Ellen is in the process of writing a book on how companies undergo mid-course corrections to be socially responsible and green — Rewiring Success: Socially Responsible Strategies That Work. Her co-author is Julie Lineberger, former Chair of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

Ellen and Julie are looking for companies to interview that are: small to mid-size, produce a traditional product or service, and have decided to take their company to the next level through socially responsible and green strategies.

She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, a MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Dartmouth College.  She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, traveled around the world for a year, and is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.

Ellen keeps herself busy in the community (most recently as a member of the Town of Lincoln Finance Committee and Affordable Housing Trust; as the founder/instructor of Framingham Prison for Women’s Master Class; and as a Project Manager of a Community Consulting Team re-branding project for Roca, Inc.) and with her four kids, husband, and dog.

Blue Sage Partners

“Blue” is for optimism, “sage” is for wisdom, and “partners” is because we often work in partnership with other consultants on a project basis and, always, in partnership with our clients.