Step away from your desk and get energized, engaged, and ready to take action!
Looking for a speaker to engage, motivate, and offer practical solutions for lawyers and law firms?
Elise offers inspiration, tips, and actionable insights—all delivered by somebody who has been there.

A Lawyer Talking to Lawyers
About the Topics That Matter

As a former practicing lawyer and experienced professional coach, Elise tailors her workshops to each organization’s needs, providing real-world guidance grounded in more than twelve years of advising and coaching lawyers and law firm leaders.

Because Elise is a lawyer and works exclusively with law firms and legal organizations, there’s no “corporate-speak”—she knows your audience’s world and speaks their language.

Commonly requested topics include:

  • Building Business Relationships in Times of Crisis and Beyond
  • How to Become a Visible Expert (So You’re Not a “Best Kept Secret”)
  • Imperfect, Impactful Leadership™
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There—How to Land and Succeed in Your Next Role
  • Time Management and Delegation for the Overscheduled Lawyer
  • Lawyers Making Rain™


Looking for something else? Contact us to find out how we can meet your firm’s needs.

“Elise, thank you so much for your excellent presentations at the ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum in Chicago! Your keynote and breakout session really resonated with our attendees and we heard such positive feedback from those who participated. We can’t thank you enough for sharing your energy, your knowledge and your personal experiences to make your presentations so powerful and impactful.”

Jennifer Fanz,
Chair, ELFA Women’s Council

“Elise Holtzman recently delivered an outstanding presentation on Business Development to our ELA lawyers and marketing professionals. Her transparency and directness, particularly around the unique strengths and challenges of women in business development, were impressive.

I found Elise’s approach to be transparent and direct. She eloquently conveyed the importance of ascending within the firm, achieving financial rewards, and establishing independence and respect. She did not shy away from the harsh realities of the industry but rather offered pragmatic strategies to thrive in it.

Even as a gender-aware professional, I walked away with insightful nuggets of information that exceeded my expectations.”

Stephen Hirschfeld,
Founder/CEO, Employment Law Alliance

Thank you so very much for leading the event tonight!  It was truly awesome!  I can’t begin to tell you how much we all needed that and how reassuring it was to connect with others, including you, who have experienced/are experiencing the same issue of overcoming perfectionism.  The slides were great and your presentation was so relatable and impactful.  Really appreciate you taking the time to share your story, inspire others and provide solutions for living a big, bold life both personally and professionally.  I would LOVE to stay in touch with you!

Meg Littlewood,
Account Executive, Flex Professionals

WBENC Certified Woman-Owned Small Business

“Our firm lacked a suitable business development (BD) department, and our legal professionals didn’t receive any BD training, either at law school or through Bar Association continuous training. Internally, we failed to provide such training as well. At our firm, BD was often ad hoc and depended on individual contacts and commercial talent. I met Elise during the ELA Global Annual Conference in Vienna and was so impressed with her session that I proposed a full program at my firm.

The primary objective of the program was to provide BD tools and knowledge to our legal professionals, and I’m happy to say it met our expectations. Elise’s presentation aligned perfectly with our initial expectations, and we were satisfied with the results.

The presentation on BD pillars was excellent.”

Nuno Gouveia,
Partner, Miranda Alliance

Our previous engagements include:

ABA Women Rainmakers
Berdon LLP Managing Partners Roundtable
Berkeley Research Group
Cardozo Law School
Chaffetz Lindsay
Columbia Law School
Cozen O’Connor
Ford Harrison
Fried Frank
Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC
Groom Law Group
Morgan Lewis

Moritt Hock & Hamroff
NJ State Bar Association
NJ Women Lawyers Association
Norton Rose Fulbright
NY State Bar Association
Provident Bank
Rutgers Law School
Schlam Stone & Dolan
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
The Legal Marketing Association
The Managing Partner Summit™
Union Internationale des Avocats


Elise has shared her experience in leadership, coaching, and business growth as a guest on several legal and leadership podcasts:


  • The Women’s Advocate
  • On the Record PR
  • The Legal Mastermind
  • Changemakers
  • Advocate Capital’s “The How David Beats Goliath Podcast”
  • The Path Distilled
  • Lead Like a Woman
  • Spill the Ink
  • eCommerce Profits

Are You Ready To Thrive & Grow?