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Liz Elting

Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is an entrepreneur, business leader, bestselling author, linguaphile, philanthropist, feminist, and mother. After living, studying, and working in five countries across the globe, Liz founded TransPerfect out of an NYU dorm room in 1992 and served as Co-CEO until 2018. TransPerfect is the world’s largest language solutions company, with over $1.2 billion in revenue and offices in more than 100 cities worldwide. Liz received the 2019 Charles Waldo Haskins Award for business and public service from NYU’s Stern School of Business, the American Heart Association’s 2020 Health Equity Leadership Award, the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ 2021 Vertex Award for changing the face and direction of women’s high-growth entrepreneurship, the American Heart Association’s 2022 Woman Changing the World Award, Trinity College’s 2022 Kathleen O’Connor Boelhouwer ’85 Alumni Initiative Award, the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s 2023 Angel of Hope Award, and the 2023 Entreprenista 100 Award. Liz has been recognized as a NOW Woman of Power & Influence, American Express’ and Entrepreneur magazine’s Woman of the Year, and one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women every year since the list’s inception. Elting is the bestselling author of Dream Big and Win: Translating Passion into Purpose and Creating a Billion-Dollar Business.

The Elizabeth Elting Foundation strives to break down systemic barriers.

In 2018, Elting founded the Elizabeth Elting Foundation with a powerful mission: to eliminate systemic barriers, bridge gaps, and promote systemic change for women and other underserved communities. This foundation empowers individuals of all backgrounds to succeed, thrive, and achieve their full potential.

Elting’s recognitions and awards include:

  • Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Customer Service
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • American Express Entrepreneur magazine Woman of the Year Award
  • Distinguished Alumnae Award from NYU Stern’s Women in Business
  • Women Worth Watching Award from Diversity Journal
  • Trinity College Alumni Medal for Excellence and Gary McQuaid Award
  • Enterprising Women magazine Enterprising Women of the Year Award
  • National Organization for Women’s Women of Power & Influence Award
  • 2019 Charles Waldo Haskins Award for Business and Public Service from NYU’s Stern School of Business
  • American Heart Association’s 2020 Health Equity Leadership Award
  • The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ 2021 Vertex Award for changing the face of women’s high-growth entrepreneurship
  • American Heart Association’s 2022 Woman Changing the World Award
  • Trinity College’s 2022 Kathleen O’Connor Boelhouwer ’85 Alumni Initiative Award. 

Furthermore, she has been named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women every year since the list’s inception. 

Elting’s commitment to giving back to the community is evident through her community involvement.

Elting serves on the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Directors and the Trinity College Board of Trustees. She is a founding member of Trinity’s Women’s Leadership Council and the Marjorie Butcher Circle. Additionally, she is a regular speaker at both NYU and Columbia Business Schools. Elting serves on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women National Leadership Council, the Sandy Hook Promise Leadership Council, and the Board of Directors of Girls Learning Advanced Math (GLAM). She founded the Elting Family Research Fund in 2017 to support initiatives for the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation.

Elting is the author of the book Dream Big and Win: Translating Passion into Purpose and Creating a Billion Dollar Business. Her profile appears in books such as:

  • American Dream: Interviews with Industry-Leading Professionals by Jason Navallo
  • The New York Times bestseller Succeed by Your Own Terms (McGraw-Hill)
  • Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs (Dearborn Trade Publishing)
  • Straight Talk About Starting and Growing Your Business (McGraw-Hill). 

She is regularly featured in the media, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O, The Oprah MagazineThe Financial Times, Reader’s DigestHuffington Post, and Crain’s New York Business.

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