Aly Merritt
January 19, 2020


Stephanie Elsesser

With nearly eight years under her belt at Rigor, , Stephanie now runs a 10-person team of sales development reps and account executives as the Head of Sales. Her REVstar nomination said she's "leading the team to incredible heights," and called her "just a world-class human."

Read on to get the inside scoop on Stephanie, and listen to the interview to learn more about why she's in our first class of REVstars! (Full transcript here)

Stephanie Elsesser
Stephanie Elsesser
Stephanie Elsesser

What are your top 3 hobbies or interests? One, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge advocate of Atlanta. I love all things about my hometown — the great tech scene, excellent food, green space, and sports teams. Two, I enjoy traveling, especially trying new restaurants. Three, maybe it’s because I grew up playing sports, but I decompress when I’m outside — walking on our Beltline, hiking, and gardening are all great times for me to reset and relax.

Do you have a life philosophy or personal core values? What are they?
I often find myself telling people the mantra, “Trust the process.” We have to invest in opportunities, measure the impacts on opportunities, then wait patiently … otherwise, we will continue to scrap important things because it’s not easy, it’s not low-hanging fruit. It’s a tough mindset, but always pays off.

Stephanie Elsesser

What are 3 words you hope people use to describe you? Tenacious, Curious, Empathetic

What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself? Persistent, Reliable, Flexible

If you could have 15 minutes of fame for anything, what would you want to be famous for? First female NFL coach. I really like and know football, so I could do an outstanding job.

What inspires you every day? Tell me I cannot do or be something, and that is the surest way to inspire me into action.
When the impossible becomes possible, to tackle a problem and never give up no matter how challenging. Personal and professional inspiration: When other people stop at nothing to pay it forward and make a positive impact on other people’s lives.
A little cliche, but my parents. Here are some lessons to sum it up: Work hard, take measured risks, enjoy life, help others less advantaged, survive change, question authority.



Photography by Lauri Levenfeld