Linda (Elle) Yaven

I'm CEO & Founder E L L E V A T E, a boutique coach agency rooted in design thinking. We provide team talent, leadership & communication programs. And I coach a private roster of experienced & emergent leaders.

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 Fan Supply, DBOPartners & Teall Capital.   

As Associate Professor MBA Design Strategy, California College of the Arts, I teach my original methodology on Generative Communication. Am honored to serve as "Sage" for DMBA’s Women in Leadership Project.

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

Am honored to have led trainings at African & African American Studies, Stanford University, IDEO, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum & Blackboard. I’ve served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute at Harvard & consulted to the Education Branch of the Department of Defense on "Meaningful Critique".

What you won't find out from my credentials is I have a studio practice as a painter & have meditated for quite awhile now. In the movie Star Wars, the rebel base is on the 4th moon of the planet Yaven. I had the opportunity to share this with Director George Lucas, who smiled and said he thought he made the name up.