Facilitated 15-person faculty/administration team to design a proposal for an arts and innovation district for an Ivy League college.
Designed and ran senior team retreat for environmental organization at the edge of rolling out a strategic plan.
Coached Vice President through a six month challenging organizational phase, complicated by difficult personalities and the exit of the President.
Facilitated 9-month process with multi-stakeholder steering committee — including bank president, Secretary of Education, and union president — to design a blueprint for education for the state.
Designed and ran half-day, intensely interactive, development retreat for board members of multiple state boards of a regional organization.
Facilitated strategic planning process with directors of six regional social service centers while coaching and training on communication and team dynamics.
Designed and ran a cross-training for State Department officials in Germany to manage a world-wide accounting system.
Trained social workers in negotiation to manage teams working with youth in crisis.
Trained 50 Boston school principals in leadership (4 days over 6 months).
“Ellen has a deft touch and a capacity for holding steady and staying focused in the heat of difficult conversations. Her openness to new and creative ideas enables her to be a remarkable resource for groups and teams dealing with complex issues and relationships.”
“I have known Ellen as a fellow teacher and as a partner in leadership coaching and group facilitation. I've watched her hone her craft and inspire all around her. She listens and reads a group as well as anyone I know. With a rare blend of compassion, commitment, and confidence, she gets groups to work together and stretch to new heights.”
Jay R. Kaufman
Director, Center for Leadership and Public Life, Northeastern University
Representative, Massachusetts State Legislature
“Ellen brought invaluable skills to our nonprofit organization as we struggled to identify how to best streamline and use our energies. She has a piercing mind and genuine warmth which she combines with high energy and a unique ability to help groups find consensus.”
Past Board Chair, Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia
“Ellen helped bring our Board forward, clarifying our goals and vision. A year later, her work is still discussed at most Board meetings. People remember what she says. She is a diamond for the organizations and companies she works with.”
Director, Sudanese Education Fund
“Ellen helped us find our voice.”
Director, National Interpreter Education Center, Northeastern University