LINDA (ELLE) YAVEN 

If someone told me 15 years ago I'd be guiding business teams & music bands (well maybe the musicians: I'm a creative by nature & training) on their Talent & Communication Profiles it would have knocked my socks off. Fast forward, I am Founder, ELLEVATE providing an original suite of services for positive culture change in teams of individuals.

The result? People catalyze a vision & experience collaborative well-being advancing their enterprise. Our ethos: the behavioral application of insight.

As an experienced Executive Coach it is my privilege to roll up my sleeves, link arms and work with clients at Apple, Pixar Animation Studios, Google, The World Bank, General Assembly, FuseProject, 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, Riddle & Bloom, Full Circle Fund, Linked-in, Dye-Hard Fans, DBO Partners & Teall Capitol.

I coach music bands on bringing out their superpowers as performers, design thinkers & entrepreneurs.

As an Associate Professor in the pioneering MBA in Design Strategy California College of the Arts, I originated a popular approach to communication integrating aesthetics in my course “Live Exchange” & am honored to serve as "Sage"
for the MBA's innovative "Women in Leadership" project.

I've presented on communication, creativity & strengths at Stanford University, IDEO, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, AIGA, Visual Media Alliance, Blackboard & Harvard.

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

What you won't find out from my credentials is I have a painting studio in West Oakland and am a meditation practitioner of 25 years now.