Our Story -
About The International Social Impact Institute®
At The International Social Impact Institute® (The ISII), we have a rich and transformative story that spans decades. It all began with our founder’s education at The United Nations International School, Syracuse University iSchool, and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and her experiences in the tech marketing industry, where she worked with one of the leading computer manufacturers at the time. These formative experiences laid the foundation for our journey towards driving global social impact enabled by emerging technologies, with a commitment to service excellence.
Inspired by these experiences, our founder, Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi, became passionate about making a difference and addressing the challenges faced by marginalized leaders and organizations in the US and developing countries. Drawing upon her extensive experience in the social impact space, including running a consulting firm, serving as a turnaround CEO, and teaching nonprofits, Liz recognized the urgent need for accessible funding opportunities, educational resources, and essential networks for these organizations and leaders.
In 2020, Liz founded The International Social Impact Institute® (ISII) with a clear mission: to inspire, connect, activate, and transform institutions and individuals striving for a more equitable and sustainable world. Guided by our core values of Interconnectedness, Social Justice, Gratitude, Inclusivity, Integrity, Sustainability, and Service Excellence, ISII works to foster global ecosystems that magnify the impacts of these entities, enabling them to articulate and share their stories while forming powerful alliances that amplify their impact.