adj. One whom facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Elsa Powel Strong

Elsa Powel Strong

Vice President, Solution Strategy


Elsa is a Senior Consultant for Ariel. She develops business leaders and organizations that inspire, motivate, and engage their people. As a Senior Consultant, she supports organizations and individuals to develop the influence and communication skills they need to drive better performance. Leveraging her experience directing Ariel’s team of designers and subject matter experts and managing Ariel’s product portfolio, she now specializes in consulting with clients to design solutions and serves as a thought leader and partner to all parts of Ariel’s business.

When not designing, teaching, and learning, Elsa enjoys singing and hosting family gatherings with her husband Eric and children Kirsten, Putnam, and Sumner.

Training Experience

Elsa has designed and delivered programs to a diverse set of clients. A small sample includes: American Express, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Bain Capital, Capital One Services Inc., BASF, Cox Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Duke Corporate Education

Business Experience

Prior to her work with Ariel, Elsa served as a consultant and advisor in Afghanistan and Bosnia on USAID funded development projects. In Afghanistan, Elsa designed and co-lead the “Afghanistan Energy Sector Strategic Capacity Building Summit,” with the objective of educating sector leaders on strategic planning and management, building trust across the sector, opening the lines of communication, and encouraging collective ownership of the Energy Sector Capacity Building Strategy. In this role she also designed and delivered leadership programs in several government and private Afghan institutions. In Bosnia, she designed and delivered trainings to Bosnian energy sector regulators promoting high-performance teamwork.

Theater Experience

Passionate about music, Elsa has been performing opera and cabaret for more than twenty years. Her career includes performances in Carmen and Madame Butterfly with Opera Providence. She is former member of the board of directors of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists and currently performs in the Washington D.C. area.

Education and Credentials

Elsa holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A. in Organizational Management from George Washington University. She was also a contributor to the Langer Mindfulness Institute which was founded by Dr. Ellen Langer of Harvard University.