Founder, The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership; CEO, Gaia Project Consulting, LLC
Described as a “celebrated career coach” and “fearless entrepreneur,” Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin is the CEO of her own worldwide executive coaching and consulting firm, the Founder of The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, and the CEO and Executive Director of 40 Percent and Rising, an organization dedicated to uplifting primary breadwinner women worldwide. Her work has earned the support and recognition of women such as Arianna Huffington, Ali Brown, DailyWorth Founder Amanda Steinberg, and Emerging Women Live Founder Chantal Pierrat, among many others.
Elizabeth has a storied track record of success as a Wall Street lawyer, serial CEO and Entrepreneur, and high-powered Executive Coach. After a fifteen year career as a full-time Wall Street securities litigator and trial lawyer, Elizabeth went on to found her renowned executive coaching and consulting firm that serves senior executives across tech, finance, banking, law, fashion, healthcare, non-profit and consulting on issues of success, leadership and redefining work/life balance.
Elizabeth has been featured in major media such as CNN, Forbes.com, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, IvankaTrump.com, DailyWorth, MindBodyGreen, Ali Brown’s Glambition Radio, corporette.com, Levo League, The Glass Hammer, and The New York Times, among other outlets. She has taught courses to thousands of executives worldwide, including at Columbia Law School. She speaks routinely in corporate and non-profit environments on issues surrounding women, leadership, success and balance.
Elizabeth has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she graduated with honors, was the recipient of the West Bar Publishing Award for Clinical Achievement, and served as the President of the Moot Court Board, among other accolades. She obtained her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, with college honors, where she triple-majored in creative writing, professional writing, and French, won awards for poetry, and completed a Senior Honors Thesis on the work of French feminist theorist Luce Irigaray, including translations from the original French.
It is Elizabeth’s mission in life to change the way that women work from a place of their own empowerment, and to change the world as a result. She lives in New York City with her family