Elise Russell finds time to connect with her creative peers through her journey as a creative entrepreneur. She's spoken at CAMP Festival and Creative Mornings in Calgary, FITC in Toronto and High-Five in Raleigh, NC. Elise likes to mix it up and add new relevant stories to each presentation so you'll never hear the same talk twice.
She’s a quick-witted creative director and writer known for her twisted sense of humour, attention to detail and sass. Her work has been recognized by many of the world’s top advertising award shows, including the most coveted three: Cannes, D&AD and The One Show.
Often called candid, blunt and ballsy, Elise is a woman of action who prefers a cut-to-the-chase approach. She has no patience for unnecessary meetings or people that talk in circles, so she told traditional agency life to take a hike and launched Pony Friday: a motivational lifestyle brand. Elise currently devotes her energy, enthusiasm and leadership to Pony Friday by collaborating with likeminded creatives to produce inspirational talks and fun merchandise designed for those who dare to behave boldly.
Her audience will learn the five keys to behaving boldly:
Elise Russell is about sticking her neck out to win. In 2012, she quit her job as an award-winning advertising creative to be an entrepreneur. It wasn’t a soft transition; she didn’t have a plan. She simply wanted to have more fun and work when she felt inspired, not force her own creative hand in the conventional nine-to-five machine. Elise’s only safety net is her ability to produce under pressure. She believes in trusting her creative intuition, growing ideas like wildflowers and allowing things to evolve. She sets time aside to let her subconscious percolate and hands struggles over to her inner muse to resolve and spice up.
Elise will share how she protects her creative path above all else and share the gains of jumping in with both feet. There are advantages to going out on your own—without a backup plan. Learn why she believes that few things are more sacred than being true to your inner creative and having the courage to chase down your dreams. You’ll be inspired to go for it.
Target Audience: Creatives & Entrepreneurs
Hang with Elise this March in Palm Springs for Alt Summit it’s a creative influencer conference where you can boost your business acumen between dipping your toes in the pool and catching some rays. Find Elise’s write up here, she’ll be bringing roundtable sessions called Behave Boldly: Get Unstuck And Chase Your Dreams.
Elise is heading back to High Five early March—located in Raleigh, North Carolina—the place where marketing and creativity intersect. This year Elise will be helping you become your own brand police with her new talk Your Brand is Your Currency. Read her High Five session write-up here.
Creative Mornings is a free event held monthly in different cities all over the world and Elise Russell took the November slot in Calgary and spoke to the creative freelance community on Death—her version was titled Kill Fear and addressed the things that hold us back creatively. Watch this inspiring talk here.
FITC organizes creative conferences all over the world and we fortunate to be representing at FITC Toronto in the Spring of 2017. Elise Russell received top ratings from attendees for her Behave Boldly talk spreading the word about why going your own way and straying off the usual course is needed to be fulfilled as a creative. View her FITC Toronto writeup here.
Watch the entire FITC Toronto talk:
High Five is a creative conference in Raleigh, North Carolina featuring speakers, workshops and breakout sessions. Early Spring 2017, Elise Russell brought her signature Behave Boldly talk and shared more about Pony Friday and how the secret to getting anywhere in the creative landscape is to be bold. Read her High Five writeup here.
CAMP Festival is Calgary's very own creative conference and it's fitting that our local shop would be there to represent. In the Fall of 2016 Pony Friday founder, Elise Russell, was at CAMP talking to her peers about the importance of getting outside your comfort zone and spreading your creative wings. Her message and signature talk: Behave Boldly! View her CAMP Festival writeup here.