PARTNER PROFILE:EVAN ISHIDA -- a teacher and activist by design
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 Corporation’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.
Evan’s prowess at instructional design and his love of teaching may have been hardwired from birth, as his father was an AP Calculus teacher for 40 years in Lancaster, Ohio. Evan majored in IT at Ohio University and later earned an MBA in Marketing. He worked for Nationwide Insurance for 2½ years as a senior performance improvement analyst before working for Eaton. Evan’s teaching extends beyond his work world with his mentoring of an eighth grade student at E-Prep through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.
Since moving to Cleveland, Evan has thrown himself into young professional circles, serving as a board member of Cleveland ConneXion, and a founder and co-chair of Engage! Cleveland. Most recently he became a board member of Global Cleveland, an organization which attracts and retains talent in the region. He’s inspired to find ways to actively involve younger folks in the Cleveland community and to work on linking business, government and nonprofits to accelerate progress. In order to promote the boomerang effect of drawing young Clevelanders back to the city, Evan believes we need to work on shaping their perceptions of the city even before college. Evan certainly has the vision, the expertise and the energy to make this happen.
In his spare time, Evan plays tennis, volleyball and golf. He loves vinyl records and singing at the top of his voice to the car radio. Although Evan claims that he cannot finish a book and that there is chaos behind his organized façade, he is clearly a master at pulling everything, and everyone, together. From what we’ve seen at SVP thus far, the shoe certainly fits.