INSPIRE • CONNECT • ACTIVATE • TRANSFORM
Liz Ngonzi is an award-winning social entrepreneur and educator, and an international speaker and executive coach, who has the privilege of helping purpose-led leaders (and aspiring ones) worldwide to accomplish the seemingly impossible – developing an ecosystem of aligned stakeholders to help them create their impact on the world.
She employs transformational coaching, talks and training — drawing upon her lifelong “distillation” process, a 25+-year multifaceted career, her understanding of our interconnectedness and her excellent recall — to create learning experiences that provide audiences with processes and tools to activate their stakeholders more effectively.
As a leader passionate about empowering youth, women and other historically marginalized people, Liz has through Liz Ngonzi Transforms and The International Social Impact Institute, developed talks, training and coaching programs for them through the Cornell University Mastercard Hanga Ahazaza Initiative; the Cornell University Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives Pre-Professional Program; the CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Youth Action Lab; the GivingTuesday Starling Collective; King Baudouin Foundation United States; Nelson Mandela University; the Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program; and the USAID Power Africa Women in African Power initiative, among others.
Liz is also the curator and moderator of the inaugural Youth Giving Summit (YGS) – a three-part global virtual event, designed to catalyze the impact of young people worldwide, by inspiring, connecting, and activating them to create transformation in their respective communities and worldwide.
Liz has been the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America arm of a Nelson Mandela-endorsed and South Africa-based nonprofit organization; has been an invited member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State; has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the Cornell Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship; has founded and run an international boutique consulting firm that advised academic institutions, associations, human rights and youth development organizations, and multilateral agencies; and has excelled in various corporate roles, including as a business consulting manager with a “Big 5” consulting firm.
A former Communications Chair for the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women, she is also a 2019 cohort member of the “Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD 100); a 2017 recipient of the African Diaspora Awards “Advocate of the Year” Award; was featured in 2016 by WeWork Creator Magazine as one of its “40 Over 40” leaders; and listed in 2015 by BRANDfog as one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter”.
Liz is an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and a recipient of an NYU SPS 2021 Teaching Excellence Award. She holds a Master of Management in Hospitality degree in Services Marketing from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the Syracuse University iSchool and graduated from the United Nations International School, which she attended K through 12.
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