about the founder


Elizabeth Trotman

Elizabeth Trotman is the founder and CEO of Polished31, a consulting firm focused on supporting women and girls. She has worked for nonprofit organizations for more than 15 years, leading several community initiatives focused on improving the lives of children and families by focusing on education, health and wellness, workforce development, safety entrepreneurship, and place-based neighborhood development.

Elizabeth's professional background includes strategic planning, community engagement, marketing, branding, communication, program and report development and more than 20 years of event planning experience. She has developed and delivered events ranging from award ceremonies, donor recognition and women-focused events to networking receptions, graduations, televised events with nationally-recognized speakers including Geoffrey Canada, Paul Tough, Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. Pedro Noguera. She also helped develop and lead a citywide volunteer event involving more than 28,000 participants, and initiated the development of a statewide summit featuring White House speakers discussing the needs, challenges and opportunities for boys of color.

Elizabeth has received and delivered training modules on a variety of topics including meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, board service, professional presentation and image, speech communication and more.  She has worked with various audiences including corporate leaders, community partners, education stakeholders, government officials, board members and nonprofit organizations. She has directed multiple volunteer efforts and for several years served as the leader of a faith-based image, character and leadership development program for girls 8-16. Elizabeth holds a bachelor of arts in public relations with a minor in speech communication from Otterbein College. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Anthony, and she is the proud stepmom of one daughter, Camille.