Ellen Meyer Shorb is a consultant, instructor, and coach in leadership, strategy, and teambuilding. A specialty in her practice is to facilitate team-building and leadership development while accomplishing a concrete business task, such as strategic planning.
In her practice, she has worked with nonprofits, foundations, and public and private organizations, in the U.S. and overseas. Engagements run from two-day seminars to several year consulting projects including stakeholders across a state or region to one-on-one coaching. Contracts have included: working with a multi-stakeholder steering committee (including bank president, Secretary of Education, and union president) to design an educational strategy for a state; facilitating improved communications among six regional centers for deaf interpreters while drafting a strategic plan; and delivering a multi-stage leadership training to 50 Boston school principals.
As an instructor in the mid-career, undergraduate Cohort Program in Leadership at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, she used an experiential and case study approach to teach leadership, change management, and communication. Based on her experience, she consulted to both the administration and fellow instructors on course and program design.
Before consulting, Ms. Shorb worked in senior management for multiple nonprofits, in the fields of international development, international relations, affordable housing, and community development. In the 1980s, she worked at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard on crisis prevention and avoiding nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Her last position before consulting was as the Advisor to the Chair and CEO of The Enterprise Foundation where she oversaw a $30 million loan and grant portfolio disbursed to urban community development organizations in ten cities across the country.
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.