Elise Lelon

Career Strategist, Entrepreneur & Professor

Founder of leadership consulting firm, The You Business™, Elise Lelon advises C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals during times of critical transition in their careers and companies. Among her clients are Morgan Stanley, Cisco, The International Securities Exchange, Intuit and Sotheby’s International, and she has been a guest speaker at institutions like Harvard Business School and Columbia University. In addition to her corporate and individual consulting work, several years ago, Elise launched AWE, (The Association of Women Entrepreneurs & Executives), an organization committed to inspiring and supporting greatness in the businesses, leadership and lives of women. AWE now has chapters in Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Prior to founding The You Business™ and AWE, Elise served as Managing Director at Bernstein Investment Research and Management in New York City. She began her finance career as a sell-side equity research salesperson at Sanford C. Bernstein, advising large institutional clients in the U.K. and continental Europe. Previously, Elise worked in a variety of capacities at General Electric and NBC, where she was trained as a Black Belt in Six Sigma. Before entering the business world, she conducted both clinical and research work with patients suffering from severe psychopathology at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals. Elise earned her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

She is currently writing a book on entrepreneurial wisdom, and will be teaching a graduate course at New York University in the spring of 2012 on the business and psychology of entrepreneurship.