Ugandan American Business Leader Talks Career Transitions and Changing Dialogue on Africa

Meet modern-day revolutionary, Liz Ngonzi, a Ugandan-born international connector and communicator with a master plan to challenge myths about Africa and the diverse people who make up its 55 unique countries. Ngonzi develops online and traditional marketing strategies and training programs for both the U.S. and international nonprofits. She is also the founder / CEO of Amazing Taste LLC and an adjunct faculty member at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

TEDx CornellU Talk: Want Your Enterprise to Change the World? Start with Yourself

In this talk social entrepreneur, Liz Ngonzi, shares her journey to finding greater meaning in life. She takes you from the conundrum of success, lots of resume accomplishments from an Ivy League school, to Fortune 100 jobs, to a top notch client roster, to honors and awards, but feeling deeply something big was missing. It took three months living in a blue tent at an Ashram to find what it was. Share the journey, discover what she came to know and see how she hopes it will inspire you to find your own path to balance and joy. LIZ NGONZI is a connector, cultivator, and communicator with over 20 years of experience facilitating strategic relationships, developing and strengthening brands, and inspiring personal transformation. Over ten years ago, Liz founded Amazing Taste, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that leverages her international rolodex and extensive branding and teaching experience to facilitate relationships between nonprofit organizations, corporations, the media, and funders to meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives through marketing and fundraising campaigns, along with educational activities. Amazing Taste has advised organizations in the US and Africa—focused on gender and human rights, environmental issues, public health, youth development, and education. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Wilson Center Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change Through Technology and Innovation

Ms. Liz Ngonzi, Adjunct Professor at the NYU Heyman Center and international entrepreneur, focused her discussion on “paying it forward.” As someone who was born in Uganda and has had mentors guide her in her own life, Ngonzi places high importance on helping future generations of African leaders achieve their own goals, particularly girls. She explained the philosophy of “Ubuntu” – meaning I am because of who we all are – is a necessity when providing support to someone through mentorship, sponsorship, coaching or board membership.

Syracuse University iSchool Event Ennouncement – BLISTS Alumni Reunion Event Features Ngonzi ’92, on Africa, Tech, and Women”

“Africa, Tech and Women: The New Faces of Development,” is the topic of this year’s keynote presentation for the School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) Orange Central/BLISTS Annual Alumni Reunion event.

Slated for Friday, November 9, the day of speakers, panel programs, and alumni-student networking features a diverse group of iSchool graduates who are visiting to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

“Alumni bring a diverse and valuable perspective from applying their degrees in the real world and sharing how the skills and knowledge gained at the School have played out in their various careers,” noted Barbara Settel, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.

The event also allows alumni the opportunity to become updated on what current students are experiencing and how far the school has come, she said. Settel noted that many alumni attended the iSchool when it existed without its current home in Hinds Hall, and without newer programs such as studies in data science, entrepreneurship and social media. “To come here and see how the school is functioning on the cutting edge, to hear students talk about their startups and attending Spring Break in Silicon Valley, you can’t put a price on that,” she acknowledged. “This event keeps alumni connected to the school, and as we extend the reputation of the school, that extends the reputation of every graduate’s degree. Being here helps them appreciate where they’ve come from, where they’ve gone to, and the value of their degree,” Settel observed.

Presenting the day’s keynote address is Elizabeth “Liz” Ngonzi (IST, B.S.,’92), who will discuss the myriad ways African women now are applying technology (including the use of social media, mobile advertising, internet connectivity and digital advocacy) to advance the continent’s development.

As founder and CEO of Amazing Taste, a values-led consulting firm, Ngonzi is an international expert on technology and development and a recognized authority on women/minorities in entrepreneurship and leadership, and how technological innovations advance causes and empower disenfranchised people.

Through her consultancy, she connects nonprofits, corporations and philanthropists to jointly achieve their strategic objectives. The firm has advised domestic and international educational institutions, gender rights organizations, healthcare foundations, political campaigns and youth development organizations, and works frequently with NGOs to advance the status of African women and girls and to improve their communities. Ngonzi also is the 2011-2012 Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and teaches fundraising technology at New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Originally from Uganda, she spent 10 years in corporate marketing, sales and business consulting management, working at Digital Equipment Corporation, MICROS Systems, Inc., and Arthur Andersen.

National Girlfriends’ Networking Day Women’s Leadership Event

National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections.

Join thousands of women around the country by attending interactive, networking events. We’ll feature a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing how to plan your career path, and then taking questions via social media from nationwide participants. Featuring Liz Ngonzi, CEO of Amazing Taste LLC and NYU Adjunct Professor.

NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising Joins Connect4Climate as Knowledge Partner

NYU Heyman center for philanthropy and fundraising partners with World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world.

New York University’s George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (NYUHC) is the latest educational institution to partner with the World Bank and a broad range of partners in Connect4Climate (C4C): a campaign, a competition, and a community dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world.  The C4C global partnership initiative uses social media and the web to give voice to local stakeholders who have stories to tell about climate change.

C4C’s goal is to create a participatory open knowledge platform that engages the global community in climate change conversation to drive local action. In just nine months, C4C has created a Facebook community of nearly 300,000 followers. Across multiple social media platforms and the site, C4C’s weekly online reach is between 4 to 6 million.

According to NYU Heyman Center’ Executive Director  Naomi Levine: “Our  faculty is in a unique position to contribute its expertise in cause marketing, digital advocacy and fundraising, to help advance solutions to this key issue, affecting our planet and future survival.  The C4C partnership will also enable us to provide access to our distance learning courses designed to help nonprofits and activists better engage their supporters.” Upcoming Heyman Center online courses are Always On/Always There: Leveraging Mobile Applications and Engaging Supporters, taught online by faculty member, Elizabeth Ngonzi (C4C partnership liaison) on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:30pm  ET, June 6 – June 27; and Fundraising Concepts and Practices, available May 21 – August 10 (10 sessions individually arranged), accessible to anyone around the world via Internet.

Lucia Grenna, C4C Program Manager, sees the partnership with NYUHC as a vehicle to provide educators, students and activists around the world with access to critical strategies and tactics that will help them  activate policy makers and increase stakeholder engagement in a meaningful manner, so as to lead help address climate change issues more effectively.  Other U.S. educational institutions participating in C4C include: Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence-Climate Co-Lab, and Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Hotelie Prompts Nonprofits Worldwide to Think More Entrepreneurially

When Elizabeth Ngonzi, MMH ’98, was 10, she traveled to Copenhagen with her mother to attend the United Nations’ second World Conference on Women, a gathering of thousands working for equality, development and peace. This is when her love for activism began. Liz Ngonzi has devoted herself to helping others organize their stories and digital ecosystem to accomplish their dreams and goals.

Liz Ngonzi’s Introductory Remarks for April 20th Connect4Climate ‘Local Climate, Global Change: Development Communication in a social media landscape’ Forum

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”

Ewe-Mina (African) Proverb

Liz Ngonzi’s introductory remarks for April 20th Connect4Climate ‘Local Climate, Global Change: Development Communication in a social media landscape’ forum.

SXSW 2012 Panels: African Women in Tech

Moderator: TMS Ruge Cofounder Project Diaspora


Deborah Ensor – VP, Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs, Internews

Ebele Okobi – Dir, Business Yahoo! Inc

Isis Nyong’o – VP & MD, Africa, InMobi Africa

Liz Ngonzi – Technology Faculty New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising


iSchool Grad on Africa, Tech and Women Panel at SXSW

A School of Information Studies (iSchool) graduate who applies her iSchool background to help African women and girls empower themselves through technology is presenting on “Africa, Tech & Women – The New Faces of Development” at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, on Monday, March 12.

Elizabeth “Liz” Ngonzi (IST, B.S.,’92) described the panel as offering “a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development.” The presentation aims to dispel myths about African women as “needy,” and will illustrate how they are working to effect change through digital technology, social media, mobile advertising, and internet connectivity, she said. Panelists will discuss how increased access to information is altering the role of women in African society, will cite contributions of African women in the technology field, and will provide insights into how, using the latest technologies, a variety of advocates raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.


SXSW 2012 Forecast: Let’s Hear It For The Girls

This panel provides a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development. The panel aims to dispel the myths about African women as breeders and victims — incapable of participating in their own continent’s development, by showcasing contributions they are making in the technology field and providing insights into how they are using technology to raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.

Speakers: Deborah Ensor, Ebele Okobi, Isis Nyong’o, Liz Ngonzi, TMS Ruge

New Students and New Ventures in the Pillsbury Institute

One of the newest start-ups to come out of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship this academic year is The Ithaca Hummus Company, which was founded this semester by Chris Kirby ’15. Kirby, who transferred to the school this spring, recognized the high demand in the Ithaca market for locally prepared products and decided to capitalize on that demand with a healthy alternative to traditional snack foods.

“When I arrived at Cornell, one of the first stops I made on campus was the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. I do most of my work right in the Pillsbury Institute because of the tremendous support I’ve received there. Within five minutes of my first entrepreneur-in-residence meeting with Liz Ngonzi ’98, I was connected with her SHA classmate, Bob Langkammerer, regional executive chef for Wegmans. The Pillsbury Institute is an invaluable resource for any student at Cornell interested in starting their own business.”

Fundraising Expert, Elizabeth Ngonzi Provides Key Tips for Nonprofits

Since 2001, Elizabeth Ngonzi, founder and CEO of Amazing Taste, LLC has used her marketing expertise and social media to help organizations develop and manage strategic alliances, produce events and secure fundraising through social media. Ngonzi’s clients have included the United Nations, the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and more.  Presently she also teaches a popular course on online fundraising strategies at New York  University. Rolling out spoke with Ngonzi about how she manages to keep nonprofits thriving and fulfilling their purpose.