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About The Strategist
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so Explore, Dream, Discover." 
- Mark Twain



 


My strategic insight is an application of where I’ve been and a keen understanding of where you need to go.

My breadth of experiences working alongside corporations, small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and other global power players has given me insight into what makes a brand tick.

As a serial business-builder, I know, first-hand, what the rocky road to entrepreneurship feels like and the bumps along the way that can derail you and keep you stuck.


Strategy is a formula: Vision + Action.


My job is to give you both—the 20,000 ft. vantage point of your ideas, your skills, your wins, and the turns to take towards what the market needs from you and the roadmap to get there. As a strategist, I can help you in two distinct ways.



BRAINSTORM TO BRAND


Meet me in my virtual classroom to learn exactly what it takes to finally start a successful creative business. I walk you through a step-by-step process to vet your ideas, shape your brand vision and develop a sustainable strategy to build a business doing what you love.

    1:1 CONSULTING


    Taking your creative company to the next level requires a distinctive mix of corporate insight, creative innovation, strategic branding expertise and plenty of hard-won entrepreneurial grit. Let’s talk— one creative thinker to another. 


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      WORKING WITH CORPORATE ENTITIES, SMALL BUSINESSES,
      NON-PROFITS & CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS


      I have worked and collaborated with companies & organizations large and small across a breadth of industries to elevate their presence and position in the market

      with my laser insight and expertise in strategic branding and business road mapping.

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      WORKING WITH GLOBAL LUXURY BRANDS


      In 2016 I joined the Adjunct Faculty staff of American University’s Kogod School of Business as the founding professor of the Fashion & Luxury Goods program, an experiential travel course that took students to a major fashion capital in Europe to explore the business side of the industry. To be successful, I strategically facilitated and developed relationships with major fashion brands in Paris & London.  Today I run Brand Meets Creative: Abroad, a 5 Day Immersive Study Experience for Creatives & Startups in Fashion & Luxury. 

      • "I have been lucky to work closely with Elaine Mensah on two study abroad courses focused on “The Business of Fashion”.  One course traveled to Paris during Fashion week, another traveled to London for about 10 days.  Her ability to design a syllabus, organize and run a class is impressive, but even more impressive was her willingness to go the extra mile to put together a series of fantastic business visits in country for our students.  For most of our programs, we hire an outside Educational Travel Company to help us set up visits, but for the Business of Fashion Programs, we knew that Elaine’s expertise and extensive network would give us more access to designers, Fashion PR firms and other companies than any of our vendors could.  We quite simply could not have done it without her."
        Jolie M. Roetter - Director of Global Learning Programs, American University's Kogod School of Business
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      From One Creative To Another

      A Practical Guide To Navigating Entrepreneurship

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      This guide is a compilation of lessons learned in business, entrepreneurship, and life from five (5) amazingly talented female entrepreneurs to get your business / idea started or keep you motivated on your entrepreneurial journey.

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      A Practical Guide To Navigating Entrepreneurship

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