Linda (Elle) Yaven

I'm CEO, E L L E V A T E, a boutique coach agency rooted in design thinking.
Our wheelhouse: providing customized ways for diverse talent to bring out their best.

It is my privilege to roll up my sleeves and work with clients at IDEO, Apple,
Pixar Animation Studios, Stanford University, 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, Singularity University
& Teall Capital.   

Am Associate Professor, MBA Design Strategy, California College of the Arts teaching productive communication in teamwork. Am Faculty, Zoo Labs Music Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Oakland guiding musicians on group dynamics in business.

I've presented at Stanford University, African and African American Studies, IDEO, Google, Teall Capital, The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum & Berklee School of Music, Boston. I’ve served as Advisor/Documenter for The Making Learning Visible Institute
at Harvard & consulted to the Education Branch of the Department of Defense.

How did I come to coaching communication? I've spent thousands of hours alone in my painting studio. That and a long time practice as a meditator has been beautiful preparation for being in the trenches of design thinking alongside others.