Elise Mitchell is an accomplished strategic communications professional and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in both the agency and corporate settings. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion have helped her build a successful business, Mitchell Communications Group, which is the 2012 Holmes Report Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 PRWeek Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company, and one of the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America. She was also named the 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneur by the National Association for Female Executives. Her company’s portfolio of clients includes a “who’s who” of iconic global brands including: Walmart, Sam’s Club, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Southwestern Energy and others.
Over the past 15 years, Mitchell has expanded the company’s capabilities and established a team of communications experts across the country serving clients in the retail, food, travel and tourism, energy and transportation sectors. Under her leadership, the company has grown exponentially — more than 400 percent in the past four years — to become a Top 50 national PR firm.
Prior to founding Mitchell Communications, Mitchell worked on both the agency and corporate sides of the business, including positions as: the top public relations executive for Promus Hotel Corporation; a vice president at Sossaman, Bateman, McCuddy; and assistant director of public relations at Walker & Associates.
Mitchell is a frequent writer and guest speaker on topics such as: the expanding impact of strategic communications on the bottom line, leadership in complex times, igniting workplace culture, and the entrepreneurial experience. She also relentlessly dedicates time and energy to her profession and to mentoring young talent. She was recently selected as a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus by her alma mater, Abilene Christian University, which also named the school’s student-run PR and advertising agency, Morris & Mitchell, after Mitchell and a former university president.
She and her husband, Raye, live in Fayetteville, Ark., with their two teenagers. In her free time, she enjoys running, gourmet cooking and riding a motorcycle.