SPEAKER BIO EliseMitchell

  • Name:Elise Mitchell

    Company:Mitchell Comms.

    Job Title:CEO


    Elise Mitchell is one of the nation’s top strategic communications and public relations professionals. Her

    entrepreneurial spirit and passion have helped her build a successful business, Mitchell Communications Group, which is the 2012 Holmes Report Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 PRWeek Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company, and one of the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America.

    Elise was also named the 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneur by the National Association for Female Executives. Her company’s portfolio of clients includes a “who’s who” of iconic global brands including: Walmart, Sam’s Club, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Southwestern Energy and others.

    Over the past 15 years, Elise has expanded the company’s capabilities and established a team of communications experts across the country serving clients in the retail, food, travel and tourism, energy and transportation sectors. Under her leadership, the company has grown exponentially – more than 400% in the past four years – to become a Top 50 national PR firm.

    Prior to founding Mitchell Communications, Elise worked on both the agency and corporate sides of the business including positions as: the top public relations executive for Promus Hotel Corporation; a vice president at Sossaman, Bateman, McCuddy; and assistant director of public relations at Walker & Associates.

    Elise is a frequent writer and guest speaker on topics such as: the expanding impact of strategic communications on the bottom line, leadership in complex times, igniting workplace culture, and the entrepreneurial experience. She also relentlessly dedicates time and energy to her profession and to mentoring young talent. She was recently selected as a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus by her alma mater, Abilene Christian University, which also named the school’s student-run PR and advertising agency, Morris & Mitchell, after Elise and a former university president.

    She and her husband, Raye, live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with their two teenagers. In her free time, Elise enjoys running, gourmet cooking and riding a motorcycle.