Elizabeth McLaughlin

Elizabeth McLaughlin

Entrepreneurship, Leadership

United States

Elizabeth is a visionary and strategic leader that uses entrepreneurship, education and the creation of one’s personal passions to create new futures for communities that have lost their hope. With a passion to build leaders, especially among women and girls, she shows how each of us are gifted with enough potential to make a lasting mark in our histories. Sometimes the greatest opportunities for our destinies come wrapped in the most unlikely packages. If we commit to losing our life for others, we ultimately find our destinies.
Elizabeth believes that we can learn much from the history of those that built strong before us and she is an avid history buff, studying cultures under scholars from the Ancient Near East to the American South, to learn how to restore communities through business, specifically food establishments. She believes in business as mission and centers her restoration efforts for communities around food social enterprises. Using the model of social enterprise to make lasting differences in communities, Elizabeth believes that social enterprises are useful for restoring communities that have lost economic vitality and she will show how specific food enterprises can even heal families and create lasting and sustainable changes for any area.
Her unique and comprehensive model for social enterprise centers around neighborhood food resources and is based in her continued research and her passion for the history of food. She teaches how embracing the truths of food anthropology can unlock keys for new thriving communities. After building a million-dollar restaurant and non-profit organization with zero capital in 2015, she proved her theory that food establishments are critical and central in today’s 21st century for a communities continued vitality and ultimate survival.
Her community restaurants will do more than strengthen the economic climate in which they operate. Elizabeth envisions communities of beacons of hope and love, committed to restoring personal connections, building strong neighbor alliances, strengthening families, healing individuals, providing education and new skills to people and ultimately raising up the next generation of young leaders. With her inclusion of engaging the ever increasing baby boomer generation of seniors who are still very active, she seeks to use the model of mentoring as her main strategy of equipping young leaders, an lost art in many modern day cultures. By re-introducing the science of food anthropology, she is able to show the deep connections between food, agriculture, and thriving societies.
Elizabeth holds a mantra that, “people will support what they help to create.” By using her God-given talents, learned business skills and story-telling, she and her business partner were able to create a winning story that was large enough to invite many people to be a part of the success of their first community restaurant. Elizabeth gladly shares the strategies she and her partner used in their journey and how through her unlimited belief in herself (that was passed down to her by a mentor who taught her leadership) she was able to learn whatever skills she needed to succeed in the building of her first community restaurant in less than a year. Elizabeth is now perfecting her template that is becoming a worldwide mission organization, committed to reconciling communities at-risk, primarily using food social enterprises.
In 2018, Elizabeth wrote and published her first book in 2 months that tells the story of how a man’s faith, food and culture ultimately saved his life and freed him from severe abuse, trauma and future hopelessness. Elizabeth will speak of how writing her book furthered her and her partner’s mission and business deep into the mind of their audience. Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism and is currently working on two master’s degrees. Elizabeth intends to continue using her passion to reconcile communities at- risk through the creation of her model of food social enterprises and has plans to expand her non-profit organization worldwide. Elizabeth has two grown daughters and lives and travels between the Colorado mountains and the Florida oceans.