4 Things I’ve Learned from Ella Fitzgerald

Ivy HestSkills and Principles, Theory0 Comments

(About 3:30 minutes to Read, plus some awesome music) I’m a jazz singer.  Ok, maybe I just sing jazz.  I don’t know at what point I can actually reverse the order of the words.  But after years of singing other kinds of genres (and specializing mostly in all things 90’s pop), I’ve landed on Jazz, and I’m pretty happy about … Read More




Some of My Best Friends are Black Organizers!

Ivy HestReal Talk, Skills and Principles, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring5 Comments

(About 5.5 minutes to read) I missed the opportunity to go to Wisconsin a few years back, to organize protesters against crippling legislation that would disable unions; I also never had much time to participate in Occupy protests, which were flourishing in Boston.  I felt (and feel) like we are in a particular moment in history where society is getting … Read More




Earl’s Guide to Leadership Development, Part 2: Leadership in Staff

Ivy HestIndividual Sustainability, Real Talk, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring, Theory1 Comment

(About 4.5 minutes to read) This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Leadership Development.  Click here to actually get the background of what I’m talking about! Last night, I had one of those “this conversation is so interesting it feels embarrassing that it’s happening via g-chat” conversations.  It began as a discussion about job hunting (since I’ll be … Read More