FORBES, "HOW WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS CAN MAKE A BETTER 2018"

2017 is drawing to a close; it’s been a tough year, but it has also been one of a great deal of progress. Capped by the ongoing reckoning of sexual predation and assault, this year has been the starkest reminder that progress for women tends to be conditional: we get welcomed into the workforce at the price of sexual exploitation, and when that exploitation is challenged, our right to be angry is called into question. It always seems as if it’s one step forward, two steps back. And that may be the case for some time, so long as we let other people set the boundaries of the playing field and write the rules of the game. But this isn’t just the resurfacing of trauma; it’s a truly massive opportunity to level the playing field in some very interesting ways. Because it isn’t really about rights, or laws, or fair treatment; it’s about power.

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FORBES, "HOW TO RESIST THE BACKLASH AGAINST #METOO

This is for my fellow CEOs, managers, supervisors and everyone else out there with hiring and firing power at companies large and small. I didn’t think it was possible for any single story to prove powerful and enduring enough to distract from the mess in Washington, but the harassment and predation reckoning unfolding throughout politics and media has done exactly that. It’s been so dominant a narrative since the Weinstein story went from being an open secret to a full-blown movement that TIME Magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year. While it’s certainly been painful for victims of abuse to endure the constant airing of so much trauma, there’s another dimension to this that hasn’t faced nearly enough scrutiny.

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FORBES, "WHY LEADERS MUST USE SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBLY"

We live in a social world. Think about it; the president’s tweets are required reading that shape both domestic policy and international relations and almost never fail to shock. From openly mocking the leader of North Korea to passive-aggressive snipes at basketball players to threatening freedom of the press, the president is not and has never been shy when it comes to Twitter – to an almost alarming degree. Social media is a hitherto-unknown new channel by which leaders can communicate and engage with the people they serve, and the question we’re now faced with is what exactly constitutes its responsible usage?

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FORBES, "HOW BOARDS CAN CHALLENGE PREDATORS IN THE OFFICE

The last few weeks have been fraught with the continued (and often long overdue) exposure of serial predators across nearly every industry. What started with Harvey Weinstein has expanded into an entire movement to (rightfully) name, shame and exile people who use their positions of power to sexually exploit and abuse people. Again and again, it is private companies that have to make determinations about what, if any, form of action they wish to take. In this climate, there’s a conversation that needs to be had: what is the function of a company’s board of directors in regard to acting on allegations and ensuring a safe environment for all employees – and where do women fit into the equation?

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FORBES, "A CEO AND SELF-MADE WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BEING THE BOSS

I’ve been running a company for a long time; we started TransPerfect out of a dorm room when I was still in my twenties, and that was half my life ago. I didn’t have years of slow promotions behind me where I could learn the ropes or career mentors to shepherd me along. No, like so many entrepreneurs, I dove brazenly into deep waters and forced myself to swim. hat sort of courage is exactly what drives people to go into business for themselves: the willingness to risk everything for the chance to forge their own destinies. So for every entrepreneur, for every mid-level manager with dreams of advancement, and for every up-and-coming startup founder, I want to offer some kind words of advice: the five best things I ever learned about how to lead effectively.

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FORBES, "US TOO: HOW COMPANIES MUST DEAL WITH SERIAL PREDATORS"

It was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret: Harvey Weinstein was a serial sexual predator. He spent decades using his power to abuse women, confident that his position in the industry would insulate him from consequences; why would they speak out, when doing so could mean throwing their careers away? And over the last week and a half, we’ve heard countless stories from countless women – and men! – about the very same thing happening to them, in Hollywood and beyond. And it has prompted a very frank appraisal, not only of harassment and abuse within the entertainment business, but within our society at large. The #MeToo hashtag made clear just how widespread the problem is.

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WOMEN IN THE WORLD: SHESUITE IN DISCUSSION WITH LIZ ELTING

Meet Liz Elting, the co-CEO of TransPerfect. She’s ranks at No. 39 on the Forbes list of America’s wealthiest self-made women, and has a higher net worth than titans of the music industry like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. She’s also a mother of two. In the latest episode of She-Suite, Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown interviews Elting about what exactly TransPerfect does and how it’s allowed her to amass such remarkable wealth. Elting also discusses the top skills that have allowed her to flourish and become the success that she is. And she says it’s good for women to be bossy at work “because that’s how you get to the be the boss.” She adds, “A leader needs to take charge and be the boss.”

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TRANSPERFECT CEO AND NYU STERN ALUMNA LIZ ELTING TO SPEAK AT "WOMEN ON BOARDS" PANEL AT NYU'S 2017 ALUMNI WEEKEND

Liz Elting, Co-Founder and CEO of TransPerfect as well as a tireless advocate for women in corporate settings, will be participating in an informative panel of women business leaders, "Women on Boards," on Saturday, October 21 during the 2017 NYU Alumni Weekend. Hosted by the NYU Stern School of Business, "Women on Boards" will feature well-known Stern alumnae who are currently serving on both nonprofit and corporate boards of directors, helping to guide major organizations in often revolutionary new ways. Presented by the NYU Stern Women in Business Alumnae Committee, this imperative panel will feature an engaging discussion on the importance of women serving on boards and in primary leadership positions in organizations large and small, as well as the unique challenges women in these positions face.

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B2B NXT, "ANTICIPATING INNOVATION"

Every entrepreneur dreams of the moment they’ll make it to the Inc5000, a signal of success and industry recognition. We’re interviewing B2B Inc5000 companies to crack the code of HOW to get on the list (and ideally stay on!). This series will hopefully become the playbook to your success too. Today, we’re interviewing Liz Elting, founder and CEO of TransPerfect.

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FORBES, "WHY BUSINESSES MUST PRIORITIZE WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE"

It’s no secret that there is a massive gender gap in the tech industry. The barriers keeping women from fully engaging in tech and STEM-related industries aren’t unique; they simply get the most attention due to that sector’s explosive growth and prestige. Institutional sexism – sexism codified into policies, often without overt or explicit discriminatory intent – holds women back across the board. It’s something I’ve discussed before: how pervasive biases against assertive or ambitious women both punishes their success and discourages other women from even trying, or how women are forced to outperform men to achieve similar results. But today, in light of the ongoing healthcare debate, I want to discuss the immense, vital importance of healthcare access in ensuring – and advancing – women’s equality in the workplace.

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Forbes, "What Ending DACA Means for Tech and the American Dream"

It is a simple piety to say that America was built by immigrants. The United States, both wealthy and capacious, has in recent decades been a primary destination for Latin American immigration, and with good cause; with homes racked by poverty and political instability, people wanting a future sallied north. They took their children with them, came here, and made lives for themselves. The children, still formally undocumented, grew up and made their own lives. There are numerous reasons to oppose ending DACA, and I stand with a myriad of other leaders in the technology sector in condemning the revocation of a policy designed merely to protect those who have spent their entire lives as productive, law-abiding Americans.

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FORBES, "HOW SILICON VALLEY CAN CUT THE CORD OF WHITE SUPREMACY"

In the face of the rising tide of white supremacism, many are looking to and calling for Silicon Valley to use its power to stand against bigotry. But what responsibility do tech companies have in stopping the spread of hate movements on their platforms? The resurgence of white supremacy as an engaged, politically active social movement has been brewing in the background of our lives for the last few years. Recent events have sparked debate over free speech in the internet era: are companies providing public platforms responsible when people use them to promote hate or engage in targeted abuse? Legally the answer is no, but morally, the answer seems quite clear.

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FORBES, "THE GOOGLE MANIFESTO IS PART OF A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM"

We live in a very interesting moment in history. For decades, the conversation has been one of increasing inclusivity, providing more opportunities for minorities, and reducing gender-based social inequalities. Even where our efforts in these directions were more perfunctory than effective, the overarching cultural discourse saw them as valuable, part of a program to ease inequalities resulting from centuries of marginalization. That’s not to say there has never been opposition. But it does feel as though, in recent years, we’ve seen significant retrograde action. And it’s playing out across every sector of our society. People, in other words, have stopped pretending.

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FORBES, "BUILDING A HUMAN TECH COMPANY"

There is a specter haunting the tech sector. We like to act as if the trick to succeeding in the tech industry is finding that million-dollar idea and then pursuing it with almost reckless abandon. And, let’s not be ridiculous here, that does work a lot of the time in the early stages; we need only look at companies like Microsoft back in its heyday, Uber a couple of years ago, or Google since 1998. These are companies that landed on something special – DOS, a new way to get around, a vision to make the internet easier to navigate –and poured every ounce of energy and drive they had at their disposal into making a great idea into a profitable, effective business. Think of the stereotype. It goes without saying, it seems, that startups run on Red Bull and battery acid.

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FORBES, "THERE ARE DANGEROUSLY FEW WOMEN IN THE BOARDROOM. THAT'S A PROBLEM."

There’s something very interesting going on: women are speaking out. We’re in the middle of an extraordinary cultural moment. For the first time, we’re having a real, expansive, public conversation about the ways, both subtle and overt, that anti-woman bias – or, let’s be entirely frank here, misogyny – affects women on a day-to-day basis. Conversations among women on social media have led to a profound new willingness to speak openly about those discriminatory or aggressive acts both large and small that affect our ability to function in public life. Women are systematically prevented from fully participating in the world; so much of it is still almost exclusively the domain of men, especially at the upper rungs of power.

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GO RED FOR WOMEN LED BY TWO NEW YORK CITY

The American Heart Association announced today that Liz Elting, co-founder/CEO and Jessica Eker, Senior Vice President of TransPerfect, the world’s largest privately held provider of language and technology solutions for global business, will be co-chairs of the year-round Go Red For Women movement in New York City. As co-chairs of the Go Red For Women movement in New York City, Ms. Elting and Eker will champion the issue of women and heart disease and will work to elevate the Go Red For Women mission within the community. “It’s an honor to contribute to the mission of the American Heart Association through their Go Red For Women movement,” said Ms. Elting.

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FORBES, "MILLENNIALS & THE OPPORTUNITY OF INTRAPRENEURSHIP"

Millennials are the future of American business, but not in the way you might think. Let me be absolutely frank about this. I don’t just mean that, demographically, they’ll eventually age into it, although that’s true. I mean that millennials have the drive, skill and hunger to push themselves to succeed in truly massive ways that could drive our entire business economy in unexpected directions. The companies that succeed are the companies that embrace an intrapreneurship model that takes advantage of all the considerable assets millennials bring to the table. Give them the means and watch them change the world.

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FORBES, "WHY (EXACTLY) COMPANIES NEED TO CREATE WOMEN-FRIENDLY WORKPLACES"

Let’s start with a basic fact: being a woman in the workplace isn’t easy. That is an understatement. The march of women from the home to the workplace, which goes all the way back to early industrialization before becoming a central issue for middle-class feminism in the sixties and seventies, is fraught precisely because it represents a collision of deeply ingrained social expectation: the public sphere belongs to men, the private sphere to women. The entire discussion of “women in the workplace” should be treated as ridiculous on its face because it assumes that our presence is somehow new or remarkable, as if we haven’t been working for the entirety of human history.

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UNDERDOG, "LIZ ELTING – CO-FOUNDER & CO-CEO, TRANSPERFECT"

With Elting’s commitment and vision, TransPerfect has been an eight-time recipient of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards, including Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year in 2016. Crain’s New York Business has named TransPerfect one of the largest privately held companies and one of the largest women-owned companies for nine consecutive years. TransPerfect has also been named one of the fastest-growing women-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur and the Women Presidents’ Organization.

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FORBES, "AMERICA'S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN OF 2017"

Forbes’ third annual tally of America’s 60 most successful self-made women has a new number one, two new billionaires, a transgender woman who climbed back into the ranks after a one year absence and five newcomers. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers who made their fortunes in everything from makeup and music to fashion, food and finance and range in age from 27 to 90. All of them, who together are worth a record $61.5 billion, share a passion for their products and how they can help their customers.

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