Authentically Elle

By Hailey Stangebye

Elspeth — or “Elle,” for short — is our quick-witted Bay Stater with a contagious sense of zeal.

From her perch in our W&W conference room, Elle looks completely at home. “I remember when Yogi first reached out to me. We talked over the phone and I said, ‘Even if we never meet, I just have to commend you, because I’m so excited to have found someone who thinks like me.’ I’d found someone who thinks that marketing isn’t just about dots and spots and money,” Elle says. “It’s genuinely about the idea. It’s about the creativity. Marketing isn’t about duplicating what other people have done, it’s about being disruptive and finding new ways to do things.”

“I’d found someone who thinks that marketing isn’t just about dots and spots and money. It’s genuinely about the idea. It’s about the creativity. Marketing isn’t about duplicating what other people have done, it’s about being disruptive and finding new ways to do things.”

Elle has a whirlwind of life and professional experiences. She’s originally from Massachusetts, and that’s where the majority of her family still lives. She went to a prestigious boarding school, and after high school she attended a private liberal arts college on the north shore of Chicago. Elle’s little brother, Ethan, attended Denison and, after a trip to Columbus to visit him for New Year’s Eve in 2001, she decided to relocate to our fabulous city to be closer to him. Almost 17 years later, Elle has made Columbus her home and is married to her best friend, Jeff Sack. She lives at Pinnacle in Grove City with their two Jack Russell Terriers, Jack and Delilah.

For the vast majority of her resume, Elle was scooped up from one employer to the next. Employers and companies saw her creative, competitive, outgoing energy and enticed her from one career to the next. It wasn’t until this past winter after a long conversation with her husband that Elle decided it was time for her to seek out the perfect next step in her career.

“The perfect work culture for me includes collaboration, camaraderie, creativity, inspiration, fun; it’s challenging, supportive, passionate, competitive and always growing,” says Elle. “I have craved to be able to work with like-minded people with whom I can either inspire to grow or learn from.”

Elle knew immediately after her first face-to-face meeting with the Warhol & WALL ST. owners, Yohannan Terrell and Chris Jones, that she had found her tribe.

“I couldn’t deny the chemistry. The energy between the three of us — the strengths that they pull out of me and the weaknesses I have that they balance — it just was irresistible,” Elle says. “Irresistible to the point where I was like, ‘I have to work with them.’”

“I couldn’t deny the chemistry. The energy between the three of us — the strengths that they pull out of me and the weaknesses I have that they balance — it just was irresistible.”

Elle brings sales-minded marketing and marketing-minded sales experience to all that we do at W&W. But, most importantly, she brings her creative, dynamic authentic self.

“You only get to live one life. And if you’re trying to be someone that other people want you to be, you’re not being true to yourself,” Elle says. “If you feel like you aren’t allowed to spread your wings in the way that you need to continue to grow, then you won’t grow. But if you’re in the right environment that makes you feel accepted and helps you to thrive, well that just feels wonderful.”