the inner genius of teams & their diverse individuals

You are already a design thinker:
each time you live into a challenge,
bring a vision to life or add to an idea by saying "Yes. And..."
Our ethos: ask what is right about people as you advance mission.
Work your magic advancing people, profit and planet. 

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The Journey

Direct creative drive. 


   Advance what matters.







What Clients Say

"Elle led our Problem Solver & Management Teams in her strengths program and provided her 360 Method for Respectful Feedback; it has made a real difference. 

Elle is expert at swiftly getting who people are, and provides highly individualized ways for each person to bring out their best in a team context. She gave each team real life ways to focus on their mission-in-common rather than get mired in interpersonal snafus. She is vital to our effort.”

Renuka Kher
Chief Operating Officer + Director T Lab, Tipping Point Community

“Elle is uniquely gifted at digesting complex inputs and cutting through the clutter to reveal simple, actionable steps that prove to be truly transformative.

Elle's highly individualized method swiftly draws out people’s potential to quickly capitalize upon the team's unique strengths and gain greater understanding of each individual team member. 

It’s an understatement to say that it is a great good fortune to work with Linda Yaven.”

Matt Cooke
CEO/Owner Iron Creative Communication , San Francisco

“Elle has the ability to strip down the excess and look directly at what matters. She enables our musicians to become the optimal version of themselves. Her “SuperPowers Workshop” leaves people optimistic, transformed and empowered to continue on their path. It is a cornerstone of our program.”

Vinitha Watson
CEO & Founder of Zoo Labs

“Working with Elle was one of the smartest decisions I ever made. She gave me the tools, insight and confidence to pursue a fully engaged and intentional life. Elle crafted a plan to shed past frustrations and define a vision for my purpose-driven future. Most importantly, she ensured my learning would never end by providing a framework for mindful self-reflection. I wholeheartedly recommend Elle.”

James Lane
Innovation Design Manager, AAA

“Elle was a gift to myself. Like many people, I was driven to reach the next level in my career only to find, despite my experience and ability managing large digital teams, I felt like it wasn’t enough. Elle’s insightful coaching facilitated my development and achievements; I am more satisfied, less stressed, and overall happier. This personal confidence shines through to others.”

Mary Sue Dahill
Software Product Management

“Your work proved to be as transformative as a colleague said it would be. Thank you; your methodology awakened in me a meta-cognitive voice that watches over my words, deeds and presence.”

Ashley Wells
VP Experience Design, Oji Life Labs

“Recently I gave a speech at a Grammy party of 500 people - and was simply myself. The group quieted as I spoke and I received positive feedback. Elle's structured system of goals/routines/patterns is a fantastic paradox of clear distilling points opening tremendous freedom - giving me ways to quickly focus on what I care about and jettison the rest. I experience more poise and power than I ever imagined. I highly recommend you.”

Michael Romanowski
Owner, Michael Romanowski Mastering
President, SF Chapter National Recording Arts & Sciences

“Elle has a gift. It's like she is a reiki master for life -- and career. She’s shown me the pressure points holding me back and how to transform so they're moving me forward. Through her coaching, I’ve come away reset. The same person, but different.”

Sarah Harakumi Thorpe
Video Storytelling, Collaborator

“Even high achievers with self-confidence lose sight of this from time to time. For 10 years I was “successful” as an executive without appreciating how my strengths were caged. Through Elle’s uncomplicated, smart strategies I have clear distinctions and an energetic lens to advance. It’s wonderful to experience more “energetic flow” – with people, ideas and implementation. Thank you!

Beatrice Brack
Director of Human Resources, Swisscom

“As the group discussed each topic I realized it was more deeply thoughtful, wise and creative than I thought possible - as an ideator I appreciated learning something new each session. Your style — open, yet holding us to ground rules kept us engaged. Thank you for your prescient wisdom; this has been a precious time to grow.”

Shannon Sharper
Project Manager, Google

"Elle's workshop for our staff was the best professional development training we have had in six years".

Jeannine Szamreta
Dean of Students, California College of the Arts