As Founder of ELLEVATE, a boutique communication agency, it is my honor to co-partner with people driven to create positive change at work, home and community.
How? By providing proven programs developing people's diverse strengths,
communication style and leadership presence.
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, 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, Full Circle Fund, Teall Investments and Linked-In.
I am a Certified Coach and Associate Professor, MBA Design Strategy California College of the Arts, San Francisco teaching my popular communication course “Live Exchange: Generative Communication".
It has been my pleasure to provide interactive presentations on communication & creative thinking at Harvard, IDEO, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, AIGA, DOD Education Activity, Visual Media Alliance and Blackboard.
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.
The teams I consult to benefit from "The Yaven 360" - a respectful protocol for giving and receiving honest feedback to build and repair trust advancing mission.
While I confess I don't play a musical instrument (though music is pretty much the background of my life) yet have been told I am gifted at coaching music bands on optimizing performance by directing their strengths. One musician wrote "Like a swift wind blowing dead leaves from a garden, Elle connects members of a team in a way that leads to new creations and richer relationships".
What you won't find out from my credentials is that I have a practice as a painter and have made peace with any guilt about how often I am in studio.
I have had a meditation practice for 25 years and live in the San Francisco Bay Area where its perfectly okay to call yourself "A Design Thinking Catalyst".