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Meet The Team



Owner / President

Certified Life Coach, Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment Practitioner

Eda S. Chen is the Owner of Elan Advising, the only company that offers both certified life, academic and career coaching, and college and graduate admissions consulting. She graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Political Science and Linguistics and founded Elan shortly thereafter to address the unique needs of high school and college students, recent graduates, and young professionals during transitions to higher education and career.


Prior to graduating college, she served as an ACT/SAT tutor for Kaplan for students aiming above the 95th percentile. She is a firm believer of helping the whole person and complementing hard skills like interviewing techniques with topics such as motivation and wellness. She is passionate about the education and status of women and girls and is a longtime member of Soroptimist International of Davis. Eda enjoys mentoring fellow women in business and lives in Davis with her husband and her dog.

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Certified Wellness Coach

Emily Hodson completed Wellness Coaching Training with Coach Training EDU (CTEDU) in November 2019. She loves work with clients of all backgrounds to seeking to enrich their lives through wellness but has a special interest in helping individuals who are active in or seeking recovery from any number of addictions (substance, food, money, etc.), living with chronic health conditions.


"My goal is to provide a safe, compassionate and loving space for clients to learn, grow and live their dreams, particularly during these trying times we as a planet find ourselves in.

I love working with others and have a strong willingness to work with a client’s existing support team (as they wish of course). Our past and present experiences don’t have to define us, they can provide us with the insight, strength, and hope to move forward in whatever direction we see fit. Keep on keepin’ on, you’re worth it!"



Addiction (substance, food, money, etc.), 

Chronic health conditions or disabilities of any kind

Mental health


shout out

To our former interns: Kaye Marquez, Vanessa Enriquez, Isabel Rueda, Zoe Newman, Joe Sanfilippo, and Liz Hua, Andrew Stosik, whose astounding work has had a resounding impact on this company... and its owner. <3


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Proudly based in Davis, CA

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