While working at the International Service Center, Eliz Nestorov saw the demand for resources and guidance for nonprofit organizations. “New Not-For-Profit organizations are very vulnerable when they first establish because they need help choosing the right board, applying the right community outreach strategy, developing campaigns, etc. All of these aspects require training and extensive knowledge to be successful,” says Eliz. “That’s how AKAEVA Consulting LLC was born – a platform where these impassioned visionaries could transform their aspirations into tangible nonprofit organizations.”
Today, her business has provided the key to success for many entrepreneurs and continues to fulfill her overall mission. “My goal is to have a lasting impact on the lives of others. I hope to inspire social responsibility and encourage more people to take action in making a positive difference in the world,” she said. Watching these leaders grow their organizations to support their communities and instill a deep empathy is the most rewarding aspect for Eliz.
One influential individual who sparked this passion for social change in Eliz is Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian International Civil Servant and former Secretary-General of the United Nations. She met Mr. Annan at a global leadership conference where he was the keynote speaker. “His passion, insights, and compelling vision for change in the world resonated deeply with me,” said Eliz.”
While a lack of resources and initial capital still pose an issue, Eliz wants to share her wealth of knowledge with other prospective entrepreneurs looking to grow professionally. “I believe it’s crucial to share insights and advice to empower other women striving to excel in their fields,” she said.
“Firstly, never underestimate the power of continuous learning. Embrace a growth mindset and stay curious; the world constantly evolves, and staying informed is key. Secondly, network strategically. Building genuine relationships within your industry can lead to opportunities you might not have discovered otherwise. Thirdly, find your voice and use it. Don’t shy away from sharing your unique perspective and insights, as your voice is a valuable addition to the conversation. Lastly, remember to prioritize self-care. It’s easy to get consumed by professional goals, but maintaining your physical and mental well-being is essential for long-term success.”
Her love of helping others came from an influential person in her life, her mother. Eliz’s mother was a single parent navigating parenthood and the many challenges in Bulgaria while Eliz was growing up. Her perseverance and love supported Eliz to follow her dreams. “She has always supported my goals in life and inspired me to better myself at everything I do,” explained Eliz. “Who I am today is because of her – the woman who shaped me into a strong, hard-working, courageous, and dedicated woman.”
Sharing that love of support and inspiration with other women, Eliz joined IAW and is the Vice President of the Washington, D.C. Local Chapter of the International Association of Women. She was amazed at finding a community of passionate women who give so much to each other.
“Being a member of IAW, a professional women’s organization, is nothing less than an empowering and enriching experience. It is a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who inspire, support, and uplift each other. The IAW network opened doors to mentorship, career opportunities, and friendships instrumental in my personal and professional growth. Being part of this dynamic community expanded my horizons and instilled a profound confidence and purpose in me as a professional woman.”
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