Mary Ellen Ball is an executive leader with almost 20 years of dynamic leadership, strategic planning, speaking, moderating, and executive coaching experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a certificate in Executive Coaching from iPEC. She is currently the Executive Director of the nonprofit Open Communities and the Founder of the Open Delta group. Open Communities is dedicated to promoting inclusive and just communities in north suburban Cook County by protecting homeowners from foreclosure, tenants from predatory landlords, and everyone from housing discrimination. Alongside her passion for all things housing, Mary Ellen created the Open Delta Group to partner with people and teams looking to clarify their purpose and develop steadfast courage in line with those values. Her style is straightforward, compassionate, and far from half-assed. She may curse but it always seems perfectly placed, so she is easily forgiven. She is infectiously optimistic, abundantly energetic, and believes she has found her calling coaching organizations and leaders to discover the power of leading from a place of shared human experiences and showing up as our whole selves every day. Mary Ellen lives in Evanston, Illinois, and shares her life with her two radical kids and a brilliant partner who is the president of her fan club. She keeps trying to foster senior dogs but ends up adopting them. She is the luckiest on all accounts.