Global CEO, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, philanthropist, Feminist

Liz Elting

 
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Get to Know Liz

Introduction

Liz Elting is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of TransPerfect, the world’s largest privately owned language solutions company, with over $500 million in revenue and offices in more than 90 cities. Living, studying, and working in five countries by the age of 25, Liz identified a need in the translation industry to provide a service-focused enterprise that could provide end-to-end solutions for companies doing business globally, leading her to start TransPerfect out of an NYU dorm room with no outside funding. Today, the global firm has more than 4,000 employees, over 11,000 clients, including Marriott, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Ralph Lauren and Paul Weiss, and has been recognized for developing the industry standard for linguist certification as an eight-time recipient of the Inc. 5000 award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a winner of World Trade Week’s Global Technology Award, and a recipient of multiple Stevie Awards.

Liz has been recognized as a "Woman of Power & Influence" by the National Organization for Women, an “Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Enterprising Women, a “Woman of the Year” by American Express and Entrepreneur Magazine, an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, a "Woman Worth Watching" by Diversity Journal, and is a recipient of the Alumni Medal for Excellence from Trinity College and the Distinguished Alumna Award from NYU's Stern Women in Business. Liz serves as a Trustee of Trinity College, an Advisory Board Member of Enterprising Women, and the Founding Ambassador to AHA’s Circle of Red. Liz is featured regularly in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Financial Times, Reader's Digest, Huffington Post, and Crain's New York Business.

 

Awards And

Accolades

Women of Power & Influence Award – National Organization of Women

Woman of the Year – American Express Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur of the Year – Ernst & Young

Woman Worth Watching – Diversity Journal

Distinguished Alumna – NYU's Stern Women in Business

Alumni Medal for Excellence – Trinity College

America's Richest Self-Made Women – Forbes

Enterprising Women of the Year Award – Enterprising Women

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award – Working Woman Magazine

 
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Making Headlines

Liz Elting is a self-made woman whose success landed her on the FORBES’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. She’s the cofounder and CEO of TransPerfect, one of the world’s largest translation firms. She’s also a linguaphile—by the time she was 25, Elting lived and worked in five countries (Portugal, Spain, Canada, Venezuela and the U.S.) and studied four languages. At 26, armed with her MBA from New York University, she took that “perfect” job that didn’t turn out to be so perfect. But that’s when the romantic entrepreneurial story begins—with her boyfriend, in a NYU dorm room, with no outside funding, TransPerfect was born. Today TransPerfect is valued at over one billion dollars.
— Forbes
With the personal computing revolution and economic globalization taking off, demand was booming. ‘It looked to me like they were going to change the world,’ Elting says. After three years she thought she could be the one to do that. Clients wanted things done faster, more professionally and in more formats. She envisioned a company with offices around the world and the service level of a top-tier bank or law firm. ‘I can be a pioneer in this industry,’ she thought.
— Forbes
Elizabeth Elting sounds like a lot of CEOs when she proclaims that her translation company could one day be a billion-dollar business. Unlike the vast majority, her TransPerfect Translations may have a shot.
— Inc.
Elizabeth Elting began her language services business, TransPerfect, in her New York University dorm room. Watch out, Mark Zuckerberg. In under two decades, she took the company from zero to over $200 million and climbing.
— Forbes


 

In the News

Liz is featured regularly in the media, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), Entrepreneur, Business Insider, The Financial Times, Reader’s DigestHuffington Post, and Crain’s New York Business.


What Those Who Know Her Best Say

She may be one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in North America, but she is the same open and giving person that was my best pal in elementary school. What a message for others to ‘walk to their own beat.’ Keep inspiring, Liz Elting.
— Steffi Black
It is not often in one’s career that they get the chance to work closely and openly with one of the business world’s most accomplished and awarded entrepreneurs. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Liz for over 13 years. No matter how rapidly TransPerfect grew, from a headcount of 100 to 3,000+ during my tenure, Liz never distanced herself from her employees and always had an open-door policy. Many high-performing business leaders are simply too busy or too egotistical to care, so they either ignore things or delegate them to others; not Liz. If I had a problem, she was there to help, if I had a complaint, she was there to listen and if I had an idea, she wanted to know more. More importantly, she would proactively reach out to me to check in and/or be among the first to recognize my efforts. I will always remain thankful to her for her leadership, mentoring and long-standing friendship. I know that I wouldn’t be the successful businessman I am today if it hadn’t been for Liz’s guidance and support along the way. In short, Liz rocks!
— MARCO T. MARINO