Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is an award-winning, best-selling author, international keynote speaker, ground-breaking radio host and seasoned team builder.
She served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected “Outstanding Professor”.
An alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, she taught leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College.
Holly Elissa’s books include the best-selling, What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice (NAEYC, 2012), Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, November 2012) and Learning from the Bumps in the Road (Redleaf Press, 2013). Her first book, Leading on Purpose was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Comfort of Little Things: An Educator’s Guide to Second Chances received the National Living Now silver award for books from any field that “uplift the quality of life”.
iTunes has ranked Holly Elissa’s radio programs in its top 200 k-12 podcasts. Tune in to Holly Elissa’s online radio program, Heart to heart Conversations on Leadership: Your guide to making a difference at BAMRadioNetwork.com.
You can also listen to Holly Elissa being interviewed on NAEYC Radio, National Head Start Association Radio, and National Association of School Principals Radio.
Holly Elissa’s keynotes receive stellar audience reviews internationally and across America. To “recovering attorney” Holly Elissa, life is too short to anything but enjoy it daily.