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Elise Mitchell

Meet Elise

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Three-time CEO. Leadership Strategist.
Executive Coach. Author. Speaker.

Hello, I'm Elise Mitchell. Over the past two decades, I've coached, consulted and trained
leaders from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
My passion is helping high-performing leaders and their businesses achieve more. 
How can I help you?

Business Background

Elise's experience encompasses both entrepreneurial and corporate life. She is the founder of three companies -- two in leadership development, one in public relations. Most notably, she is 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. 

The firm has twice been named Agency of the Year by PR Week and The Holmes Report. Clients include Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Marriott, Mondelez and other well-known brands. 
Under her leadership, the agency grew more than 500% in five years. At the end of 2012, Elise sold her firm to Dentsu, Inc., the world's largest ad agency, based in Tokyo, Japan. She led the successful integration of her firm over a five-year period in a newly established global parent company, Dentsu Aegis Network.

Elise served as CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network, leading M&A efforts and collaborating with colleagues in nine countries to leverage growth opportunities and position the collective internationally.

Today she also advises clients through her own leadership and business consultancy.

Education and Accreditations

  • Harvard Business School, executive education
  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, executive education
  • The Aspen Institute
  • University of Memphis, M.A.
  • Abilene Christian University, B.A

She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and a Results-Trained Coach™  certified by the NeuroLeadership Institute. She is also a member of  the International Coaching Federation, accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society's prestigious College of Fellows.

Where You Can Find Her

When she's not working with clients, you can find Elise riding motorcycles with her husband. Or writing and speaking about what it takes to succeed in today's business environment. 

She is the author of a best-selling book on leadership "Leading Through the Turn" (McGraw Hill 2017) and a popular leadership blog. Elise is a frequent keynote speaker on leadership and the secret to savoring the journey of life. She is a regular contributor to and has a social reach of 18 million.

Elise is also a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs, teaches a master's level course on leadership for Syracuse University, and serves as president of ICCO, the global voice of public relations agencies.
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  • Entrepreneur of the Year, National Association for Female Executives
  • Top Speaker to See Huffington Post
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies
  • Agency Professional of the Year PR Week
  • Agency of the Year PR Week and The Holmes Report
  • Top 50 Power Player and Global Power Book PR Week
  • Hall of Fame, International Communications Consultancy Organization
  • 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America WPO/American Express OPEN
  • Top 10 Fastest Growing Firms The Holmes Report global rankings
  • Diversity Champion of the Year PR Week and PR Council


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