You’re an expert in your field; a master of your craft. You feel passionate about your work and you have tasted success.
You have bold ideas and vision.
What you need is the support to create a plan and a strategy for achieving your vision. You want to feel calm and in control, instead of frantic and overwhelmed.
When you picture a “business consultant” what comes to mind? A stiff in a suit, droning on and on about numbers and spreadsheets? Using words like “incentivize” and singing you a sweet song about “quick wins”?
Yeah, that’s not us.
We take a human-centered approach to business.
Combining rock-solid experience with a rejection of “business as usual,” we want to know about your vision for your life as much as your financials. We offer forward-thinking, robust strategy with a numbers-savvy approach to growth to help ambitious owners reach their goals.
We specialize in working with leaders, like yourself, of businesses and organizations that are interested in more than just making a buck; we partner with clients to create a more interesting world and to inspire others to live the lives they want to lead.
Director + CEO
As the leader of Elysian Fields, Kate turns unruly ideas into inspiring successes.
A business is like a massive art project: you lead with a vision, and then you gotta get granular and execute. Kate is an expert in translating big, creative, passionate ideas into sustainable reality. By turns a farmer, artist, nomadic web developer, Delhi-based yoga teacher, and marketeer at the Walker Art Center, she now lends her breadth of experience to shepherding ideas from napkin sketches to robust balance sheets and emboldening owners to exceed their own expectations.
She uses her knack for seeing both the forest and the trees to lead owners in focused, day-to-day actions that create ambitious, momentous growth. She lends her skills to organizational development, community-minded strategy, and, of course, making a kick-ass business plan with staying power.
After she hangs up her “bosslady” hat for the day, Kate excels at hammock naps, booking plane tickets with frequent flier miles, and nurturing her collection of plants. Contrary to popular belief, she’s not from Minnesota, but she did live there for years, learning fierce winter-layering skills while attending Carleton College and working at the Walker Art Center.
Operations + Client Services
Jane started her business career working with Dave Matthews Band and their related management and merchandising businesses. Within just a few years, the band went from playing in fraternities and small clubs to selling out Giants Stadium and massive amphitheaters. And Jane went from learning the first version of Quicken on a used Mac Plus computer, to managing dozens of employees and overseeing a multimillion dollar merchandising powerhouse.
In 2001, Jane assisted an experienced investment advisor in founding Waypoint Advisors, an independent registered investment advisory firm. They transferred in over $100 million dollars in assets under management in the first year. Jane set up and mastered the portfolio management and CRM software, created custom reports for the largest clients, and generally turned the CEO’s vision into reality. Jane went on to earn the Certified Financial Planner designation and advised high net worth clients in addition to managing the client service and operations teams as well as overseeing the HR and bookkeeping processes.
When not helping CEOs with their operations and client service teams, Jane loves walking her dog on the beach, travelling as far and wide as she can wander and catching live music.
Business Development Services
Morris works with clients to build human tools for owners to make clear and informed decisions about their money and operations. He makes order and brings clarity, and balances the hard financials with guiding visions. His favorite feedback is that his work is clear, and easy to read and use. We challenge you to build a more elegant spreadsheet.
At age 12, Morris transcribed baseball statistics and tracked his monthly finances, mostly soft pretzels and DC Comic Books. He intuitively understood how numbers illustrate a narrative, and his ability to translate them into English.
At Oberlin College, Morris taught himself to cook in its co-ops and graduated with a degree in economics. He mastered bookkeeping at throwback sports apparel company Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co., graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School, and at PNC Bank, dug into the finances of large corporations to understand the impact of loans and investments on their bottom lines.
Mike is a South Jersey transplant with a BA from Rutgers University. Mike’s passion for small business autonomy led to the founding of a Philadelphia’s first cooperatively-owned cafe, Win Win Coffee Bar. In his spare time, he enjoys thinking about radical social change, historical fiction, and cooking.
Katiria has an adventurous spirit that leads her to new and exciting destinations. She enjoys skydiving, climbing, and rafting. Her hobbies include playing chess or basketball in a park. When she isn’t keeping books, she is looking for new things to do and fulfill her heart. Katiria holds a BA in Accounting from Temple University.
An aspiring minimalist with dreams to live on the California shoreline, Kristi joined Elysian Fields in an effort to create a better work/life balance. As the former Executive Director of a non-profit, Kristi continues to give back to the community as part of a life-long commitment to making a difference.
Kelly is a book collecting wordsmith who finds inspiration in street art, conversations with toddlers, and soul music dance parties in kitchens. A proud Philly native and enthusiastic world traveler, she is equally happy swinging in hammocks at Spruce St. Harbor or writing in a Parisian cafe.
Accounts & Special Projects
Sam was our employee of the year before we even had employees. She can be found studying for a Masters Degree in Nutrition and drinking the best coffee in the city. If you want the lowdown on vegan food in Philly, she’s your expert.