Elissa helps leaders and organizations reach their full potential. Her collaborative, question based methods drive sustainable change and increased performance. Through coaching, she works with clients to help them to understand themselves better, and collaboratively tailor action plans and develop skillsets to help clients reach their goals. Executives and leaders transitioning to new roles or new organizations, and high potential leaders who want to break into the executive ranks are her sweet spot.
Coaching is a collaborative effort based on trust. A coaching engagement should help clients discover new awareness and deeper understanding of themselves, so that they are able to grow and make different choices. Elissa believes that clients have everything they need in themselves, and a coach who asks the right questions will help those answers rise up.
Video conversations via Zoom break down geographic barriers, and Elissa works with clients across the United States.
What Coaching is:
- An opportunity to gain a deeper awareness, so you can become the most effective version of yourself
- A collaborative partnership, based on mutual respect
- Access to an impartial sounding board
What Coaching is not:
- A quick fix
- One size fits all
Areas of Focus May Include:
- Career advancement
- Building your personal brand
- Increasing awareness and skills
- Personal/professional balance
- Role transition within an organization
- Role transition to a new organization
Stephanie Queen, AVP Enterprise Marketing, Nationwide
“Elissa’s ability to help me uncover the roots of my concerns, identify the drivers of my behavior and recognize the implications that behavior had was valuable beyond measure. But what was truly game-changing was the connection between those things and actionable strategies that help me direct my energy in a more intentional way to achieve my goals. I have no doubt my work with Elissa will have positive and lasting changes on the trajectory of my career and quite honestly my health and well-being.
Not only is Elissa a very talented coach, she’s a fantastic human and it shows in her compassion and commitment to the people she coaches. While she consistently removed judgement from our conversations, she didn’t remove empathy and that made me feel like she not only understood me but was also invested in my success. I wish I could have worked with her a decade ago, but I’m still thrilled to have gotten the opportunity so early in my executive journey so I can reap the benefits.”
Lindsay Stanton, Head of an Executive Customer Experience Center, Google
“Elissa is an exceptional coach. She has strong intuition, asks thoughtful questions, and positions topics I raise differently, so that I might see them from a distance or another angle, and in turn gain more clarity around them. She cares deeply yet challenges directly, bringing out the truth underneath the topic at hand, and enabling us to work on it together. She has helped me to let go of mindsets and practices that no longer serve me, and take on new ones that do. I am deeply grateful for our work together, and cannot recommend her enough.”
Clayton Davenport, Director of Development & Marketing, one∙n∙ten
“I strongly endorse Elissa Kelly as mentor and coach. I have been a professional leader for more than half my life and this was the first time I worked with a coach. I am so pleased that I was offered the opportunity to work with Elissa. I was hesitant in the beginning, but Elissa created a welcoming and safe environment that made it comfortable for me to be honest and at times vulnerable. This helped us explore the root causes leading to anxiety I was feeling around my work-life balance, burnout, workplace conflict and unhealthy boundaries. I truly appreciate our time together, and I want to thank you, Elissa, for taking this journey with me. I learned a lot. I talked a lot. I thought a lot. I am walking away with a renewed approach, additional tools, and a new perspective.”
Rama Prasad, Founder/CEO Teqnizan Inc.
“Elissa has a gift of caring deeply about people and helping them achieve what they strive to achieve. She made me feel comfortable and discussed topics that were important to me. Elissa kept track of the challenges I had and how I was making progress with those challenges. Her way of asking questions to steer towards positive solutions is very appreciated.”
client profile examples
Director, Development (Non-Profit)
High potential leader navigating a new autonomous role, desiring to be a more impactful community leader
Client built new habits to support resilience, collaboration, and planning their time to focus on high value opportunities
AVP, Innovation (Financial Services)
Executive transitioning to a new role
Client created new habits to set appropriate expectations of self, keep imposter syndrome at bay, and build confidence and the ability to trust themselves
AVP, Sales (Insurance)
Leader desiring to move up to the next level, and create a clear leadership style
Client was promoted during the coaching engagement, and developed a clear sense of their style of leadership, in addition to creating new habits to manage perfectionism