Sep 13, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Business Chronicle is out with its 2019 class of emerging leaders in Atlanta and has included Georgia Tech’s Ling-Ling Nie, general counsel and vice president for Ethics and Compliance.
As one of the publication’s 40 Under 40, she’s part of a group that includes entrepreneurs, industry leaders, nonprofit executives, and public servants. And for someone who grew up in the Atlanta area, it’s a particularly meaningful honor.
“I am a product of the Gwinnett County School System, where my mother worked for over 25 years, and I graduated from the University of Georgia,” she said. “I moved away for law school and started my legal career outside of Georgia but always intended to come back to Atlanta at some point. So, to be recognized here in Atlanta is very special, because this is home for me.”
The Business Chronicle received more than 400 nominations for this year’s 40 Under 40, an annual list that celebrates professionals who’ve demonstrated leadership and are committed to making Atlanta a better place.
For Nie, that means continuing to build the region’s global influence and foster a diverse community with people from all parts of the world.
“I share President Cabrera’s goal to help maintain Georgia Tech’s reputation as an international player and bring those global experiences here to our campus community and the city,” Nie said. “That broader, more inclusive perspective is what will help keep Atlanta on its upward trajectory.”
Nie’s career has included stints at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the United States Mint. She came to Georgia Tech earlier this year from Panasonic Corporation of North America, where she was chief compliance officer and assistant general counsel.
The Business Chronicle will honor the entire 2019 40 Under 40 class at an event in November. This is the second time this year that Nie has been named to such a list: The University of Georgia Alumni Association also selected her for its 40 Under 40 Class of 2019. Nie said both honors highlight that society’s expectations about success are changing.
“All of the honorees are examples of how you can make an impact even in the earlier stages of your career,” she said. “I think we all share a strong sense of purpose and are not discouraged by setbacks.”