The work Evan Ishida loves is designing solutions and experiences that help people, teams, and organizations learn, collaborate, create, and innovate together. His expertise lies in building thriving cultures by facilitating and coaching his clients to craft new approaches to learning, growing collaboration, applying agile principles to planning, and applying the latest technologies to keep everything connected. Evan does this work with corporations, mid-sized companies, healthcare systems, nonprofits, and academic institutions as a Partner and Co-Founder of a creative partnership called Thrive at Work.
As a proud Ohio University Bobcat, his career began as an internal consultant, and team leader in large global Fortune 200 corporations where he focused on learning and development, instructional design, communities of practice, and learning technologies. In 2010 he helped to co‐found Engage! Cleveland, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect young people to organizations, issues, and institutions in Greater Cleveland. In 2013, he left the corporate world to fuse his professional and civic passions by pursuing entrepreneurial efforts in consulting and technology.
His passion for civic engagement, innovation and collaboration led him to Social Venture Partners in 2012. Initially he served on the Education and Investment teams to help engage SVP partners in the core work of the organization. He is currently serving as Lead Partner with Home Repair Resource Center, one of SVPs Investees, and was elected to serve as vice-president on the SVP board.
Evan wakes up every day excited to work with the most talented people in the world, and have a ton of fun along the way. When not “on the clock,” he plays in the Cleveland Metroparks, enjoys a Tremont happy hour, or connects with his community of local music lovers to see live shows. As they say, Cleveland Rocks!
“I truly believe 2021 will be a year of making connections and helping others like never before. There was hope and a renewed sense of purpose that was born from such a tumultuous 2020,” SVP Partner Holly Mueller shares. Holly and fellow Partners—Cyndy Dunn, Stephen Hayden, and Evan Ishida—are looking at 2021 with passion for the opportunities ahead! Read More »
Being an SVP Partner has helped me clarify the approach that I want to take to philanthropy and to helping our community. It’s reinforced a hypothesis that I had for myself: I want to impact community through community. Meaning, I don’t want to go it alone. I don’t want to be an isolated donor. Read More »
Surprisingly, the skills Evan learned at 16 as a shoe salesman have served him well ever since. He quickly discovered the importance of active listening in order to identify his customers’ real needs so that he could talk them out of flashy high tops for more sensible running shoes. As the Manager of Performance and Learning Consulting for Eaton’s Eaton University, Evan uses active listening to assess training needs, to stimulate innovative solutions by the consultants and designers who work for him, and ultimately to develop learning solutions that will benefit the entire company. Read More »