Elise Smith Mitchell

Book shares life lessons


Photographs by David Gottschalk

“Elise is pure energy. I want to bottle it up and sell it. My first encounter was at Wal-Mart, and I was her client. I was amazed by her energy and passion for her clients and her agency. It was contagious and so sincere. Every time she would leave the building, we would say,‘I want some of what she is having!’ You couple that energy and passion with her drive for excellence, and you have a winning combination.” — Sarah Clark, president, Mitchell Communications about Elise Smith Mitchell

Elise Mitchell is a striking blonde, tall and willowy, and five minutes into a conversation with her, it's obvious that the poised PR executive and founder and CEO of Mitchell Communications would be as adept at designing, organizing and marketing a fashion show as she would be walking the runway.

Self Portrait

Full name : Elise Patricia Smith Mitchell

Date and place of birth: October 15, 1961, Evanston, Illinois

Family: Husband: Raye, Children: Mackenzie, Jackson

My greatest fear is losing my self-respect

When no one is looking, I still do the right thing

One word to sum me up: Resilient

I’m at my best when I am surrounded by people I love

I know I’ve helped someone when they have achieved their goals

If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s never give up

I wish I knew more about the rest of my journey

My most humbling experience was learning how to give all the good stuff away (delegating to and empowering those you lead so they can lead without you)

A really good piece of advice I received was be the most enthusiastic person you know

Take anything, but don’t take my laptop

My greatest strength is my faith in God

I’m most comfortable with people who aren’t negative

My pet peeve is wasted talent

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