Meet Elizabeth Topliffe

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Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth Topliffe (she/her) is an individual who partners with individuals and organizations to create environments and organizations where leaders, learners, and humans thrive.

Knowing that all organizations and humans have deep knowledge about themselves, Elizabeth asks questions and learns alongside you. She assists in finding the tools and strengths for people and organizations to implement their goals and solutions, usually based on the knowledge organizations hold within.

Elizabeth spent her 30-year career in non-profit school leadership, law, trusts, and wealth management. From 2012 through 2023, Elizabeth led a private Montessori school from a survival posture to one of thriving. In that role, Elizabeth facilitated and participated in an operational overhaul, strategic planning, budgetary transformation, and, most importantly, a shift in culture from scarcity to possibility. Through that process, Elizabeth came to appreciate how much the world needs organizations and humans focused on improving the world. We need places that face crises and problems (including those within themselves) with grace, humor, and a love for the humans who journey with us. As a consultant, Elizabeth helps organizations achieve their goals faster, reaching more people and creating more profound, meaningful change for the world.

Elizabeth's Expertise & Certifications

  • B.A. from Indiana University and her Juris Doctor from the Mauer School of Law at Indiana University

  • Certified School Administrator through the Association Montessori International (AMI)

  • Certified Process Consultant

  • Member of the International Coaching Federation

  • Trained in Restorative Circles and Restorative Practices

  • Trained Leadership Practices
    Inventory LPITM Coach


How I can help:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Creating a Cultural Strategic Plan
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Change

Publications & Resources



The Ironies
of Poverty


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
and Belonging


What Clients Say About Jennifer

It has been my true pleasure to work with Jennifer during a time of transition and transformation. Her sincere and thoughtful approach and her ability to help build trust and confidence have significantly benefited our organization at every level.  Through her coaching and resources, Jennifer has provided outstanding support and opportunities for personal growth and professional development. She is creative, wise, compassionate, and encouraging! Her warm and authentic style made tackling challenging issues and having difficult conversations less daunting. She values every voice and cultivates open communication and listening strategies. Jennifer is consistently able to help me develop creative solutions and new and better ways of collaborating with my team to strengthen our work and empower those we serve! Whether working with Jennifer through individual coaching or in a group setting, I am confident that you will experience profound growth and gain new perspective! She has my highest recommendation!
Jennifer has provided executive coaching to myself and the employees of my company since 2019.  In her role, she guides us in strategic planning, employee relations, work/life balance and visionary leadership. Jennifer also facilitates our quarterly strategic planning team meetings where she works with me to create the agenda and from that she designs thought-provoking exercises to create new perspectives and possibility.  Jennifer helped us to successfully acclimate to a new virtual environment which contributes to over 50% growth.  Jennifer’s coaching has supported me in managing the growth as well as helped me to work with the team to create a heart-centered workplace culture grounded in compassion and strong performance.
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Pamela Allen, Executive Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind
Betsy Cerulo, CEO of AdNet

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