"We cannot start over, but we can begin now and make a new ending." – Zig Ziglar

Inspiring Action  |  Achieving Results


I am an executive life coach. Throughout my life, I have followed my commitment to excellence. Building on my own professional and personal experience, my coaching approach has evolved from executive coaching to coaching executives in living their full lives. My clients include CEOs and C-suite executives from Inc. 500 companies, Crain’s Fast 50, Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces, and Crain’s Largest Privately Held Companies.

I created the YOU PIVOT™ Program as a process that guides my clients through career and life transitions. Understanding that careers, like software, require updates to keep them fresh, this immersive program catalyzes leaders to embrace change, tap into their greatness, and explore a better version of themselves. Whether you are exiting your business, making a career change that requires a new tomorrow story, or making an executive pivot to a role that requires a new version of you, the YOU PIVOT™ program provides the framework for the transition.

I have walked in the shoes of the leaders I serve. My experience as a Fortune 500 company executive at Northern Trust, a Vistage Master Chair leading a CEO peer advisory board for fifteen years, coupled with my successful pivot from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, has shaped my unique perspective. The result is a flexible coaching style that enables me to deliver superior results to achievement-driven CEOs, business owners, and C-Suite executives. I hold an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Kellogg GSM, Northwestern University; Chartered Financial Analyst, Level I; and a BS from Florida International University. I am a founding instructor and executive life coach with the University of Chicago’s Leadership & Society Initiative, advisor to the founder of Firehouse Community Arts Center and a member of the Advisory Board for the Independence Equity I, LP Venture Fund.

Every Sunday, I publish stories about transitions, including sharing the life lessons from the storytellers I interview. You can read and subscribe to these Sunday Stories here.



Are you ready to create your tomorrow story and cut your time to action to six months or less? If your answer is yes, there is no better time than now to contact me.

Elisa K. Spain, Executive Life Coach & Creator, You PivotTM program