SE Episode 096: Establishing Reciprocity in Your Workplace w/ Elise Mitchell

Elise Mitchell, Founder and Principal at, on the Something Extra Podcast

This 96th episode of Something Extra will leave you with an increase in your wealth of knowledge from the beauty of asking thought provoking questions to establishing reciprocity in your workplace and having a journey mindset as a leader.

Bio: Elise is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, executive coach and board director. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years.

At the end of 2012, Elise sold her firm to Tokyo-based Dentsu, Inc., taking on a global role to oversee M&A for the company’s public relations investments. Today she advises clients through her own consultancy,

Recognition of her business accomplishments include: Entrepreneur of the Year (NAFE), Agency Professional of the Year (PRWeek), a Top 50 Power Player in Public Relations (PRWeek), a Top Speaker to See (Huff Post), and a 2019 inductee into the ICCO Hall of Fame. Her firm was twice named national Agency of the Year (PRovoke and PRWeek).

Elise is a globally recognized thought leader. She is the author of a best-selling book on leadership and founder of two high-performance leadership development experiences. Her writings have appeared in Entrepreneur, Huff Post and Mashable. She has spoken across the U.S. and in 12 countries. Most recently she served as global president of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, which represents more than 3,500 public relations agencies in 66 countries.

Elise is a graduate of executive education from Harvard Business School, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and The Aspen Institute. She received a master’s degree from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, where she also serves as a member of the board of trustees. She is an adjunct professor for Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Elise is certified by the International Coaching Federation and the NeuroLeadership Institute, accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society’s College of Fellows.

Elise is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs. She serves as an advisor and investment partner with New Road Capital Partners and Valor Ventures, and is an investor in the global impact investment fund, Endeavor Catalyst. She also serves as the founding board chair for Endeavor Northwest Arkansas, which provides financial, intellectual and cultural capital to help accelerate fast-growing entrepreneurial companies.

Elise’s Something Extra: “Make the journey matter as much as the destination. Here’s the key: I learned how to be a destination leader with a journey mindset. I wanted to live a whole life. I didn’t want my company to be all that defined me. You attract people to you when you are a whole person.”

Links and Mentions:

– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Daniel Williams, Recording Engineer