Our founder, Mary Ellen Ball, is a certified professional coach with over 20 years of leadership experience, professional accolades, fancy education, and certifications that demonstrate her exceptional skill set. Although professional accomplishments are important, it is our commitment to listen with intention, identify you or your team’s strengths, assess gaps, ask the hard questions, and hold you accountable, that allow us to step back and watch you move out of your own way.
We are experts in professional training, facilitation, and coaching. We work with teams and individuals using professional coaching, corporate training, and strategic planning to turn transitions and unknowns into clear and manageable actions. Regardless if you are an individual feeling stuck or a fortune 500 company underperforming, we know that it takes clarity and courage to recognize that something is missing, broken, or needs to change.
HI! I'M MARY ELLEN.
I have spent my career motivated by the ways humans work and connect. I created the Open Delta Group to partner with people and teams who want to find clarity and purpose in life and work. I earned my professional coaching certification from iPEC in 2017 to gain technical skills to better serve my clients. I am a straightforward, compassionate, optimistic, and abundantly energetic imperfect human. I have a habit of adopting old dogs, using too much profanity, and getting inappropriately annoyed when people sneeze. I don't feel lucky, I feel brave. And very, very grateful.
Mary Ellen is incredible. She listens intently and is always rooting for her clients. When I was at a crossroads in my career, she pushed me to discover my true desire and go for it. I took the leap and she is still supporting me every step of the way. I am extraordinarily thankful for Mary Ellen and know she will continue to do great things
ELIZABETH PLECHA, COACHING CLIENT
Sitting at my desk today overwhelmed with gratitude for your help with this process of dream alignment and self-assurance building
JOHN, COACHING CLIENT
Mary Ellen is able to see the big vision and was able to keep me focused on the goals we identified in the beginning. She was so encouraging and her confidence was contagious. I don’t feel stuck anymore. I am ready to start looking forward.
JASON, COACHING CLIENT
Mary Ellen’s positive energy is contagious and motivating. She has helped guide me onto a very purposeful and meaningful path both personally and professionally. Although I set my own agenda, she has asked tough questions and has helped me to understand my strengths. As I embark on a new career path, Mary Ellen has helped me focus on future goals by allowing me to build from my past experiences but not allowing my past to dictate my future. She has helped me see the value in all things that I do and work toward. I look forward to continuing on this path and I know she will always be there as a support if needed.
HANNAH, COACHING CLIENT
Hi there! Thank you so much for your tips and tricks! I am VP of a housing organization in Michigan and I have been very proud of myself for leading with a lot of grace, especially during the pandemic. All while being scared as hell for my family, my colleague and the continued financial health of our organization. I took this webinar today, despite telling myself I didn’t have time. It was what I needed!!!
REBECCA, NONPROFIT LEADER
I had a blast listening to your presentation. You are so natural. And I almost feel like, together, we could yap for hours (I’ve been called “chatty” on occasion). I did laugh out loud at a couple of your self-deprecating and off-the-cuff remarks. Overall, you interject just the right touch of humanity into the presentation
Mary Ellen is a dynamic and creative leader with extensive professional skills, endless energy and deep compassion for helping others.
RICHARD KOENIG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HOUSING OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
... Mary Ellen guided me through the many intricacies of the Community Development and Housing worlds, always willing to share her gained knowledge and experiences in order to help me develop into an equity focused professional. Her effective leadership allowed me to obtain and analyze complex demographic and socioeconomic data, always being mindful of the people behind the numbers, in order to create the finished Consolidated Plan for Evanston....
GEORGE KANOON, COMPLIANCE SUPERVISOR, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Mary Ellen brings a clear vision and inspiring energy to her work in the affordable housing space. She is open to collaboration and building sustainable partnerships that bring expanded opportunities for clients. Most importantly she is knowledgeable and committed to making a difference for those struggling to attain secure housing options.
CINDY RAWLINGS, MARKET PRESIDENT EVANSTON, WINTRUST BANK
I saw Mary Ellen speak at an Ignite event about how to have difficult conversations without conflict. I really enjoyed the talk - not only did I learn a lot about compassionate conversations but she made great recommendations about how to apply these techniques to all aspects of life including personal which made the talk resonate a lot more!
ALEXANDRA GOLDINA, SR. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE ANALYST, PERKSPOT
Mary Ellen is fun to work with and keeps those around her engaged in the process. She is a leader in her field, up-to-date on best practices and brought that knowledge to our staff. We were left feeling better equipped to do our job more efficiently and with a positive attitude. Our team dynamic improved dramatically, turn over greatly decreased and people liked coming to work.
CATHERINE ARANAS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, NEUMANN FAMILY SERVICES/ ENVISION UNLIMITED
Mary Ellen and the Open Delta Group was instrumental in the launch of our new mental health satellite center. She was a dynamic and consistent presence for our agency during that time of transition and growth. She demonstrated leadership that was both empathetic and empowering for our staff. She clearly articulated the goals and delivered reports on time. She embodies a strong work ethic and enthusiastic demeanor.
JEAN XOUBI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ENVISION UNLIMITED
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GIVING TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS CUSTOM TRAININGS, PROFESSIONAL COACHING, AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO FIND CLARITY THROUGH CHANGE
Executive Coaching, Transition Coaching, Concise Coaching, and Team Coaching. At the Open Delta Group, we are more concerned with who you want to be rather than what you want to be. We leverage a combination of neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and behavioral tools to help our clients achieve clarity. We offer Executive Coaching, Transition Coaching, Concise Coaching, and Team Coaching.
In our Culture and Leadership practice, we inform vision, strategy, processes, and actions around culture and leadership through organizational development and change management. We conduct research and assessments to identify the best paths forward for each of our clients. Our offerings focus on the intersection between employee experience and organizational goals.
CULTURE + LEADERSHIP
TRAINING + SPEAKING
We thrive in the training and speaking field. Our approach is to take simple, and at times mundane, topics and infuse them with real-life examples, a lot of humor, with a solid foundation of data. We know how adults learn and stay engaged and keep that at the center of our curriculum. We specialize in four areas addressing: Core Competencies, Human First Leadership, Work Smarter, and Live Better.
Bringing in The Open Delta Group for a training/speaking session is appropriate for:
Lunch and learns
Conferences and Retreats