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”, “leverage”, and singing you a sweet song about “quick wins”?
Yeah, that’s not us.
We take a human-centered approach to business. (And we’re kinda weird.)
We reject “business as usual,” while at the same time bringing it with years of experience helping businesses and individuals understand how to be better at business.
What does this look like?
- We want to know about your vision for your life and community as much as your financials or value proposition.
- We want to know how you want to spend your time. Do you really want to be the one chasing down late invoices? Or do you want to be shooting video/baking/making/coaching/writing/speaking/launching a never-before-conceived of tool that will save this planet from the catastrophe that is human-induced climate change?
- We love talking about profit and making money. We also love talking about how to create team structures that ensure happiness, follow feminist and democratic principles, and disrupt the paradigm of competition and winning at all costs.
In short, 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.
Kate believes a business is like a massive art project: you lead with a vision, and then you gotta get granular and execute. An expert in translating big, creative, passionate ideas into sustainable reality, she honed fierce negotiation skills over years living in India; learned the true meaning of the buzzword “sustainable” while organic farming in Minnesota; and has developed an intuitive, flexible approach to her work with over twenty years of yoga study practice. 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. Known for combining irreverence and humor with jedi-like listening, she lends these 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.
Bookkeeping Team Lead
A recent transplant from The West, Gretchen brings her “California Love” to Philadelphia. She has a passion for empowering small businesses, building lasting relationships, and believes in leading by example. Her favorite quote and life’s motto comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
She enjoys spending time with her family on both coasts, exploring her new home city, cooking, practicing Italian, traveling abroad, and sewing with her Grandmother’s vintage Singer.
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.
Michele (aka, Mike) Marini