Meet Elise

Three-time Founder. 
Executive Coach. Leadership Strategist. 

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 like you achieve more. 

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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 PRovoke. Clients include Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Marriott, Mondelez and other well-known brands. 

Lorem IpsumUnder her leadership, the agency grew more than 500% in five years.  In 2013, 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 in public relations and collaborating with colleagues in nine countries to leverage growth opportunities and position the collective internationally.

Today she 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 Coachâ„¢  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

In addition to her coaching and consulting work,  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. 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 also a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs. She serves as an advisor and investment partner with New Road Capital Partners and Valor Ventures, and is an investor in the global impact fund, Endeavor Catalyst. 

She serves as the founding board chair for the non-profit Endeavor Northwest Arkansas, which provides financial, intellectual and cultural capital to help accelerate fast-growing entrepreneurial companies. She also serves as a mentor for Female Foundry, which provides access to tools, training, connections and resources to female entrepreneurs worldwide.

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

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  • Entrepreneur of the Year, National Association for Female Executives
  • Top Speaker to See HuffPost
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies
  • Agency Professional of the Year PR Week
  • Agency of the Year PR Week and PRovoke
  • 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 PRovoke global rankings
  • Diversity Champion of the Year PR Week and PR Council