"Recently, Mary Ellen has provided her expertise and guidance to my start-up to help us develop our societal purpose. She helped us shift our thinking away from the 'what' of our business to the 'why'. Her process was easy to follow and her stakeholder-focused approach encouraged us dig into the nuts and bolts of our business to find the best way to communicate 'why' we do what we do. Mary Ellen does a fantastic job of meeting you where you're at - whether you already know about the benefits of being a purpose-driven organization or whether purpose is a new concept, she is effective at communicating the missing pieces and guiding you along the discovery process. I would recommend Mary Ellen to any founder or leader who is committed to growing their business while having a positive societal impact."
2016 to 2022:
"Mary Ellen is able to approach an issue not just from a transactional point of view but by employing a systems lens approach. She is invested in growing business as a force for good and she uses her extensive network, skills and abilities to make that happen.
Her leadership at the Social Purpose Institute, based at the United Way of BC, showed her ability to apply innovation to create great social impact. Starting any project like that requires great tenacity and Mary Ellen has that in spades while also being a great collaborator who is deeply engaged in realizing successful outcomes. She is a class intrapranereur, applying entrepreneurial thinking to tackle tough challenges.
If you are seeking an experienced leader with a "can do" attitude who understand how to work effectively with others, I would recommend you take a serious look at Mary Ellen."
"Mary Ellen is a visionary leader and ecosystem builder. She mobilizes people and resources and builds innovation pathways for system change. As a manager she brings out the best in people and inspires everyone to new heights. She is courageous and principled and sees opportunities where others see barriers. Mary Ellen is impact and results driven and a global expert in accelerating the Purpose Economy in which the economy is powered by social purpose business. She is someone you will want on your team or to lead your team."
"I have known Mary Ellen in a professional capacity for more than four years. In particular, I saw her build the Social Purpose Institute into a force to be reckoned with. Through her time there, it is clear that she can take an idea from conception to implementation, deftly navigating a multi-stakeholder universe, and take a values oriented approach to value creation ("values to value"). What's more, she has a diverse sectoral background which makes her a well-rounded executive."