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Liz TracyLiz Tracy

Liz Tracy is the director at HQ Raleigh, the first certified B Corporation co-working space in North Carolina. She works with international students interested in launching their own ventures and facilitates the Innovator’s Program startup accelerator every fall. Born and raised in California, Tracy has lived in Spain and Panama and now calls North Carolina home. She has a passion for the outdoors and a strong interest in helping to build a community with an emphasis on solutions that can create lasting social, economic and environmental value.

What do you like best about your job?

I get to meet so many interesting people every week! HQ Raleigh is often a first stop for new entrepreneurs moving to the area and is a central meeting place for innovators in our community. It is always fun to see who will walk through those doors. Today we had a woman who runs an accelerator in Puerto Rico stop by and work out of our space for a few hours. It is amazing how interconnected this world can be!

What inspires you?

I am blown away by the number of talented people who are brave enough to start something from the ground up. I feel lucky to be surrounded by these hardworking, dynamic people every day! Their energy is what inspires me.

Who is a role model?

DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat, is one of my role models. Investing in people is one of the best decisions a business can make, and she has such a vision for growing a great culture at Red Hat.

What was your biggest challenge this week?

This month, we opened up a new space in Raleigh at 509 W. North Street. A lot of time and intention goes into the creation of each of our spaces. This week, the exciting challenge is moving our members into their new offices.

Favorite N.C. vacation spot?

Surf City or the Outer Banks. I was born and raised in California where the water is freezing, and I love that in North Carolina the ocean is like a giant bathtub in the summer. I find any excuse to get out on my paddleboard or into the water!

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