Linda (Elle) Yaven


At E L L E V A T E, a boutique coach consultancy, we provide talent development programs & coaching
rooted in design. We emphasize self mastery in communication.

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 course on communication based in creative drive. I am honored to serve as "Sage" for DMBA’s Women in Leadership.

As Faculty, Zoo Labs Music Residency, Oakland I guide individual & teams of musicians on talent development
& group dynamics for outstanding performance & also presented at Berklee School of Music, Boston.

I've spoken and led programs 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 & for 25 years, a meditation practice.