Coaching for Nonprofit Leaders

Based in Austin – Specialized in Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness

Freedom to consider non-conventional choices

About Elly

Elly has more than 23 years of experience in and with nonprofits. She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Leiden University, the Netherlands, is a credentialed mediator, a certified coach, and in the process of becoming a certified trainer Nonviolent Communication. She has a lifelong commitment to empathy and compassion. She loves to walk around the block with her hubby David, hang out with her family and friends, bake vegan goodies, sit on her meditation cushion, and laugh out embarrassingly loud. Read more.

23 Years of Experience with Nonprofits Credentialed Mediator Certified Coach  Masters in Political Science


Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching is a reflective, creative space of discovery. The sessions create intentional time to think about yourself, your priorities, style, boundaries and where you want to go.

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“The relationship, reflections, and questions allow you to look at your work and your direction through a clearer lens” Sofia Barbato, Foundation Communities, Austin

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Conflict Coaching

Conflict coaching helps you see conflict as an opportunity to figure out how to collaborate. As a result, you have more trust and good relationships get better.

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Coaching is an investment, not an expense. You’ll create greater results than you imagine, and the outcome is absolutely worth it. I ask $100 per one-hour session. I also work with pairs and groups.

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“Elly is an example that love and empathy will always save the day” – Conor Jensen, Manager TexasBarBooks

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Together we work on clarifying what is truly important to you, reflecting on your priorities, preparing to ask for what you want with Santa-Claus energy: “Hoho, wouldn’t this world be a better place if my needs are met?”

“The words can’t capture really what the experience is to work with Elly. It is not three-dimensional enough, I guess that would be the way I’d say it. It’s really a moment of slowing down and being present and being valued as a human being. Not for what I’ve done or haven’t done, or know or don’t know, or my degrees, just simply that I exist, which is unique.”

Jen Collins

Associate Professor, TTUHSC


We use your conflict to understand what’s important to both of you, and work together so you can move forward. Bring your partner, sibling,  partner, and transform conflict into trust.

“I began this process hopeless, and through Elly creating a ceremonial space to share grievances, I ended with hope for a renewed relationship. Through Elly’s mediation, I was able to understand and communicate with my sister in a way we had not been able to in several years. Elly skillfully navigated us through tough emotions and ensured that all parties felt heard. Once we felt heard, it was a lot easier to think about solutions. Thanks to Elly, my sister and I are talking again.”

Radha Newson

Yoga teacher, Self-employed

Group training

Learn how to empathize and talk compassionately. Understand the needs behind the feelings, strategies, and demands. And find solutions that work for everyone.

I have really enjoyed the sessions I have attended. It’s been a unique experience. Not like anything else I’ve seen or heard of. I’m meeting with total strangers, but within 15 to 20 minutes, I feel connected, more connected with them than with a lot of people that I’ve known for years. And that’s pretty magical. And it’s done in a very matter of-fact way.”

Jon Freeman

Software Consultant, Freeman Consulting LLC

Agencies I've worked with as a coach, mediator, or trainer