Global CEO, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, philanthropist, Feminist

Liz Elting

 
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Get to Know Liz

Introduction

Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is a New York-based philanthropist and businesswoman, recognized for her outstanding entrepreneurship and focus on developing women business leaders. An accomplished business leader, Elting co-founded TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of language and business solutions. Headquartered in New York City, the company has over $600 million in revenues and more than 4,000 employees in over 90 cities around the globe. Elting’s recognitions and awards include the Working Woman “Entrepreneurial Excellence” Award for Customer Service, the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, the American Express-Entrepreneur Magazine “Woman of the Year” Award, the "Distinguished Alumnae" Award from NYU Stern's Women in Business, the “Women Worth Watching” Award from Diversity Journal, and most recently, the "Women of Power & Influence" Awards by the National Organization for Women.

Elting has been profiled in books including 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), and Straight Talk About Starting and Growing Your Business (McGraw-Hill). She is featured regularly in the media, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Financial Times, Reader’s DigestHuffington 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