Elsa Powel Strong

Elsa Powel Strong

Vice President, Solution Strategy


Elsa develops business leaders and organizations that inspire, motivate, and engage their people and clients. As a VP of Solution Strategy, she leads Ariel’s design and solution innovation and consults with clients to drive better performance through learning and culture change. As a keynote speaker, coach and author, she supports audiences to appreciate who they are, where they can go and how to get there.  She is grateful to work with organizations from a broad range of industries, sizes and time zones.

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

Training Experience

Elsa has designed and delivered programs to a diverse set of clients. Sample client list includes: Acumen Fund, American Express, Bain Capital, BASF, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Capital One Services Inc., Citi, Cox Communications, Darden School of Business, Duke Corporate Education, Exelon Corporation, Fidelity, Harvard Business School, Home Depot, HSBC, Ingersoll Rand, KPMG, Marriott, McDonald’s, Oliver Wyman, Praxair, Procter & Gamble, Raytheon, SC Johnson, Time Warner and WellPoint.

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 founding contributor to the Langer Mindfulness Institute which was founded by Dr. Ellen Langer of Harvard University.