Elle Hawkins

Director, San Diego


At a glance

Aside from her work with HERMES COMM, Lenore Elle Hawkins serves as the Chief Macro Strategist for Tematica Research and has over 20 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, risk management, asset valuation and operations optimization. Lenore is a regular guest on various national and international television networks such as Fox News, Fox Business Network, One America News Network and RT. She can be heard frequently on national radio programs such as America's Morning News, on international radio stations such as RTHK in Hong Kong and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world where she distills the complex world of global capital markets and economics into easy-to-digest Main Street concepts with contagious enthusiasm and an often irreverent sense of humor.

Cocktail Investing

She authored the book Cocktail Investing with Tematica's Chief Investment Officer Chris Versace, which was released by John Wiley & Sons April 2016. Chris and Lenore also have a weekly podcast named after their book where they interview business leaders from around the world and give their take on the markets and the global economy.

CalIt Advisors

Recently, she co-founded CalIt Advisors, a boutique consulting firm that supports Italian tech companies seeking entry into the US market.

Meritas Advisors

Before joining the Tematica team, Lenore founded Meritas Advisors, a wealth advisory firm and before that served as the Vice President of Corporate Development for a California-based wealth management firm, which provided coordinated financial planning, investment management, tax, insurance and estate planning services to its high-net-worth clients. Before that, she served as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for the largest mobile broadcasting company in the U.S., which was created through an industry rollup orchestrated by Oaktree Capital. In that role, Lenore was responsible for the implementation of complex corporate financial and operational structures, which leveraged her senior strategic planning roles at portfolio companies at eCompanies, one of two largest tech incubators on the West coast in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This experience gave her a front row seat to the titanic shift that disruptive technologies impose across a wide range of industries.

Other professional experiences

Lenore has also worked with JP Morgan in the Private Client Services practice and began her career with Accenture where she led consulting teams advising financial services clients, such as the Capital Group, (a group of investment management companies including the American Funds, Capital Bank and Trust, and Capital International Funds), Industrial Indemnity, and Charles Schwab.

A breadth of experience

Her unique background gives her a breadth of experience building and restructuring companies, from early stage dotcoms and high-tech industrials, evolving into industry leaders and some to failure, giving her invaluable insight into identifying those industries, companies and management teams poised for success and those more likely to struggle.


Lenore holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Economics from Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated with honors and an MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA, where she consistently achieved Dean’s list distinction.