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Elise Lelon
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.

Entries by Elise Lelon

The Baby Saving Revolution: Obama and Beyonce Embrace Founder, Jane Chen (You Will Too)

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:22 PM

For our next installment of AWE's Inspirational Female Leaders Showcase Series, we have chosen Jane Chen, Founder of Embrace, a nonprofit with the mission of advancing maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world's most vulnerable populations. AWE, The...

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Handprint of a Leader: Red Robin's Remarkable Denny Post

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:53 PM

For installment #2 of AWE's Inspirational Female Leaders Showcase Series, we have chosen Denny Post, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, at Red Robin. AWE, The Association of Women Entrepreneurs & Executives, features a woman each month whose leadership has proven transformational for her colleagues, clients,...

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Furnishings of Female Leadership: Ali Pincus, One Kings Lane

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:49 AM

This post represents the first installment of AWE's Inspirational Female Leaders Showcase Series. Founded by Elise Lelon, AWE, The Association of Women Entrepreneurs & Executives, will be featuring a woman each month whose leadership has proven transformational for her colleagues, clients, company and/or community. Thanks to those of...

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Why Size Matters: Big Gravy Boats, Small Gestures & Leading With Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:45 AM

Research shows that gratitude is good for business. Customers who receive follow up "thank you" notes or calls from stores and service providers are significantly more likely to purchase again from those grateful establishments. Data demonstrates that gratitude positively impacts our physical and mental health too. Most major religions --...

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The Fraud of Authentic Leadership

(22) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 8:24 AM

Leaders who describe themselves as "authentic" are like sentences that start with, "To be honest" or "The truth be told." More often than not, they're warning signs of lies to come. Whenever big cheeses proclaim "authentic leadership" as their effective guiding principle, chances are they're not so authentic, and they...

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The Career Epidemic: You Don't Have to Choose Between Your Job and Your Health

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2011 | 4:30 PM

Two years ago, shortly before she came to see me about some career challenges, Elizabeth, a physically-fit, happily married, mother of two, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. A high-achieving executive with an impressive 20-year track record in finance, Elizabeth has held a variety of senior positions including, at one...

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