LINDA (ELLE) YAVEN 

Elle is Founder, Ellevate. She is a Certified Coach providing an original strengths and communication methodology rooted in design thinking and her studio practice as a painter.

She is Associate Professor & Founding Faculty, MBA Design Strategy California College of the Arts, San Francisco teaching her original communication course “Live Exchange”.

Elle's clients include people at Apple, Pixar Animation Studios, Google, The World Bank, General Assembly, Fuse Project,  Steelcase,  Capgemini, Gannett, Pearson, Chrysler, Fjord, Samsung, Tomorrow Partners, Intuit, Workday, AutoDesk, Iron Creative Communication, Zoo Labs,
Blackboard, The Nature Conservancy, Gensler, Light Sail Energy, Strong Brew, Rootid,
Tipping Point Community, Swisscom, Oru Kayak and Linked-In.

She coaches music bands on strengths based strategies to optimize their performance.

Elle has presented at IDEO, The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, AIGA, DOD Education Activity, Visual Media Alliance, IRISE, The Creative Problem Solving Institute, Blackboard & Harvard.

She has served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute at Harvard and consulted on ”Meaningful Studio Critique” for the Education Branch of the Department of Defense.

Elle has had a meditation practice for 25 years and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where it’s perfectly okay to call yourself a Design Thinking Catalyst.

Rapid Knowledge Transfer
”Teach Us Something in 7 Minutes”
MBA Design Strategy student videos, California College of Art