Niamh (‘Neev’) McElwain

Coach and Facilitator for EMEA and APAC

Niamh brings more than 20 years of international experience in the field of education and learning & development. She spent 16 years at Google, working in Learning & Development based in Ireland, Poland and the US.  Niamh specializes in topics such as inclusive leadership, impostor syndrome, wellbeing & career development. As a learning designer and facilitator, Niamh uses her background in music & theater, to infuse playfulness, improv, and dynamism into her facilitation style, which energizes participants and ensures engagement!

In her time at Google, Niamh designed many acclaimed development programs including Stretch, a women’s leadership program, which over 8,000 women globally have attended to date. This sparked the creation of #iamremarkable, an initiative that celebrates and empowers under-represented groups. Niamh was also one of the early founders of g2g, a peer-to-peer learning program, which currently powers 80% of learning programs globally at Google, with an extended faculty of over 10,000 employees who teach, share and learn from each other.

Niamh graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor in Music Education, and earned her MBA from Reims Management School, France. She is a CPCC certified executive coach, and an MBTI and Immunity to Change certified facilitator. Niamh worked in the Middle East and the Caribbean as an orchestral director before entering the corporate world. In her spare time, Niamh loves hiking, listening to podcasts and being outdoors.

“The Elevate Academy Facilitator Guides are incredibly helpful! I was a bit worried about hosting a session just because I didn’t have time to prepare but once I looked at the facilitator guide I realized Elevate had done the heavy lifting for me. I can run an interactive training with hardly any prep work on my end. The team was very engaged and really enjoyed the sessions. The interactive sessions make all the difference and they are easy to do.”


Director of People & Culture at Alo & BELLA + CANVAS

“We have high standards at Crossbeam, and Elevate’s format, frameworks, production quality and most importantly -- content, are world class. The classes are concise, insightful, engaging, and actionable. Lucy and Lindsey are masterful in their delivery, and continue to create new classes that are topical and answer the challenges of our scaling organization. We’re able to align the classes we focus on with our business calendar, preparing our managers to focus on the right approach at the right time.”

Mandy Poling

VP of People at Crossbeam