The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter.


Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC experts are skilled with the art of hosting conversations.

The art of hosting

Are you asking yourself?

  • How can I create an authentic involvement that leads to wise and sustainable implementation?
  • Where can I find ideas for innovative and create ways to engage others?
  • How can I create full ownership of learning and action with the people I work with?
  • ​How can I develop confidence in working with the chaos and fear I experience in groups?

The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. Progress in preventing and recovering from the nation's worst health and social problems is likely to benefit from understanding that many of these problems arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences. ​The ACE Score attributes one point for each category of exposure to child abuse and/or neglect.  Add up the points for a Score of 0 to 10.  The higher the score, the greater the exposure, and therefore the greater the risk of negative consequences.


Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC are skilled with a teachable moments about Trauma.

The experiences young children receive in the first three years of life are crucial to brain development. As your child receives loving care and stimulation, neural connections are formed between his brain cells.

These connections form the wiring system of the brain. Your child's early experiences largely determine the strength and function of her brain's wiring system.

Warm responsive parents, who cuddle and talk to their children and provide challenging learning experiences, promote healthy brain development for their children.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.

More than 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) members undergoing a comprehensive physical examination chose to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction.

To date, more than 50 scientific articles have been published and more than 100 conference and workshop presentations have been made.

If you find any of these questions relevant, then the Art of Hosting and Conversations That Matter™ is for you!

The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter™ is a response to a world that is becoming increasingly complex and fragmented, where true solutions and innovations lie not in one leader or one viewpoint, but in the bigger picture of our collective intelligence.

The Art of Hosting is a response at a time when institutions and democracies are failing to address the increasing chaos in our world. It is a testing ground for those seeking to find new, effective and healthy patterns for organizing, innovating and interacting, to create new forms that serve us better. The Art of Hosting is a practice ground for all who aspire to bring out the best in others. It is based on the assumption and experience that human beings have an enormous untapped wealth and resilience. Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC training, will let you share in and explore methods, experiences and insights around how to create authentic conversations in organizations that enable people to make the changes they want to see and create sustainable solutions.  ​You will explore how to build and nurture communities and learning organizations, what kind of leadership is required today, and what we can and will do about it. 

You will explore answers to:

  • How do we bring ourselves and our work into the generative space between chaos and control?
  • How do we host spaces in which collective wisdom is revealed?
  • How do we recognize and sustain the fractal nature of change?
  • How do we enter into collaborations with open-heartedness?
  • Employee survey development and implementation
  • Agency specific assessment development for becoming trauma informed.
  • Strategic planning
  • Nonprofit Board training
  • Team Building
  • Trauma specific training on neurobiology, epigenetics, the impact of adverse childhood experiences and resilience
  • Professional coaching in personal and professional settings

Come to the training and enhance your own practice of inviting, designing, opening and holding inspired and meaningful spaces in your work, communities and in your life. The challenges of these times call for collective intelligence. We must co-create the solutions we seek.