Elena 's Special Set of Skills
- GTM Strategy
- Mergers, Acquisitions, SPAC’s
- Public Relations
- Thought Leadership
Elena 's Rise
Elena Murdock is the Chief Executive Officer of an award-winning public relations agency (featured in Fortune & Inc Magazine in August 2023). Elena serves on the board of a Family Office with $1.8 Billion AUM, is on the board of a stealth CPG company, and is an advisory board member at the fastest-growing community foundation in the United States with $600 mil AUM in under six years.
Elena has a unique combination of experience in key strategic leadership roles identifying and resolving complex (strategy, operations, logistics) issues facing firms in green tech, media, ag tech, and consumer products industries. She has positioned several companies to go public via IPO and a SPAC transaction. She structured an all-female board for a female owned company (the first such board in the USA) and is passionate about board education, governance, scaling mid-market companies philanthropy and values-driven investing.
Ascend PR places clients in top-tier outlets such as Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Grit Daily, Bloomberg, CNBC, TIME, Forbes, ABC, and dozens of iTunes Top-Rated 10-100 ranked podcasts.
Elena and her team have worked with 75+ tech startups, multiple accelerators and incubators transforming them into change-making Venture Capital Firms investing in transportation, LATAM, tech you can touch, manufacturing, food + AG tech, medical, luxury retail, blockchain, green tech, energy, fintech, and education. She co-rebranded a 1.5 billion-dollar company in under 90 days.
She coined the term "tech you can touch" for Venture Capital firms working with startups in "hard tech."
Elena has spoken at the Busch School of Business, Nebula Family Office Club, and the HalBar Family Office Summit on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and integrity in business.
Elena’s experience doesn’t stop in the VC and PR spaces — she’s even ventured into an Executive Producer role for the scripted podcast Hoax: The Sherri Papini Story, which has gone on to NBC Dateline and NBC’s True Crime Oxygen Network.
She’s about to be the youngest Latina to serve on the board of a public company — an achievement she knows is possible for even more women like her.
What Drives Elena
Elena wants women to reach the same level of success that she has and knows that having mentors throughout her career was the key to achieving her career milestones.
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