Honoring Ellen Shub

In Memoriam

On December 18th, 2019, we lost our cherished colleague and friend, Ellen Shub, who passed away after a very sudden and rapid illness. Ellen was with the Institute of Coaching for 8 years, during which time she was a beloved member of the team, a warm and wise presence, and contributor to a variety of activities.

Ellen most actively worked with the research and grants program at the Institute, and highly valued coaching research and its potential to contribute to human and social flourishing. She generously supported scholars, graduate students and collaborators in their grant sponsored studies. Ellen received many expressions of gratitude and appreciation for her professionalism, dedication and warmth.

Ellen was a brilliant photojournalist who spent her life documenting events, people and protests in the peace and social justice movements. She regularly photographed the annual conference on Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare. Many of you who have attended probably remember her impressive energy and enthusiasm for capturing the unique moments and the humanity of the conference. You probably have precious photos, which Ellen took, as memories of the event and the friendships created.

A "Celebration of Ellen's Life and Work" will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Old South Church, Boston.

Ellen will be remembered for her gentle, kind spirit and absolute dedication to making the world a more just, and safe place. In honor of Ellen’s contributions to social activism, the art of photography, and to the field of coaching, the Institute is establishing the Coaching for Social Good Award in the name of Ellen Shub to be presented for outstanding contributions to coaching which furthers social and climate justice, equity and peace.

Contributions in Ellen's memory may be made to Our Children's Trust, which helps youth secure the constitutional right to a safe climate: OurChildrensTrust.org

Donations to Ellen's GoFundMe account will help support a memorial event in her honor. It may also help in establishing a permanent archive of her work, which was one of her last requests: Ellen's GoFundMe