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 This reflects Elise Mitchell`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Tennessee, USA

  • Elise Mitchell`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Elise Mitchell`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Tennessee, USA

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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 ...

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
  • Putting the science behind the brain to work in your daily leadership
  • Enjoying the ride to find greater work/life balance
  • Becoming a destination leader with a journey mindset
  • A bonus text-to-download e-guide “Journey Mindset” is offered from the stage.

 

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Leading Through Change: Navigating Uncertainty in a High Velocity World

This presentation is ideal for audiences facing significant change in their business or industry. I share practical leadership strategies for driving change, stories from my own experiences leading through change, and neuroscience-based ...

This presentation is ideal for audiences facing significant change in their business or industry. I share practical leadership strategies for driving change, stories from my own experiences leading through change, and neuroscience-based principles for gaining buy-in and support from others

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
  • A bonus text-to-download e-guide “The Change Leader” is offered from the stage.

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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...

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:

  • Overcoming “imposter syndrome”
  • Demonstrating greater gravitas 
  • Earning trust as a leader 
  • Showing empathy 
  • Leveraging the power of listening 
  • Understanding practical neuroscience principles to improve authentic connection with others
  • Using values to make decision-making easier
  • Leading with a growth mindset
  • A bonus text-to-download e-guide “The It Factor” is offered from the stage.

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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...

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’s happening now
  • What’s on the way
  • What is needed to prepare.

This presentation focused on specific techniques leaders can use for improving their strategic thinking skills.  Highlights include:

  • Five key questions to ask when approaching challenging situations
  • Practical adaptive leadership concepts including “get on the balcony”
  • Creative ways to broaden your perspective
  • Developing an innovator’s mindset
  • Sense-making: So what, and now what (moving from ideation to execution)
  • A bonus text-to-download e-guide “Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills” featuring 30 questions to jumpstart your own strategic thinking session is offered from the stage.

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About Keynote 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

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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