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Talking Points owner, Elise Ghebremichael (formerly Horner), is a former pageant contestant with 17 years of experience at the local, state, and national level. Some of her most recent pageant accomplishments include 1st runner up to Miss Texas USA 2009, 2nd runner up to Miss Washington 2005 & 2006, Top 10 at the National Sweetheart pageant 2004, and 1st runner up to Miss California 2004. She is a former Miss Houston USA 2008, Miss Seattle (America) 2005, and Miss Los-Angeles County (America) 2003. In addition to her experience in the Miss USA and Miss America pageant systems, Elise has experience in "little kid pageants" such as Miss National Pre-Teen, Little Miss of America, Young American Miss, and Royal Miss of America. She has consistently won the interview phase of competition. With a proven record of success in the pageant world, Elise provides consulting services to pageant contestants seeking their own successful pageant record. Elise is an active member of the Houston community serving as a Young Ambassador Board Member for SEARCH Homeless Services. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Washington Foster Business School.

Customer Testimonials

"Talking Points was a great tool for improving my interview skills. Elise really helped me to focus on perfecting my own answers to personal and onstage interview! She also helped a lot with my presentation, which makes all the difference in the world!"

~Brittney Booker

Miss Texas USA 2011


"Training with Talking Points really helped me clarify what I was bringing to the crown, and my vision for what I would do with it. I have not only polished my interview skills, but really developed a sense of self awareness. Thanks Elise!"

~ Angy Torres

2nd runner up, Miss Texas 2010

Miss Houston 2009


"Through her business, Talking Points, Elise coached me in my interviewing skills and truly helped me refine my speaking abilities. From the very first moment I spoke with her, I felt completely comfortable and encouraged. She asked a wide variety of questions, gave excellent advice in the development of my answers and approach to my interview, and worked wonders with my level of confidence. She is more than qualified to work with contestants at any level of their pageant career and is an absolute joy to work with."

~ Devanni Partridge

Miss Washington 2009