The Next Peace
Central New England, US
Classes and workshops on the following topics:
1) Unconscious Bias
2) Cultural diversity
3) Conflict styles, conflict resolutions
4) Myers Briggs (MBTI) and DISC
5) Presentation Skills & public speaking
6) Bullying prevention for schools, police departments, & community groups
7) Workplace bullying prevention
8) Leadership development (managers to leaders)
“Ellen Ornato has presented at multiple events for the Tri-State Diversity Council in the Connecticut and New York Chapters. In every speaking session she demonstrations the utmost professionalism while displaying a passion and energy that is often times lacking in a corporate setting. Ellen’s ability to educate and provide incredibly valuable information on cultural diversity and communication, while simultaneously infusing humor into her speaking engagements is a powerful combination that resonates! The Tri-State Diversity Council continues to invite her back to speak at many of our major conferences and symposiums. She is a valuable resource to our organization!”
-Rachel Lopez, Senior Coordinator, Tri-State Diversity Council
I have worked with Ellen since 2005 in her position as lead trainer and coordinator of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Diversity in the Workplace” training that is required of all of our new employees. Ellen has earned consistently superior participant evaluations from a very diverse group of participants that includes both professional health care providers as well as support staff, police personnel, building services personnel etc.
She brings both subject matter expertise as well as the ability to deliver content in an engaging and effective manner. Our diversity training at times can provoke controversy but Ellen effectively manages conflict and strong opinions of participants in a way that leaves everyone feeling both respected and comfortable. Ellen has also made significant contributions to improving the curriculum and has made it increasingly interesting, relevant and more effective for participants.
Ellen has been a joy to work with. She is flexible, unflappable and quickly finds solutions to unforeseen difficulties that occasionally come up. Her demeanor, intelligence, training skills and sense of responsibility will make her an excellent candidate for facilitating any training program.
-Richard Fisher, LCSW, Director DMHAS Education & Training Division
Ellen Ornato, founder of The Next Peace, has facilitated conversations and led trainings around issues of cultural diversity, conflict management, personality type instruction and communication for more than 20 years. She brings a rich background in municipal government, private industry and entrepreneurship to her workshops.
Ellen is an entrepreneur and a change maker. In 1997 she launched Solutions PR & Marketing, LLC, which specialized in public relations, marketing, and event sponsorship. A few years later she launched The Next Peace, a consulting business focused on group facilitation on topics related to diversity & inclusion, unconscious bias, personality type, conflict styles, and cross-cultural communication.
Ellen is the Education Director of LiveKind™, a non-profit organization that teaches empathy and kindness-building skills as an antidote to aggression and bullying in schools. Through LiveKind she is currently working on "Cops & Kids," a program that focuses on the relationships between police and youth in New Haven, CT.
Ellen’s newest venture is a partnership with Jenny Drescher called ConnectAnd Improv for Work & Life. Here, the two partners marry their passion for improvisation with their knowledge of workplace skills to create dynamic, fun workshops that focus on public speaking, networking skills, customer service & team building. . Ellen also incorporates Applied Improvisation into all of the other workshops she facilitates.Ellen & Jenny also perform improv together whenever they can fit it in
Prior to joining the facilitation and training world, Ellen worked in urban planning, economic development, and community relations/marketing for a large regional retailer.
Ellen holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and is fluent in Spanish. She is a certified trainer for both Myers-Briggs (MBTI) and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She has passions for travel and exploration, social justice issues, and her family.