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Meet Elaine

"I've been told I have a 'good sense of direction.' I don't believe that is the case. I'm just open to learning a new route with every wrong turn." 

 

 

For years, everyone said to me, “Elaine, narrow your focus! People need to know specifically what you are good at.” And for years, comments like that would send me on a crazed goose chase after someone else’s definition of success while completely disregarding my own. Today, I am the happiest I’ve ever been, right here, knowing and finally accepting that I am good at many things. And it doesn’t matter if I am sitting across from an emerging designer who wants to launch a new clothing line, a mid-sized marketing firm that has hit their profit ceiling and needs to pivot, or a multi-billion dollar global enterprise that needs to reach out and touch a diverse market, it all comes back to one thing—a vision.

So the many things that I am really good at—taking an incredible, inconceivable idea from nothing to something, building a brand from the ground up and watching it fly, and igniting people with the fire of possibility and rallying them around a purpose is exactly what I need to do and where I need to be. #specificnotspecific

The truth, my truth, is that I love tinkering and unboxing things—technology, ideas, and brands. I love the exhilaration that comes with trying something new. I love charged, creative environments and new challenges. I love helping people, like you, to express, create, or build something that matters. Let me show you where your opportunities for growth are, where to take your business next, and where the pulse of your true passion is. Because that’s what makes me feel alive. So we should talk.

BIOGRAPHY

Elaine Ayensu Mensah is a Strategist, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Founder of BRAND MEETS CREATIVE, an Ideas + Innovations Hub focused on preserving craftsmanship, promoting innovation & idea sharing, and providing access to resources for creative entrepreneurs.

She has 15+ years of a unique blend of communications, branding, technology, and entrepreneurial experience. She is a former senior level Management Consultant with top firms including Deloitte LLC, BearingPoint, and Unisys. She also worked as Outreach Coordinator at the U.S. Small Business Administration and started her career with stints at Cynthia Rowley, NBC Dateline, and National Geographic.

Elaine is also the former Regional Director of Fashion Group International Greater Washington DC Region. Leaving none of her passions and gifts unexplored, she is the writer, director, and producer of fashion documentary The Politics of Fashion: DC UNBOXED, creator and author of #TheFashionSource: The Ultimate Guide to Fashion in DC, and an adjunct professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business, teaching Fashion and Luxury Goods. She was recently named to Capitol File Magazine’s Spring 2017 “The List,“ nominated in 2016 as a marketing and advertising finalist for DC Inno’s “50 on Fire,” and, from 20112015, was named one of “DC’s Most Influential Under 40” by Washington Life Magazine’s “Young & The Guest List.“ Elaine has also been featured in various media outlets including Washington Post’s Fashion Washington, Washington City Paper, DC Modern Luxury Magazine, Fox 5 DC, WUSA9 Great Day Washington, and WJLA’s Good Morning Washington.

Elaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Society from American University and a Masters in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. She lives in the suburbs of Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @ElaineMensah.
 

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