Keynote Speaker Elise Mitchell

Elise Mitchell

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

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $7,500 - $10,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    Tennessee, USA

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About Speaker Elise Mitchell…

Elise is a 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. 

At the end of 2012, Elise sold her firm to Dentsu, Inc., taking on a global role to oversee M&A for the company’s public relations investments. She also led a successful five-year integration of her firm into Dentsu’s growing global network. Today she advises clients through her own leadership and business consultancy, elisemitchell.com.

In addition to the Inc. 500/5000 recognitions, Elise has received numerous national awards including: 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 (Huffington Post), a 2019 inductee into the ICCO Hall of Fame, and her firm was twice named Agency of the Year (Holmes Report and PRWeek).

Elise is a globally recognized leadership expert. She is the author of a best-selling book on leadership called “Leading Through the Turn” (McGraw Hill 2017) and a popular leadership blog. She is the founder and facilitator of a high-performance leadership workshop. Her writings have appeared in Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Mashable. She has spoken across the U.S. and in 12 countries. Most recently she served as global president of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, which represents more than 3,500 public relations agencies in 66 countries.

Elise is a graduate of executive education on leadership and business at 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 credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and as a Results-Trained Coach™ by the NeuroLeadership Institute. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society’s prestigious College of Fellows.

Elise is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs. She serves as an advisor and investment partner with two renowned venture capital groups, New Road Capital Partners and Valor Ventures, and the global impact investment fund, Endeavor Catalyst. 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 in the heartland region.

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 6

  • 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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