Linda (Elle) Yaven

I'm Founder at E L L E V A T E, a boutique coach consultancy rooted in design thinking. We provide professional coaching & an original take on talent development for experienced & emergent leaders. Our bias & premise: befriending your talent, dexterity & drive makes all the difference in collaboration, communication & leadership.

It is my privilege to roll up my sleeves & work with clients at Apple, Pixar Animation Studios, Google,
The World Bank, FuseProject, Gannett, Samsung, Tomorrow Partners, Intuit, Workday, AutoDesk, Iron Creative Communication, The Nature Conservancy, Gensler, Strong Brew, Rootid, Tipping Point Community, Swisscom, Oru Kayak, Riddle& Bloom, Full Circle Fund, Linked-in, Dye-Hard Fans, DBOPartners & Teall Capitol.   

As Associate Professor MBA Design Strategy, California College of the Arts, I teach an original approach to communication based in creative drive. I serve as "Sage" for DMBA’s Women in Leadership project.

As Faculty, Zoo Labs Music Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Oakland I guide musicians on talent development & group dynamics; I've presented at Berklee School of Music, Boston.

I've led programs for teams at African & African American Studies, Stanford University, IDEO, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Blackboard & Harvard. I’ve served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute at Harvard & consulted to the Education Branch of the Department of Defense.

What you won't find out from my credentials is I have a painting studio & am a long time meditator.