Elise Bercovici graduated with an honours degree from the University of Western Ontario, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology in 2007. After graduating, she went off to backpack Europe and explore other cultures, sights, and wonders of the world. Elise continued her education taking a post-grad program from George Brown College in Sports Marketing and Event Planning. Elise joined Speakers’ Spotlight in 2008, and has held the roles of executive assistant and event coordinator. After mastering the logistics side of the business, she organically moved into the role of senior client services executive in 2010. On top of being fun and friendly, Elise is organized, focused, and enthusiastic about meeting new people and building strong relationships with both speakers and clients. She enjoys a great shopping sale, traveling, working out and spending quality time with friends and family. We’re thrilled to put Elise in our Staff Spotlight On:
Did you always want to work in the speaking industry? If not, what other careers did you consider?.
I actually had no clue that this industry existed. Right after I finished my post-grad at George Brown this opportunity came my way. Almost seven years later, I’m happy I took the opportunity to get to learn what this industry has to offer and I haven’t looked back since. I’m on the path to being a “lifer” in this industry.
Any advice for people getting started in the industry?
Take a deep breath and enjoy! It’s fun, fast paced, and you get to meet and listen to some of the most interesting thought-leaders from around the world. Don’t forget to ask questions!
Do you have any great stories from events you’ve attended featuring Speakers’ Spotlight speakers?
Just like great nights out with friends, those stories stay in the vault!
What is your favourite thing about working with our speakers? With clients?
Learning new things about all different industries and sectors. I love being able to work with all types of clients from educational groups, to corporate organizations and not-for-profit groups. It keeps things fresh and interesting and allows me to recommend a wide range of different ideas. Finding the best possible fit for a client, and hearing the rave reviews after an event, is the best highlight of my day. It’s such an amazing feeling. I learn so much from our speakers all the time. I love hearing about new exciting projects they might be working on.
Best subject in school?
Does socializing count? I think that is why I love sales: you get to interact and chat with new people all the time. I love building relationships and getting to know both our clients and speakers better each and every day.
Which Canadian city is your favourite?
T-Dot, a.k.a “The 6.” I love calling Toronto home. From the entertainment, culture to cuisine we have it all!
Desert island album?
Anyone who knows me would say anything by Drake.
Last book you read?
I’m not much of a reader. I know I should start, I have access to so many amazing books.
Last film you saw?
Don’t laugh: The Boy Next Door.
What speaker(s) alive, or who have already passed away, would you love to hear speak?