The Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express Recognize Akorbi as the 12th Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Company Globally

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Akorbi's 12th place ranking was a significant leap from its 30th spot in 2015.

Claudia Mirza (CEO of Akorbi) and Jodi Marsh (SVP of Ivie)

Akorbi’s fast and impressive growth was celebrated during the Women Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 2016 Annual Conference, in partnership with American Express. On April 8th, hundreds of business owners and executives from around the world gathered at the dinner and awards ceremony held at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate the impressive growth and success of the world’s 50 fastest-growing, women-owned/led companies. The awards ceremony was part of the WPO’s 3-day conference, which took place April 7 – 9.

This year, Akorbi was ranked #12. It was a significant leap from its #30 spot in 2015. Akorbi joined four other Dallas-area companies in the coveted list, including Pinnacle Group (#2), Ivie & Associates, Inc. (#11), Point 2 Point Global Security, Inc. (#19) and Anserteam Workforce Solutions (#46).

According to the WPO, applicants do not have to be WPO members. All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the 50 fastest-growing companies were selected. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies and to have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2011 and $2 million in 2015.

More about the 2016 50 Fastest:

  • Average Age: 49
  • CEOs that founded the business: 92%
  • Listed companies that do business globally: 44%
  • Provide health insurance: 92%
  • Plan to continue to grow their company: 90%
  • State hiring the best talent as their biggest business challenge: 44%

“We are very grateful for this incredible recognition from the Women Presidents’ Organization, an organization I greatly value for many reasons, including the support and wisdom I receive from other members,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi. “I’m thrilled to share this recognition with an amazing group of dedicated and hardworking team members, as well as my wonderful partner in life and business, Azam Mirza.”

“This year’s 50 Fastest list represents our most diverse ranking ever, with an immense geographic reach covering 20 states and one international winner in Turkey, as well as industries ranging from energy efficiency services to cybersecurity and engineering,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of the WPO.

Akorbi employs 670 full-time and part-time people around the world. The company serves an impressive client base, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many Fortune 500 companies.

Akorbi’s success has been recognized worldwide. In June 2015, it became the fastest-growing provider of translation, localization and interpretation services in the U.S. and globally, according to independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory’s 2014-2015 growth figures.

About Akorbi
Akorbi offers multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers a full range of language, localization and global marketing solutions, including: professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning and eDiscovery. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification. For more information, visit or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit Follow WPO on Twitter (@womenpresidents) and like us on Facebook.

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