Eleni Kelakos, Founder–Speaker, Coach, Trainer and Presence Builder!
Eleni is a presence and presentation expert, and the Chief Transformational Officer of The Eleni Group, now in its second decade. She uses performance techniques learned over twenty years as a professional actress in New York and Los Angeles to help executives be relaxed, real and relatable when they give presentations.
When she’s not coaching individuals or facilitating trainings at companies like General Motors, Plante-Moran, and Kubota Tractors, Eleni practices what she preaches, empowering people to perform at their peak with her signature keynote presentations at conferences nationwide.
An award-winning, nationally touring singer/songwriter, Eleni has produced and recorded four acclaimed music CDs—I WILL FLY, TO THE BONE, WHERE I COME FROM and TOUCH THE SKY. Her songs have been featured in the film Dispossessed, and danced to by America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Beth Ann Robinson. And she’s sung the national anthem at Shea Stadium for three (winning!) Mets games.
A graduate in both Theatre Arts and Semiotics from Brown University, Eleni is a past president of the Michigan chapter of the National Speakers Association. Her book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, was a gold medal winner of the 2014 Global e-Book Awards. She lives happily with her husband, and two constantly shedding cats, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jim Fleming, Director of Business Development
Jim is responsible for attracting, booking, and negotiating training and speaking engagements for Eleni Kelakos.
He is the founder and president of Fleming Artists, a music talent agency known and respected in the industry for its emphasis on fairness and excellence. In his forty years as an agent, promoter and consultant, Jim has been responsible for the touring careers of over 100 artists. He has represented Ani Di Franco, Jeff Daniels, Judy Collins, Capitol Steps, Shane Koyczan, Tom Paxton, and Chicago’s Second City touring company, to name a few. In 2016, Fleming Artists was one of five agencies nominated for Independent Agency of the Year by Pollstar, the music industry’s “official” trade magazine. High points in his career have included producing Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival (for the past 30-plus years), programming the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, and booking the musical acts for the events surrounding Pope John Paul’s visit to Detroit.
Prior to co-founding—and acting as producer for– the Black Sheep Theatre in 1976, Jim was Acting Vice President of Student Affairs at Chicago State University. Jim received his M.A. in College Student Personnel/Administration of Higher Education from Michigan State University, where he started several campus arts groups, including Mariah, a concert series which featured young, up-and coming artists like Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat and John Prine. He received his B.A. from Ohio University, where he helped to organize the Student Center Program Board, was the 1971 Co-Director of the Ohio University Folk Festival, and was selected for Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities.