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About Me

Carolyn helps inspire, clarify and unleash brilliant potential

Fascinated by maps ever since I was a young girl, I am passionate about helping my clients make sense of the complexity and challenges they face. Through Brilliance Mastery, I’m like modern-day cartographer. I help my corporate and organizational clients navigate their way from where they are now to where they need to be so they can achieve meaningful and measurable success. Through capturing important conversations and decisions in real-time, I help clients spark new insights and learning, foster collaboration and meaningful relationships, and build buy-in to take action.

I have more than 25 years of experience in the public and entrepreneurial sectors, as well as 15 of those years working in transformational leadership. I obtained a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and have worked on Wall Street, as a senior policy advisor in the Ontario government, and as a Director of Development for two of Canada’s most prestigious independent schools. I have trained extensively with Grove Consultants International, one of the leading pioneers in the field of graphic facilitation. Through Grove Consultants International, I am trained in Strategic Visioning and am a certified Grove Team Performance Practitioner.

Together, I merge my creative side with my analytical side to produce the right graphic facilitation solutions for any company or organization to shine. I am passionate about the power of visual tools for leaders and decision-makers to accelerate results, build engagement, foster innovation, and build flexible and collaborative cultures.

Interested to see if this way of working is for your organization? I’m happy to set up a consultation call and let’s see what mountains we can summit together!

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  • What others
    are saying

    "The visuals generated a huge amount of sharing on social media during our event"

    People were in love with the graphic recordings! Brilliance Mastery did an absolutely fantastic job of telling our story. I really appreciated how you were able to incorporate French into the visuals so seamlessly. The visuals generated a huge amount of sharing on social media during our event, and gave a great sense of fun and energy to the room. Most importantly, the visuals sparked great conversations among our delegates, and helped remind them of what they had heard and learned. It was a great element for our event and we still go back and refer to them!

    Jody Lundrigan

    BBBSC
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    "Took a complex subject and turned it into an easy-to-follow piece that our consultants are using in the sales process"

    It was a pleasure working with Carolyn on the visual representations of our programs and industry. Through a couple in person sessions and some follow up calls, she was able to take a complex and nuanced subject and turn it into an easy-to-follow 8.5" x 11" piece that our consultants are now using to aid them in the sales process. If it's true that a "picture says 1000 words", Carolyn not only makes a pretty picture, she helps you determine which 1000 words to say. No small feat, that. Highly recommend!

    Chris Taylor

    Actionable Books
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    “She's brilliant.. it's the best way to get your message across to your people!”

    Carolyn Ellis is absolute amazing. At the two-day Art of Learning, she captured every one of Joey Coleman’s thoughts. Put it onto paper and everyone of our clients was so excited! I’ve never seen more people gather around to take pictures of Carolyn. They video taped her, they noticed all of the drawings, everything was just absolutely bang on! The name of her company is absolutely perfect, because she’s brilliant. Reach out to Carolyn and document your next meeting, your next conference. It’s the best way to get your message across to all of your people.

    Bill Williams

    The Art of Productions Inc.
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    "Carolyn is a great person to work with, blessed with a unique talent"

    As a learning & development professional, I always look for innovative ideas to share content and information. Inspired by Carolyn's doodles and attending her workshop gave an opportunity to combine my interest in sketching and love for colors in my daily work. I have already started doodling be it summarizing traditional slides on a page, doing roadshows for strategic gatherings or taking daily meeting notes. Carolyn is a great person to work with and blessed with a unique talent which she is ready to share with anyone looking for innovation and creativity - so get ahead for a doodling fun time leaving long lasting impact on the audience.

    Nazish Asim

    PwC Canada
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    "Ability to capture key content and discussion in a vibrant and engaging manner kept the material alive"

    I had the privilege of watching Carolyn perform as she graphically recorded one of my training sessions with a mutual client. Her ability to capture key content ideas and discussion in such a vibrant and engaging manner kept the material alive after its presentation and allowed participants to browse and reflect on their own time, connecting the images on the wall to the “what’s next” in their own work.

    Paul Binnendyk

    Canadian Financial Services
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    are saying

    "Carolyn is the best I have ever seen in capturing the true spirit of your message in a unique, fun and memorable way!"

    One of the biggest challenges I have as a speaker is creating a lasting impact with clients long after my presentation is over. Simply put Carolyn is the best I have ever seen in capturing the true spirit of your message in a unique, fun and memorable way. If you want to make a lasting impact with your clients and stand out from the crowd, look no further.

    Shawn Shepheard

    Actionable Books