FOUNDER & CEO
Elise Lelon founded AWE in 2009 to cure the loneliness that too many of her female C-Suite clients, colleagues and friends endured along their paths to "the top.
These women's voices coupled with Elise's own experience over the last 20 years as a manager, leader and entrepreneur, affirm her
commitment to creating a safe haven where women can come to share their wisdom, work through their challenges and celebrate their victories.
In addition to AWE, Elise is Founder of leadership consulting firm, The You Business®, where she advises C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and professionals during times of transition in their careers and companies.
Among Elise's clients are Brown Brothers Harriman, Morgan Stanley
, BlackRock, Cisco
, Organic, AMC
has been a guest speaker at institutions including Harvard Business School
, Columbia University
and AVT Business School
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, where she also managed a department of 30 clinicians and researchers.
is writing a book on personal and career applications of entrepreneurial best practices and also writes for The Huffington Post.
regularly appears on national television shows as a business commentator on topics including CEO compensation, unemployment, personal branding and career development.
Elise teaches a graduate course at New York University's Wagner School entitled, "The Business & Psychology of Social Entrepreneurship.
For the last seven years, she
has volunteered at The Bowery Mission, a 125-year-old homeless charity in New York City actively supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner, Ray Kelly, and his
At The Bowery Mission's Annual Gala in 2007, Elise was honored for her contributions as a volunteer to the mission along side John Hart, Vice Chairman of Emigrant Savings Bank.
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.