Elissa is passionate about helping teams and individuals reach and exceed their goals. With a background in academia, she is an experienced teacher and researcher, adept at understanding and breaking down complex problems. Elissa loves taking the time to understand an organization’s or team’s core challenges – and developing custom solutions to help them become more high-performing. Her best days are when she gets to lead energizing team workshops and conversations that change the way people work for the better.
During her time at MacPhie, Elissa has designed and taught a leadership and team development program for the marketing and communications team at a large cannabis company, helped the leadership team of a pharmaceutical company to understand and overcome an “us vs. them” dynamic, and assisted an energy company in building pride and boosting morale among their employees.
Prior to joining MacPhie, Elissa worked at Rogers where she conducted research as part of a cross-functional product innovation team. In addition, she has experience working as a part-time professor at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, where she taught writing and literature courses. She also works as a freelance journalist and has written for publications such as Maclean’s, Fast Company, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and University Affairs. As a result of her diverse experience, Elissa brings a fresh and innovative approach to helping organizations grow and improve.
Elissa completed her PhD in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, her MA in English at Dalhousie University, and her BA honours in English at McGill University. Her education has been crucial in honing her analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.
Outside of work, Elissa loves to read, take long walks, cook and spend time with her husband and two young children.
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