What They’re Saying

Here are what other professionals are saying about Elke. Talk with her; she is a business partner, you’ll see it immediately. Her company’s focus is accelerating your company’s growth. She brings the right mix of  critical success factors to her clients: a result-focused  approach; high emotional intelligence and empathy; deep industry experience; and a vibrant network of relationships. A mix like that is easy to talk about but often hard to find.

Best-selling author, “The Coaching Revolution” and “Tribal Leadership”

Elke looks for the gold in people and is interested in getting the best possible performance out of them. As a result, Elke has extraordinary skills in the areas of mentoring and career development. She also has developed high level strategic planning skills, shares her knowledge, pulls for the success of those she works with, and goes the extra mile in tending to the many tactical details of projects.

Elke has proven herself over and over as an efficient manager of people, and effective leader of groups and business units.

I highly recommend Elke as someone who is intelligent, who get’s the drift and has a clue, and is a delight to work with. And, that’s a big deal.

JOHN KING Rogue Scholar | Culture Architect

Elke was a critical partner for our transformation from an operating to a strategic board of directors. She listened, assessed, and prepared thoroughly to ensure she understood the goals of our organization. Elke fostered inclusion by making sure that every voice was heard, and no stone was left unturned such that we ended up with a clear roadmap to success. After our meetings, Elke stayed engaged, consistently following-up so that we were accountable for execution. I highly recommend Elke as a strategic partner!

LaSHAWN BATES Senior Vice President | Market Operations – Florida, JLL
2021 CREW Tampa Bay President

I had the pleasure of working with Elke in several capacities at CBRE. We both served on the CBRE Women’s Network Advisory board where she was instrumental in launching the company’s mentoring program for women in the business. We also served on the Americas Marketing team and developed the first national Property Marketing Center. Elke has the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. She is hardworking, knowledgeable and a true leader. Her expertise ranges from human resources to operations to marketing to management – a very well rounded skill set!

JENA (HOLLENSTEINER) ARMISTEAD Former Vice President of Marketing for The Americas, CBRE

In 2020, while I was President of the CREW Houston Chapter, Elke served as a Board Director. She is a vibrant and compassionate leader, so I wanted to tap Elke’s talents for the chapter. I engaged her to facilitate a Leadership Development Workshop for our inaugural Mentoring and Leadership Class. Elke customized a program utilizing the behavioral sciences, helping the group understand their strengths and communication style and how to best use them for success. The feedback I received was outstanding. Elke is engaging, focused, and insightful. She is passionate about helping women achieve their maximum potential. I highly recommend Elke, for she added tremendous value to CREW Houston.

KRISTY SIMONETTE Senior Vice President | Strategic Services & Chief Information Officer
Camden Property Trust 2020 CREW Houston President

Dedication, common sense, ethics and insight are a few of the many given traits that Elke possess. I was always impressed with her commitment to NAI Partners, as well as NAI Global. Along with the many charities that she supports, exceeds the common standard of excellence. I have the utmost respect for her business acumen and leadership abilities. I highly recommend her involvement in any organization.

RACHEL HOWITT President/CFO NAI Capital, Inc.

I had the pleasure of participating in CREW Houston’s Mentoring & Leadership Special Workshop – “Unleash Your Talent by Understanding Your Style of Performance”- by Elke Laughlin. I was impressed by the presentation content and delivery. Not only was the program incredibly insightful, but Elke’s engaging presentation style and dynamic personality were immediately apparent as the workshop began. In addition, her ability to actively engage within a group, initiate meaningful dialogue, and create thoughtful processes to develop professional skills was truly outstanding.

NATALIE WILKINS Senior Consultant - Turner & Townsend | 2020 CREW Houston Mentoring Program – Mentee

Elke is a compelling persuader that initiates positive changes in the environments within which she works. She has the ability to understand each situation as unique, distill the facts down to the core essence and provide solutions that moves each group forward. It has been my pleasure working with her for over 10 years.

GREGORY STEBBINS, Ed.D. Founder & Master Coach - PeopleSavvy

I have known Elke Laughlin for several years, and what a pleasure. As a CREW Houston (Commercial Real Estate Women) member, I had the honor of serving as a mentor in CREW Houston’s Mentoring Program. I was fortunate to participate in the leadership development workshop that Elke facilitated. Elke’s encouraging approach and extensive knowledge allowed the mentors and mentees to learn valuable insights, which has proven helpful in both the work and personal arenas. I have recommended Elke to friends and business associates who need coaching and motivation.

RHONDA SANDS Executive Vice President | Commercial Real Estate Bank Lender II Veritex Community Bank | 2020 CREW Houston Mentoring Program - Mentor | 2008 CREW Houston President

I met Elke while she served as adjunct professor at the C.T. Bauer College of Business. She was a life-changing inspiration. Her class was engaging, challenging and sparked my initial interest in sales. Despite my doubts, Elke encouraged me to stretch past my comfort zone, testing my very own limits. Under her continued mentorship, I graduated from the University of Houston after completing the Sales Excellence Program. Elke is one of a kind to say the least. I have grown to admire her as a professional, an educator and an incredible speaker.

TAMMY CHEVIS HUGHES Business Development Manager - Mid Market Americas

I was introduced to Elke Laughlin through the CREW Network where she is highly respected and sought after as a strategic planning facilitator. Having worked with many facilitators over the years, I was intrigued and excited to collaborate with a leader whose experience and background aligned with our group’s needs. First, Elke pre-assessed our rather large group’s wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Then, using the DISC Behavioral Assessment, she aligned our members, initiating hard conversations while identifying strengths and weaknesses. Then, when we came together for our planning meeting, Elke could help identify essential consensus items, allowing for a plan of action. Definitely, time well spent! I highly recommend Elke to assist in leading your organization to alignment in identifying and achieving its goals.

Nancy Leach, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ President and CEO | Facility Planners Inc. 2021 – 2022 CREW Nashville Board Member |Strategic Planning Chair