Elise Mitchell

Leadership Speaker, Three-time CEO, Entrepreneur, Author of "Leading Through the Turn," Biker

Elise is a top leadership keynote speaker, three-time CEO, leadership strategist, business consultant, and executive coach. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years. 

 

  • Elise Mitchell`s Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Tennessee, USA

  • Elise Mitchell`s Keynote Speaker Fee Fee range is for U.S. events, depending on location and organization type

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Tennessee, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Leading Through the Turn

We all need a clear destination and a drive to get there. But that’s not enough. The most successful leaders have learned to make the journey matter. In this inspiring keynote address, I strive to help audiences understand what it means to be a leader who looks ...

We all need a clear destination and a drive to get there. But that’s not enough. The most successful
leaders have learned to make the journey matter. In this inspiring keynote address, I strive to help
audiences understand what it means to be a leader who looks and leads “through the turn.” I share
memorable stories from my book, Leading Through the Turn (McGraw Hill 2017), as well as practical
leadership strategies for:

– Navigating detours and thinking opportunistically
– Embracing uncertainty with confidence
– Gaining buy-in and support from others
– Practical neuroscience principles to improve your daily leadership
– Enjoying the ride to find greater work/life balance
– Becoming a destination leader with a journey mindset

Plus…
– Reflection questions throughout the presentation to help participants apply learnings to their own situation and post/share/discuss in the chat box
– Recommended resources (books, podcasts and more) for participants to go deeper after the presentation

Bonus
A free leadership resource will be offered at the end of the presentation: “Journey Mindset,” featuring a seven proven principles for a richer fuller life, plus an action plan.

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Leading Through Change: Navigating Uncertainty in a High Velocity World

Every organization in today’s fast-moving environment is experiencing change. While it’s not always welcome, change can offer opportunities for leaders to shine as they help their organizations navigate uncertainty. In this presentation, participants...

Every organization in today’s fast-moving environment is experiencing change. While it’s not always
welcome, change can offer opportunities for leaders to shine as they help their organizations navigate
uncertainty.

In this presentation, participants will learn practical strategies for leading change initiatives as well as insightful neuroscience-based principles for gaining buy-in and support from others every day.

Highlights:
– Why your team naturally resists change and what you can do to turn that around
– Four keys to unlocking the minds and hearts of your people so they are open to (and even excited about) change
– Practical ways you can inspire your team to adapt to new ways of thinking and behaving
– Eight-step process for navigating change
– Cognitive strategies for thinking clearly, managing emotions and gaining buy-in
– Five questions to help you create a change roadmap

Plus…
– Reflection questions throughout the presentation to help participants apply learnings to their own situation and post/share/discuss in the chat box
– Recommended resources (books, podcasts and more) for participants to go deeper after the presentation

Bonus
A free leadership resource will be offered at the end of the
presentation: “Leading Through Change Roadmap,” featuring a step-by-step process for planning your
own change initiative.

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The ‘It’ Factor: What Will Get Your Further Faster

Why do some leaders succeed while others don’t? The most successful leaders have figured out what it takes to put their careers on a long-term upward trajectory. They’ve also acquired something quite special – the “it” factor – a specific set of skills ...

Why do some leaders succeed while others don’t? The most successful leaders have figured out what it
takes to put their careers on a long-term upward trajectory. They’ve also acquired something quite special – the “it” factor – a specific set of skills you can learn over time to set yourself up for greater leadership success. These skills are game-changers, and they are often the hardest ones to master.

This presentation takes a closer look at the key components of the “it” factor, and what leaders can
do to improve their skills in these crucial areas. Highlights include:
– Enhancing your executive presence
– Becoming a more centered leader
– Leveraging the power of listening
– Practical neuroscience principles to improve authentic connection with others
– Values-based decision-making
– Courage vs confidence and how to lead more courageously
– Leading with a growth mindset

Plus…
– Reflection questions throughout the presentation to help participants apply learnings to their
own situation and post/share/discuss in the chat box
– Recommended resources (books, podcasts and more) for participants to go deeper after the
presentation

Bonus
Pre-reading is available, as desired, to seed participants’ thinking about the topic. A free leadership
resource will be offered at the end of the presentation: “The It Factor,” featuring a self-assessment and action plan.

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The Strategic Thinker’s Playbook: Turning Chaos Into Clarity

Strategic thinking is one of the most crucial skills a leader can have — and it is needed now more than ever. In the complexity of today’s business environment, leaders must rise above the swirl of day-to day activities and see broadly across the enterprise and the ...

Strategic thinking is one of the most crucial skills a leader can have — and it is needed now more than ever. In the complexity of today’s business environment, leaders must rise above the swirl of day-to day activities and see broadly across the enterprise and the marketplace to see clearly:
– What changes are coming
– What the impact on your business will be
– What you can do to prepare.

Key points covered in this presentation include:
– Four ways to improve your strategic thinking skills
– Practical innovation techniques to create a “culture of try”
– Fundamental neuroscience principles for business leaders
– Strategies for increasing focus and doing “deep work”
– Creative ways to broaden your perspective
– Case study: Strategic thinking in times of change
– Q-and-A

Plus…
– Reflection questions throughout the presentation to help participants apply learnings to their
own situation and post/share/discuss in the chat box
– Recommended resources (books, podcasts and more) for participants to go deeper after the
presentation

Bonus
A free leadership resource will be offered: “Improving Your Strategic Thinking Skills,” featuring 30
questions to jumpstart your own strategic thinking session.

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The Centered Leader

In this uncertain business environment, many leaders and their teams are struggling. They’re tired, suffering from burnout, and have lost their passion and purpose for work. This presentation will help participants learn how to become a more “centered leader...

In this uncertain business environment, many leaders and their teams are struggling. They’re tired,
suffering from burnout, and have lost their passion and purpose for work.

This presentation will help participants learn how to become a more “centered leader” – someone who
is grounded, has endurance, strong self-awareness, can inspire others, and knows how to move their
team forward despite headwinds. I’ll share practical strategies you can implement today that will help
you find the grit not to quit tomorrow.

Highlights include:
– Essentials of centered leadership
– Practical neuroscience principles for thinking and managing emotions
– Simple steps for combatting burn-out
– How centeredness impacts your inspiration factor
– Taming the mind and quieting your inner critic
– Practical strategies for shifting your mindset
– Mindfulness and improving your focus

Plus…
– Reflection questions throughout the presentation to help participants apply learnings to their
own situation and post/share/discuss in the chat box
– Recommended resources (books, podcasts and more) for participants to go deeper after the presentation

Bonus
A free leadership resource will be offered at the end of the presentation: “The Centered Leader,” featuring simple strategies for showing up as a more grounded and confident leader.

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About Keynote Speaker Elise Mitchell

Elise is a three-time CEO, executive coach, business consultant and board director. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, a top 10 fastest-growing public relations firm globally, and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years working with global brands including Walmart, P&G, Hilton, Tyson Foods and many others. 

In 2013, Elise sold her firm to Dentsu, Inc., taking on a global role to lead M&A for the company’s public relations investments. Today she advises clients through her own consultancy, Velocity Collective and elisemitchell.com.

Recognition of her business accomplishments include: Entrepreneur of the Year (NAFE), Agency Professional of the Year (PRWeek), a Top 50 Power Player in Public Relations (PRWeek), a Top Speaker to See (Huff Post), and a 2019 inductee into the International Communications Consultancy Organization Hall of Fame. Her firm was twice named national Agency of the Year (PRovoke and PRWeek).

Elise is a globally recognized thought leader. She is the author of a best-selling book on leadership and founder of two high-performance leadership development experiences. Her writings have appeared in Entrepreneur, Huff Post and Mashable. She has spoken across the U.S. and in 12 countries and is represented by Big Speak. Most recently she served as global president of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, based in London, which represents more than 3,500 public relations agencies in 66 countries.

Elise is a graduate of executive education from Harvard Business School, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and The Aspen Institute. She received a master’s degree from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, where she also serves as a member of the board of trustees. She is an adjunct professor for Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Elise is certified by the International Coaching Federation and the NeuroLeadership Institute, accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society’s College of Fellows.

Elise is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and their start-ups. She serves as an advisor and investment partner with New Road Capital Partners and Valor Ventures, and is an investor in the global entrepreneurial investment fund, Endeavor Catalyst. She serves on the board of advisors for biomass industry innovator Sweetwater Energy. She also serves as the founding board chair for Endeavor Northwest Arkansas, which provides financial, intellectual and cultural capital to help accelerate fast- growing entrepreneurial companies.

Elise and her husband, Raye, live in Nashville. They are proud parents of two children, Mackenzie and Jackson. When she’s not working with clients, you can find Elise motorcycling with her husband, running the trails near their home or planning their next trip off the beaten path.

Testimonials

Elise is a gifted speaker. Her style is engaging and inspiring, and her content is incredibly insightful. We brought Elise in to speak at our companywide leadership meeting, where she had a powerful impact on our team. She customized her message for us, incorporating our unique challenges and aspirations into her material. She helped us see what was possible and gave us the tools and resources to get the job done. Our team loved Elise and left feeling empowered and equipped to achieve more.

Todd J. Jacobs

Vice President, Black Hills Energy

Elise Mitchell has an amazing gift as a speaker. She connects with the audience early and she brings them on a leadership journey as their tour guide. I invited Elise to speak at a corporate leadership development event for the Walmart US Merchandising Team, and she had the audience completely engaged! Her life lessons resonate to a broad audience and her style of leadership is authentic and memorable. Perhaps most telling is that I can still remember her stories and how she made me feel as I was Leading Through the Turn on her journey! I would recommend Elise as a corporate event speaker who will leave your audience with introspection and application of how they are leading through their own journeys.

Celia Swanson

Executive Vice President, Walmart Stores, Inc.

If you’re looking for a high-energy, high-impact business speaker for your event, Elise is the one you want. We brought Elise in as a featured speaker at our national business leadership conference and we’re so glad we did. Her remarkable story as an entrepreneur who started a company from scratch, built it into an industry leader and sold it to a global organization is incredibly inspiring and really resonated with our attendees. Her engaging stories of the highs and lows she experienced and memorable lessons learned are ones every leader can benefit from hearing.

Monica Smiley

Publisher/CEO, Enterprising Women

Elise’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She conveys her tremendous insights and knowledge with a vitality that makes you hang on every word, every concept, every idea that she shares. I use her teachings now and will throughout my career.

Kelly Taft

Communication Director, Maricopa Association of Governments

Most leadership speakers teach you how to manage or engage people better — perhaps at a higher level that you could before. Elise does that and so much more. Her trainings are one-of-a-kind. She helps you dig deep to understand yourself better, so you can lead at your best. She also helps you discover your purpose and your most important goals for leadership. Elise’s training was incredibly impactful on my life and the legacy I want to leave behind.

Leslie Godwin

Director of Sales, Walmart

We brought Elise in as a keynote speaker for a statewide women’s business leadership conference. She was incredibly inspiring. She helped our attendees understand how to navigate their personal and professional journey to success. Elise is sincere and genuine. She shares practical leadership tips and tools and engages her audience by invoking an authenticity rarely seen in public speaking. Our organization also honored Elise with a statewide award. In her acceptance remarks, she gave — with no prompting — inspiring remarks that served to motivate the audience rather than focusing on her own achievements.

Anna Beth Gorman

Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

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