Ashley R., Corvallis, OR
Of all of the professional development opportunities I have experienced, working with Ellen was one of the most valuable and enjoyable. Not only did our sessions build my professional confidence, they also realigned my attention to the importance of balance in work, life, relationships, self, and spirit. I have become a more balanced individual, which in turn allows me to contribute to my organization at a higher level and support my teammates from a deeper reserve. Working with Ellen also shifted my perspective to allow more room for opportunity and possibility to arise from change, which has benefitted both my leadership ability and personal adaptability. Ultimately, I feel more capable and invested in my organization because it invested in my holistic development.
Simeon Jacob, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Ellen brings an inclusive process to her work that invites for the whole self to be engaged. In her work with us, Ellen led the group of community partners to plan a forum to help deepen the relationships between the government agency and their community partners. Each step of the way, Ellen exemplified equitable practices and was quick to adapt to better meet the needs of the group.
Dan little, first gentleman of oregon, oregon governor's office
Ellen has been integral to the Roadmap to the Outdoors Initiative, a statewide effort to make the outdoors welcoming to all Oregonians, with an emphasis on youth and increasing the diversity of participants.
Ellen moderated the keynote panel discussion at the Roadmap to the Outdoors Symposium with former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Governor Kate Brown, as part of a statewide convening of outdoor leaders, funders, and representatives from diverse communities to identify barriers and solutions to connecting Oregonians to the outdoors.
She then went on to facilitate a newly formed team of partner organizations in the development of the Roadmap plan, creating trust within the team, establishing a clear focus, and guiding the development of broad action items.