Transformational Leadership Coach

Inspiring Action | Achieving Results

ELISA SPAIN is a leadership coach, writer, and the architect of a highly successful career as an executive peer group facilitator. She is the leader of two Chicago-based Vistage groups, whose members include INC 5000 and Crain’s Fast Fifty winners, Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces, and Crain’s Largest Privately Held. Elisa’s commitment to excellence is accurately reflected in her leadership agenda, “Inspiring Excellence, One Person at a Time,” a mission that has earned her the designation of Vistage Master Chair. She is also the recipient of the organization’s Star Award, which ranks her in the top 2% of Vistage chairs worldwide.

Throughout her life, Elisa has followed her passion for innovation. She began studying business at an early age, a pursuit that led to a Kellogg MBA, a foray into a corporate leadership role at Northern Trust, and the establishment of her own leadership coaching company. Her dual experience as both executive and entrepreneur has given rise to a unique perspective, one that adds value, dimension, and sustainability to her work with business leaders. She continues on an innovative path, finding new ways to leverage her communication and teambuilding skills, and growing high-caliber Vistage groups that achieve transformational results.

Differentiated by her leadership agenda, selection criteria, and the accomplishments of her group members, Elisa is a difference-maker for those she coaches. Her motivational approach has been described as “Carefrontational,” a harmonic blend of emotional intelligence and unwavering accountability that enables her to isolate best-fit candidates and maximize their outcomes in the group setting. Through her involvement on corporate advisory boards, and with a leadership book in the works, Elisa is opening new avenues of value creation for her CEOs and executives. She challenges them to embrace their excellence, play to their strengths, and let go of what they are not good at.