Elaine Ayensu Mensah is a multi-passionate brand advisor, global connector and entrepreneur who has made her mark on a broad spectrum of industries including professional services, strategic management consulting, and fashion & luxury. A sought-after consultant, she has worked with brands, large and small, to elevate their presence and position in the market. A big picture thinker, her expertise is in business development, branding, strategic partnerships and growth opportunities that give modern brands global reach.
After a successful corporate career with notable business and government leaders such as Deloitte Consulting, BearingPoint, Unisys, and U.S. Small Business Administration, she set out build the life and businesses of her dreams, embarking on her own personal pursuit of happiness, determined to find the fulfillment she longed for. Her ever-evolving journey which pivoted from management consulting to the fashion industry – where she started her career at Cynthia Rowley and then moved up the ranks at Fashion Fights Poverty and Fashion Group International™ respectively – is one defined by her unwillingness to sacrifice her definition of success, a life and a legacy that is anchored in authenticity and passion.
Over the course of a few short years, Elaine has built her own business development + branding agency, Brand Meets Creative, from the foundation up, all while following her creative curiosity wherever it leads her. The result has been chapters that a must-read memoir is made of.
From independently producing her own groundbreaking documentary The Politics of Fashion and publishing a first-of-its kind business directory #TheFashionSource, to pioneering an experiential learning program titled Fashion & Luxury Goods for American University’s Kogod School of Business to becoming the creative and businesses development visionary behind the major moves of several successful small businesses and being featured across mediums including Black Enterprise, Washingtonian, Modern Luxury, and Capitol File Magazines, Washington Post, Great Day Washington, Fox 5 DC and more, Elaine has experienced it all and has dedicated her career to sharing the lessons she has learned and contributing to the growth of others.
When she is not envisioning and creating the next level for her clients, she is collaborating with other visionaries, executing her passion projects, and speaking at summits, conferences, and events on brand building, entrepreneurship, and women in business.
A wife and a mother of two young children, she is unapologetically not balancing it all, yet still giving it her all and is determined to hold fast to her dreams in the process.
Follow her on social @elainemensah and @brandmeetscreative.