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Nashville Virtual Event | Understanding and Managing Triggers in the Boardroom
Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT
Category: Nashville

07:00 AM - 08:00 AM (Pacific)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM (Mountain)
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Central)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern) 


$00   Member Registration Fee
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Zoom link will be sent the day before the webinar


Navigating challenging times and topics are a normal part of the oversight process. For a board to operate at its best, personal differences and opinions must be carefully handled. You can increase your effectiveness in these types of situations by understanding and managing triggers in yourself and others. In this presentation, we’ll take a closer look at:

  • How your brain works and why we react so strongly to triggers;
  • The five most common social triggers – and which ones impact you the most;
  • Practical steps to manage your response to a trigger; and
  • How to avoid triggering others.

Thank you to our National Sponsors!



Elise Mitchell
Mitchell Communications Group

Elise Mitchell is an experienced CEO, board director and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience steering companies through complex business and leadership challenges. She leverages her digital marketing, public relations and high-growth expertise on both sides of the board room: coaching founders and C-suite leaders to help them navigate change and accelerate performance; working with VC/PE firms to assess investments and advise portfolio companies; and serving as a board director.

Elise is a three-time founder herself. Most notably, she founded Mitchell Communications Group, which was named a top 10 fastest-growing PR firm globally and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years working with global brands including Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels and Tyson Foods. In 2013, Elise successfully completed a strategic sale of the company to Tokyo-based Dentsu, Inc., taking on a global role to lead M&A for the company’s PR investments.

Recognition of her business accomplishments include: Entrepreneur of the Year (NAFE), Agency Professional of the Year (PRWeek), a Top 50 Power Player in Public Relations (PRWeek), a Top Speaker to See (Huff Post), and induction into the ICCO Hall of Fame. Her firm was twice named national Agency of the Year (PRovoke and PRWeek).

Elise is a globally recognized thought leader. She is the author of "Leading Through the Turn" (McGraw Hill), endorsed by John Maxwell. Her writings have appeared in Entrepreneur, Huff Post and Mashable. She has keynoted conferences around the world. She has served as board chair of the International Communications Consultancy Organization, which represents more than 3,500 PR firms in 66 countries.

Elise is an executive ed graduate of Harvard Business School, Dartmouth College and The Aspen Institute. She received an M.A. from the University of Memphis and a B.A. from Abilene Christian University, where she serves on the board of trustees. She is the founding board chair of Endeavor Northwest Arkansas. She is an adjunct professor for Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Elise is certified by NACD, the International Coaching Federation, the NeuroLeadership Institute, accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society’s College of Fellows.

Elise and her husband, Raye, live in Nashville. They are proud parents of two adult children. When she’s not working with clients, you can find Elise motorcycling with her husband, running the trails near their home or planning their next journey off the beaten path.



Teresa J.W. Bailey
Director of Development, Senior Wealth Strategist
Waddell & Associates


Teresa Bailey is a Wealth Strategist who actively orchestrates the financial affairs of executives, entrepreneurs and other driven individuals. At W&A, she is known for enriching her clients’ financial worlds and building the W&A name by coordinating brand development, planning client events and developing educational content.

Teresa is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® practitioner who was named one of Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. In 2018, she began splitting her time between W&A’s Memphis and Nashville offices.

Striving to stay involved with her community, Teresa regularly speaks about the importance of financial planning and connects industry professionals with one another. She formerly chaired the Greater Memphis Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and served on the Economic Club of Memphis Board of Directors.”. Teresa also chairs the programs committee for the Nashville chapter of The Private Directors Association, helping private companies within the community create and upgrade their boards while developing and promoting talented candidates.

Teresa graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in corporate finance and passionately advocates for women entering the field of financial planning.