Liz Ngonzi is an accomplished social entrepreneur, educator, and global speaker who is passionate about empowering individuals and communities to drive positive change. As a proud Hotelie, she holds a Master of Management in Hospitality degree in Services Marketing from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is committed to using her expertise to make a difference in the world.
In 2020, Liz founded The International Social Impact Institute®, an organization that delivers events, training, and consulting services to help institutions and individuals access the resources, knowledge, and networks they need to build an ecosystem of like-minded stakeholders with whom they can collaborate to make the world more equitable and sustainable. The Institute has partnered with numerous organizations worldwide, including the Cornell University Mastercard Hanga Ahazaza Initiative, the GivingTuesday Starling Collective, the JCC Association of North America, and the Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program.
Liz also leads her own global speaking and executive coaching firm, Liz Ngonzi Transforms. Through customized talks, interactive training programs, and coaching services, she equips people with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to make a meaningful impact.
Liz has been widely recognized for her contributions to social entrepreneurship and advocacy. She is a 2019 cohort member of the “Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD 100) and a 2017 recipient of the African Diaspora Awards “Advocate of the Year” Award. In 2016, she was featured by WeWork Creator Magazine as one of its “40 Over 40” leaders, and she has been a member of the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women since 2011, for which she previously served as Communications Chair.
As an educator, Liz is an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, where she received an NYU SPS 2021 Teaching Excellence Award. She is committed to sharing her knowledge and expertise to inspire the next generation of changemakers.