About Elle


Hi, I’m Elle Ingalls, one of the world’s top experts on the fight-or-flight stress response. My mission is to help you, your team, or your organization, learn my simple three-step Pressure-Free Method to eliminate the affects of stress on your mind and body.  My method is simple, but you are complex. I’ve built a course to help you find the tools you need to unlock your unique full potential, to find the authentic you underneath the stress and overwhelm. Even if you are fairly calm, you are probably still under the influence of stress hormones. You’ll find out why when you sign in and receive my free checklist, e-book and videos.

How did I create Pressure-Free? Well, I’m not a therapist or psychologist, although I frequently coach people in those professions. I’m a performer. For decades I have used simple mental toughness tools to perform at high levels, and I have taught these tools to musicians and athletes to prevent performance anxiety. In 2010, after thirty years of study and practice, I had a major breakthrough, and began creating my method. This method is a game-changer. It has the potential to change the world. Many of my clients have said exactly that!

I coach individuals, speak at conferences and events, train teams of all sizes, give webinars, workshops, basically anything I can to share Pressure-Free with as many people as possible!

Here are some facts about me:

  • born in Concord, New Hampshire.
  • My parents, now deceased, are John Frederick Starrett and Nancy Elizabeth Garland Starrett. They named me Pamela Elizabeth Starrett, but I now use the name Elle (one syllable like “L”, the middle syllable of Pamela, first syllable of Elizabeth.)
  • I’m the eldest of three. My sisters are Judith Starrett Bell and Catherine Starrett Silver.
  • spent summers on Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • earned three degrees from the University of Michigan: A Bachelor of Musical Arts, a Master of Music and a Master of Business Administration.
  • first woman accepted to the Orchestral Conducting program at UM.
  • member of the U-M Women’s Varsity Crew, earning a silver medal at the 1982 Head of the Charles in Boston.
  • also studied violin at Interlochen, and conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
  • violinist in several symphonies from 1983-2016.
  • assistant conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony and National Arts Chamber Orchestra.
  • conductor of the Battle Creek Youth Orchestra.
  • executive director of the Battle Creek Symphony for 10 years.
  • taught financial management to nonprofits for nine years.
  • created a music school with my husband Peter Ingalls (we’ve been married since 1988 and yes he is related to Laura Ingalls Wilder).
  • raised three sons, Hugh, Edmund “Ned” and William. Hugh and Ned own the video production company Ingalls Pictures and our youngest is a student at Columbia University.
  • worked in banks, restaurants, college libraries, a recreational center, and a gift shop during high school and college.
  • coached track in New Hampshire and Michigan.
  • herb and vegetable gardener.
  • I have many favorite foods, but I sincerely crave lobster and fried clams.
  • community and school volunteer.
  • lifelong student of many subjects.
  • I like to skate, do water sports, sew, walk, do Bowspring yoga, be with people, snuggle, and laugh.
  • I’ve written a novel (not yet published) that I want my sons to turn into a movie!
  • My favorite piece of music is Janacek’s Sinfonietta.
  • My favorite author is Jim Harrison