The Conscious Entrepreneur Podcast: COME ALIVE. BE THE CHANGE. By Chelsea Bay Dennis: Coach, Strategist, Speaker, Designer, Conscious Entrepreneur TCE 021: Ellen Fred, The Tree Loving CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEUR The Conscious Entrepreneur is coaching and strategy for those looking to create or find meaningful work aligned with your values, strengths and what makes you come alive. Make your ideas happen, be successful, make a difference, from the inside out. This Podcast is all about personal, inside stories from Conscious Entrepreneurs… Why they do what they do, how did they get there, and how does it make them come alive? “I went to law school later in life after I had spent many years following my heart – traveling, volunteering on organic farms, saving ancient redwoods, and founding nonprofit organizations. When I finally decided to go back to school, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – land conservation law – and I sought out a law school that offered classes in that area. I was then hired by my law professor to work with him after school. When you follow your heart – rather than just a paycheck or something to pass the time –things seem to fall in place more easily. I think people who love what they do exude a certain confidence that helps open doors.” - ELLEN FRED – Elf and Conservation Partners, January 2015 Fulfillament speaker This talk was from January 2015 Fulfillament. in Traverse City, MI Fulfillament is a storytelling eventfeaturing local community leaders who share their journey towards fulfillment through vocation- thier inside story. Each storyteller issues a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their own lives. This event awards a $500 grant to an audience member with a good idea that needs some help to get it moving. I met Ellen a few years back when she was just starting Elf. I have found that everything she does is surrounded by trees- be it children play places or conservation law and redwoods- trees are at her core. The best part of her talk is where she starts weeping as she remembers how these beautiful ancient trees were going to be cut down, and then one minute later states ” I decided I had to do something about these trees…. so I started chaining myself to things…” Here is Ellen's story…..