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Entrepreneur, Creative Strategist Elaine Mensah Speaks to Stevenson Brown School of Business and Leadership Students

March 10, 2015 3:00 PM

Stevenson University’s Brown School of Business and Leadership hosted Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur and creative strategist Elaine Mensah for the school’s annual “Lessons in Leadership” event on Tuesday, March 10. Mensah, who founded creative and strategic fashion firm, SVELTE, LLC, and boasts more than a decade of branding, communications, and technological experience, spoke in front of more than 75 Stevenson students.

“The Brown School of Business and Leadership was delighted that Elaine Mensah spoke to our students at our annual leadership series,” said Anna B. Kayes Ed.D., Professor of Business Administration. “Her experience in business demonstrates the importance of building leadership skills for successful career management across different industries. As one of the top business and marketing consultants, Elaine provided our students with important lessons on using leadership skills in the workplace.”  

Mensah focused her talk on her “leadership story,” taking students in attendance through her career path by highlighting the challenges she has overcome, the personal strengths has she identified in herself, and the diverse skills she has honed that have made her a successful entrepreneur. Following the talk, students screened “The Politics of Fashion: DC Unboxed,” Mensah’s documentary film which examines the world of fashion, creativity, and business in politics. Both the talk and the screening were followed by Q&A sessions.  

“Elaine’s resume and accomplishments were an inspiration to all of our students,” said Aris Melissaratos, Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership. “It’s a perfect blend of education and entrepreneurial zeal to achieve marketing success for the individual, the enterprise, and the product. It’s a great example of a multimedia success story to emulate and inspire.”

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.