Linda (Elle) Yaven

I'm CEO & Founder, E L L E V A T E, a boutique coach agency offering individual and team coaching & professional development.

It is my privilege to roll up my sleeves & work with clients at Apple, IDEO, Pixar Animation Studios, Stanford University, Google, The World Bank, FuseProject, Gannett, Samsung, Tomorrow Partners, Intuit, Workday, AutoDesk, Iron Creative Communication, The Nature Conservancy, Gensler, Strong Brew, Rootid, Tipping Point Community, Swisscom, Oru Kayak, Riddle& Bloom, Full Circle Fund, Linked-in, Dye-Hard Fan Supply, DBOPartners, Singularity University & Teall Capital.   

As Associate Professor, MBA Design Strategy, California College of the Arts, I teach generative communication. I am Faculty, Zoo Labs Music Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Oakland guiding musicians group dynamics in business.

I've led programs at Stanford University, African & African American Studies, IDEO, Google, Teall Capital, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum & Berklee School of Music, Boston. I’ve served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute at Harvard & consulted to the Education Branch of the Department of Defense.

What my credentials don't show is I have a long standing studio practice as a painter & for quite awhile have practiced meditation.

In Star Wars, the rebel base is on the 4th moon of the planet Yaven. I had the opportunity to share this with Director George Lucas, who smiled and said he thought he made it up.