NASPL 2019 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, September 18

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Elise Mitchell

Elise Mitchell is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, executive coach and business consultant. She is founder and chairman of Mitchell, an award-winning strategic communications firm. Under her leadership, the agency grew more than 500% in five years, was twice named Agency of the Year (PRWeek and The Holmes Report) and became one of the top 10 fastest-growing firms globally. Notable clients include: Walmart Stores Inc., Procter & Gamble, Marriott Hotels and Kraft Foods.


At the end of 2012, Elise sold her firm and led its successful integration with Dentsu Aegis Network. She served in a global role as the CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network. Today she also advises clients through her own leadership and business consultancy,


Elise has received numerous awards for her success in business including: Entrepreneur of the Year (NAFE), Agency Professional of the Year (PRWeek), a Top 50 Power Player in Public Relations (PRWeek) and a Top Speaker to See (Huffington Post).


Elise is a globally recognized leadership expert. She is the author of a best-selling book on leadership called “Leading Through the Turn” (McGraw Hill 2017) and a popular leadership blog. She is the founder and facilitator of a high-performance leadership experience called “Leading at the Next Level.” Her writings have appeared in Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Mashable. She has spoken across the U.S. and in 11 countries, and currently serves as president of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, the global voice of public relations agencies.


Elise is a graduate of executive education at Harvard Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and as a Results-Trained Coach™ by the NeuroLeadership Institute. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society’s College of Fellows.


When she’s not working with clients, you can find Elise motorcycling with her husband, running or planning their next trip off the beaten path.

New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. This power list of authors touted to be “the industry’s most sought-after word nerds” is based on stats like Mezrich’s multiple movie deals in production such as Woolly, his newest non-fiction book about the resurrection of the woolly mammoth from frozen DNA, Seven Wonders, Once Upon a Time in Russia, and The 37th Parallel. 

With a writing career spanning 19 years, Mezrich has authored nineteen books, with a combined printing of over 4 million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages and was adapted into the #1 Box Office movie 21. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network and was #1 at the box office, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including Best Adapted Screenplay. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. Mezrich is the only non-fiction author to have two number one box office movie adaptations which has earned him the title of Sexiest Author on People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive List.

Thursday, September 19

10 – 11 a.m.

Ben Mezrich

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124 W. Capitol - Suite 1400

Little Rock, AR 72201


Tel: 501-683-2000


7470 Auburn Rd. LL1

​​Concord, OH 44077

Tel: 440-361-7962