Elizabeth Ghaffari is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Technology Place Inc., a California-based company that provides technical consulting services for business clients in need of successful e-business strategies and enhanced electronic communications with customers and business partners. Ghaffari also runs Champion Boards, established to foster the design of great boards of directors through knowledge and information, with a special emphasis on the advancement of top-level women to corporate board roles. She is the author of Outstanding in their Field: How Women Corporate Directors Succeed (Praeger, 2009) consisting of interviews and lessons from 15 female corporate directors at Fortune 1000 firms in California. She writes for major business journals and blogs on the topic of corporate governance and diversity. Ghaffari received her master s degree in management from the Anderson School of Business, University of California at Los Angeles, and her bachelor of science degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C.