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Elaine Beattie: Service Leadership

Elaine Beattie

Motivational speaker, business coach and trainer, Elaine Beattie has served more than 75 nonprofits, ministry and for-profit organizations. Elaine is passionate about developing and supporting her clients to be effective, efficient and profitable in their organizations.  Her approach is based on the power of clear communication and strong, healthy relationships resulting in strategically aligned bold actions.

Elaine spent over 25 years in executive-level positions in Fortune 500 hospitality companies; in Hotel Operations, Human Resources, and more recently in Higher Education. Beattie has managed and led daily operations in companies with budgets exceeding $8 million dollars with hundreds of employees from many diverse backgrounds.  She also directed many start-up teams in various arenas; providing coaching and mentoring throughout the various phases of growth and development for these businesses; many times through the most difficult times in the life cycle of the business. Once a radio host for Asheville’s WZNN, Entrepreneurs Edge Talk Show! Elaine is a third generation entrepreneur, gaining essential practical leadership skills at an early age while working with her father and mother in their business ventures. Elaine is now an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville where she teaches leadership and organizational behavior.

She is known for making her clients own their full leadership capabilities. Passionate about leadership health and development, she is a masterful facilitator, team builder, and problem solver. Her communication style is direct, encouraging and engaging and audiences are left wanting more. Whether Beattie is unearthing issues or providing actionable solutions, organizational empowerment is at the core of her approach to serving clients. The result is optimum support structures, clarity and focus.

Elaine was fabulous – we all loved her and her presentation.  I have already quoted her multiple times – she is so right on – “Diversity is being invited to the party; being invited to dance is inclusion.” – Linda L. Phelps, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools


*All presentations can be a 45 minutes keynote or 1 to 3-hour workshop presentation

Dancing Your Way Into Leadership!

This presentation, designed for audiences of all ages, utilizes 10 lessons inspired from the dance floor to teach people how to lead effectively. This talk focuses on diversity, inclusion, and leadership development while stilling holding the attention of any audience member. You can expect to walk away from this keynote with improved team building skills and increased collaboration and empowerment.

Are You Leading Courageously or Carefully?

The answer is both! But the real question is when is the time to be courageous and when is it time to be careful? Elaine relies on more than fourteen years of leadership coaching experience and thirty years in corporate leadership to empower supervisors, middle management and executives to be more effective leaders. With a focus on small business development, this speech helps business leaders work through critical moments in the business lifecycle.

What Do You Do With Recovering Leaders?

Leaders fear, leaders fail, leaders fall, how do you recover and move forward? This keynote speech is applicable to a wide range of audiences because the truth is, at some point, we’ll all stumble. When the inevitable stumble occurs, Elaine outlines the steps to recovering, restructuring, and rebuilding your team. Through this keynote, business leaders learn how to retain talent and increase employee engagement while overcoming a leadership set-back.

Leaders Who Surrender Win

What must we let go of to win and succeed? Elaine explores this, and other tough questions, in this leadership development keynote. Audience are sure to leave with an improved ability to set clear priorities, improve time management, and increase efficiency.

Ladies Locker-Room Talk: Launching Into Leadership

With 30 plus years in corporate leadership, Elaine explains the five career-killing mistakes you must avoid. This presentation is a must hear for female undergraduates and young professionals looking to launch a career in business. It will also empower your female employees to overcome any hurdle.

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Elaine is a graduate of Simmons College, a prestigious women’s college noted for producing some of the most influential businesswomen in America. At Simmons she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later earned a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Montreat College. Beattie has earned the distinction of becoming a Registered Corporate Coach through the World Association of Business Coaches.

Born and raised in New York City, she has lived in Asheville, NC since 2003. Elaine Robinson Beattie serves on the Board of Directors of several community, religious, and professional organizations. She is dedicated to empowering leaders by providing comprehensive personalized support services through coaching and group facilitation.  Elaine is married to Dr. Charles M. Beattie II, minister, blues musician and entrepreneur. They live in Fletcher, NC with their beloved dog, Miss Ella Fitzgerald Robinson Beattie.