Environmental and Social Change
Organizational (Corporate, Governmental, Nonprofit, etc.)
Lawrence brings 25 years experience as an executive and leadership coach. He is passionate about supporting clients to access their full presence, develop their highest visions, navigate challenges skillfully, and produce extraordinary results.
Lawrence has served in several leadership, consulting and coaching roles across sectors. He was as a director with one of the oldest change-leadership consulting firms in the US, Interaction Associates; and is a producer of films and global tele-summits on sustainability.
He is on faculty with the prestigious American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Chapter Fellowship, teaching mindfulness and transformative leadership to the region’s top leaders, across all sectors.
He lives in Oakland, CA with his partner Mike, a few miles from his teenage niece and nephew whom he co-parented for several years, and to whom he remains umalume okhethekileyo (“super or special uncle”).
Education & Credentials
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship
MA, Oxford University, on the Rhodes Scholarship
Advanced Interaction Associates coach training
Certified mindfulness meditation teacher
15 years of Somatics training (Somatic Experiencing, Generative Somatics, Co-Counseling)
Clients that have benefited from Lawrence’s support, across sectors, include AAA, American Hospital Association, American Red Cross, CH2M HILL, Charles Schwab, Conservation Fund, eBay, Kaiser Permanente, National Co+op Grocers, National Geographic, National Patient Safety Foundation, Navajo Nation, Oakland Museum of California, Packard Foundation, PG&E, Princeton University, Sematech, Solar Richmond, Stupski Foundation, VMware, Washington State Hospital Association.
“Lawrence Ellis is a caring, strategic coach who will help you discover and own your power. Lawrence builds on your strengths and helps you address the barriers that stand in your way. He stands as one of the top coaches with whom I have worked. I wholeheartedly recommend him to leaders interested in making successful leaps to new heights.”
– Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, three-term former World Secretary General and CEO of the World YWCA; President and CEO of The Global Fund for Women
“Lawrence was the primary coach for the core filmmakers. We were able to turn to him at almost every critical juncture: challenges with funders, political dynamics with luminaries, uncertainties about the creative arc of sections of the film, navigating mazes of the film world, and more. He modified his approach to fit our needs – from facilitating our problem-solving, to serving as a sounding board, from engaging as a wise thought-partner, to being appropriately directive at times, from giving us moral support with setbacks, to celebrating our successes. With his coaching, we became enormously more clear, skillful, and effective – and we rose to a new level of vision and creative execution that we had not known was possible. We credit Lawrence with having helped give us new insights and breakthrough successes that ultimately made our film profoundly more accomplished than it would have been had we not met him.”
– Guy Reid, Director of Overview (winner of 2013 Environmental Media Award),
Planetary, and a documentary about the International Space Station scheduled for release in 2020