elaine pasqua

Elaine Pasqua, CSP is a dynamic nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer who has transformed the lives of more than half a million people nationwide. She has been working with organizations to increase productivity and retain talent. 


Once upon a time, a 6’5″ 250-pound man looked at Elaine Pasqua and said: “You are the biggest little thing I’ve ever seen!”

This New Jersey native has more moxie than a bag of jalapeño chips and connects with people faster than you can say “fuggedaboutit.”

For almost three decades, Elaine has been traveling the country as an energetic live wire, speaking to all kinds of audiences – from corporations and associations, to NFL, NBA, and MLB teams, colleges and universities, and our military servicemembers. 

With her transformative programs, Elaine works with organizations to create a culture of respect, collaboration through open communication, and optimal performance to increase innovation, and success.

She is recognized for her highly interactive keynotes and trainings which get people up on their feet, energizes them, and shifts perspective. 

Elaine’s passion for making a difference in people’s lives started with her speaking out after losing her mom and stepdad to AIDS-related complications. And now, as a professional speaker, author, columnist, and producer/director of public service videos, she continues to make an impact in the world. Her keen knowledge, compassion, ability to connect, and sharp humor make her keynotes and trainings highly interactive, transformative, and positively influential.

When Elaine is not jet-setting across the country, you can find her enjoying strenuous hikes for the reward at the top, traveling for pleasure with her husband Jeff, singing rich harmonies with friends until the wee hours of the morning, or in her beautiful gardens with lots of dirt under her fingernails! She is the proud mom of Evan and David who are happy, productive, and caring young men.


As a 15-year member of National Speakers Association, Elaine was awarded one of its highest designations as a Certified Speaking Professional in 2015. The CSP is granted to only 12% of its members in the United States along with the Global Speakers Federation. This is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence. So, when it comes to speaking, Elaine is a true pro!

Fun Facts About Elaine

Growing up 15 miles from NYC in Clark, NJ, she spent her childhood jumping rope in the streets and on playgrounds. Decades later, while walking through Times Square, she discovered that she can still jump double Dutch!
She is proud of her New Jersey roots, Italian heritage, and her ancestor who came from the Netherlands in 1638 and became one of the Power of 9 who governed NJ.
She's been happily married to Jeff Cohen for 31 years.
She'll hop on stage and sing anytime!
She’s the proud and loving mom of Evan and David and welcomed Nicole, Evan's new wife, into their family!
Elaine has been singing all her life and has been hosting a monthly music jam in her home for 32 years!
The Emerging Leaders at the University of Akron inducted Elaine as a lifetime honorary member of the Sigma Lambda Honorary for being one of three individuals who made a significant impact on the freshman population!
Elaine was honored to speak for the cast talkback at the Normal Heart on Broadway. Some of her favorite actors Jim Parsons, and Lee Pace, and AIDS Activist Larry Kramer were in attendance
She has quite a collection of college swag!
She is an avid gardener. This keeps her sane!
Elaine has hiked many of our National Parks and monuments.
She loves Broadway!