CEO, Marketing Mind, Straight Shooter, Working Mom, Keynote Speaker.
Tiffany Sauder is the CEO of Element Three, a full-service marketing consultancy in Indianapolis. After taking over in 2006, she transformed the company from a small creative shop into one of the fastest-growing marketing consultancies in the Midwest.
Under her leadership, Element Three has appeared on the Inc. 5000 six consecutive times from 2014 to 2019, brought home a “Best of Show” ADDY Award, claimed spots on the IBJ Fast 25: Fastest Growing Businesses in 2014 and 2015, and won HubSpot’s Agency of the Year in 2012. She’s been named to IBJ’s 40 Under 40, honored with Junior Achievement’s Best and Krannert’s Burton Entrepreneurship Award, and sits on the boards for Gibson Insurance, YPO Indiana, and Orr Fellowship.
On paper, the story looks great. But that’s just the highlight reel. The reality is that leading the company at 24 years old, navigating a recession, and balancing family life all at the same time wasn’t easy. It was—and continues to be—messy, emotional, and scary, especially when you’re teetering on the edge of success or complete disaster.
It’s only half the story if I talk about the business lessons that I’ve learned without mentioning my life outside the office. I think we, as business and marketing leaders, need to be really honest with ourselves when when it comes to both the work that we do for a living and the relationships that matter most to us. Confronting the hard truth that's often in front of us is when we really grow.
- Tiffany Sauder
On top of serving as the CEO of Element Three, Tiffany shares her story with leaders, executives, and business owners, motivating them to embrace transformational honesty and tackle their own big moments in business and life head-on.
Outside the office, she spends time with her husband and four daughters, runs half marathons, and is practicing for the day Food Network calls to cast her on Chopped.
What Others Are Saying
Tiffany is smart, energetic, passionate, and sharp—she provided specific, actionable tips for our audience and inspiring perspective that our team benefited greatly from. I admire Tiffany and her perspective greatly, anyone would be lucky to see her present.
Chief Culture Officer at HubSpot