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Introducing Member: Ellen Coffey


Company: Berkeley Family Therapy
Position: Clinical Psychologist
Country: USA
State: CA
City: Berkeley
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Cross-Cultural Business, Executive Coaching, Sociology of Work, Start-Ups, Writing

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What will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?

I have been blessed with opportunities to work in many places and with many people in ways that reflect my values and give meaning to my life. After thirty years I am still excited about my work and still learning.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I turn to the people closest to me first and then to others in the widening circle of relationships around me. I walk in the woods and work in my sculpture studio for quiet inspiration.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

I balance the different aspects of my life and make sure that work is not separate from what I believe and wish to do. I turn to others for help when I need it and offer what I have to others because it is in this exchange that I develop the resources I need for whatever life brings.

What keeps you up at night?

Mindless worry about all the things I cannot solve. I combat sleeplessness by counting backwards each of my breaths and lulling myself into sleep.

What gets you up in the morning?

Coffee and the thought of my three delicious grandchildren.

How is your work cross-cultural?

I place culture at the center of how I understand the nature of problems, and the conversations that lead to change. I assume that we each bring knowledge that will be useful for finding the solutions to the problems that we wish to solve. I come to this after living and working in different parts of the world where I have been a learner and a teacher.


I have been working with families, communities and companies in the midst of major upheavelsfor thirty years. I share the principles of Open Colony that include: collaboration, transperancy and innovation or unanticipated solutions to human problems.

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