LINDA (ELLE) YAVEN 

ELLEVATE, the company I founded, provides a proven, game changing talent development methodology rooted in the maker's instinct.

The result? Clients' flourish developing their diverse strengths, communication effectiveness and leadership presence.

As an experienced Executive Coach & Design Thinking Catalyst it is my privilege to roll up my sleeves, link arms and work with clients at Apple, Pixar Animation Studios, Google, The World Bank, General Assembly, Fuse Project,  Steelcase,  Capgemini, Gannett, Pearson, Chrysler, Fjord, Samsung, Tomorrow Partners, Intuit, Workday, AutoDesk, Iron Creative Communication, Zoo Labs, Blackboard, The Nature Conservancy, Gensler, Light Sail Energy, Strong Brew, Rootid, Tipping Point Community, Swisscom, Oru Kayak, Riddle & Bloom, Full Circle Fund,  Teall Capitol and Linked-In.

While I confess I don't play a musical instrument I am honored to also coach music bands on their superpowers as performers & entrepreneurs.

I am Associate Professor in the pioneering MBA in Design Strategy California College of the Arts, teaching the communication course I originated “Live Exchange” & serve as "Sage" for the MBA's innovative "Women in Leadership" project.

As a public speaker I've presented on design thinking and authentic voice at Harvard, IDEO,
The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, AIGA, Visual Media Alliance and Blackboard.

I have served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute at Harvard & consulted for the Education Branch of the Department of Defense on Meaningful Studio Critique.

What you won't find out from my credentials is I have a practice as a painter & meditator. I live in Northern California where it's perfectly okay to call yourself  "A Design Thinking Catalyst".

Rapid Knowledge Transfer
”Teach Us Something in 7 Minutes”
Design Strategy MBA Student Videos, California College of Art