CEO and Founder
The ELM Advisory Group

Pallavi Ridout

My mission is to help you, your team and organization bring your best selves to work. There is nothing more rewarding than helping you reach higher levels of personal excellence, achieve powerful breakthroughs, measurable outcomes as well as sustainable change.

The Journey: Corporate America to Entrepreneurship

Pallavi’s personal philosophy on life is, instead of living a life of “I wish, I had”, lead a life of no regrets which starts with “I will, I can & I did”​

Did you know individuals spend 1/3rd of their lifetime at work and shockingly 87% of people have no passion for their jobs and are actively disengaged!

What this means is that majority of workforce is living a life of regret! Regret that they are spending precious hours of their lives being UN-productive, DIS-engaged, forming UN-meaningful relationships and ultimately NOT producing effective results within organizations!

After working in corporate America for 20+ years, Pallavi found herself facing similar regrets and made some radical changes by leaving her highly successful career in order to “lead a life of no regrets.”. A life where she could follow her passion, truly find joy in her work, spend time with loved ones as well as lead a more meaningful and purposeful life in service of others.

This led her to establish The ELM Advisory Group, enabling Pallavi to make a difference in people’s lives. Through The Engage Lead Motive Advisory Advisory Group Pallavi focuses on developing leaders, teams and individuals, helping them achieve personal excellence and ultimately making a meaningful impact within their organizations.

Pallavi’s mission is to help leaders, teams and individuals find their purpose and ignite a “phire” to unleash their full potential and bring their best selves to work. Thereby creating an organizational climate that is engaging, motivating and lends to achieving higher levels of productivity, employee morale and business results.

CEO, Thought leader, speaker and sustainability strategist

We reached a higher level of communication within our organization and became a greater team as a result. Pallavi helped us identify key areas of focus and a solid plan of action and accountability. The outcome of our strategic planning session surpassed all expectations.

Professional Experience

The strength of Pallavi’s 20+ years of corporate experience lies in her experience as a leader and a people manager – which means she has been in her client’s shoes!!….and has had her share of failures as well as successes!

Her exposure to different industries, functions, levels of management and her ability to rapidly grasp challenges at hand enables her to quickly understand the needs of her clients.

Pallavi has served in leadership roles in global talent management as well as learning and organizational development functions at Warner Bros. and ICANN (a global not for profit organization).

In her 20+ year career she has had the opportunity to serve as a trusted strategic advisor, confidant, as well as executive coach to C-suite executives and leaders within various organizations.

She has worked in for profit as well as not for profit industries such as Entertainment, Internet Policy Making, Oil & Gas, Legal Publishing, Food, Environmental Conservation & Aerospace.

Pallavi enjoys challenges and has excelled in partnering with her clients in designing solutions for:

  • Organizational design
  • Performance management
  • Succession planning
  • Defining vision/mission
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational culture
  • Organizational change management
  • Building capabilities for performance
  • Team & leadership interventions
  • Rewards and recognition
  • Team dynamics
  • Employee Engagement

Pallavi has served on the advisory board for USC Marshall Scholl of Business, is a member of the Consortium for Change (C4C) – an exclusive network of Executive Coaches and is a committee member with the Lean in Circle of Flower Mound.


Personal Journey
Fun Facts

“Life should be like a good blended wine” – balanced yet a bit tipsy, fun yet fulfilling!

Pallavi was born in India, is trilingual, and has lived in the United States for the past 25 years. She has an MBA from George Washington University.

While growing up in India, her family moved every four years, and at an early age, Pallavi developed a love for travel, people, and culture.

She has attended 3 schools, and 4 colleges, moved 15 times, and considers herself change-agile and a true citizen of the world.

She is an avid traveler and has visited 5 continents and 50+ countries.

Pallavi truly believes in pursuing her passions and in the spirit of “living a life of no regrets” In the summer of 2019 along with her 9-year-old son she embarked on an around the world in 80 days trip covering 3 continents, 13 countries, and 27 cities.

They say the no #1 fear is public speaking. Well, it’s the opposite for Pallavi! She enjoys public speaking and is a decorated Toastmaster’s speaking champion. She has participated in and cleared level 3 of the “world championship of public speaking”. She has also served as the President of the Warner Bros. Toastmasters club in Los Angeles.

Pallavi is working on a book and frequently speaks on her book topic – Leading a Life of no Regret: with Purpose, Passion & Phire

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her son who is the ultimate “purpose” of her life.

Let’s talk.

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