Our Story: Hortensia Albertini's Dream

GLT-History-Page-Image-Hortensia.AlbertiniHortensia Albertini founded Global LT as a home-based language training company in 1979 with nothing more than a phone and a filing cabinet. More than three decades later, our company has grown into a leading global provider of language training, multicultural training, translation and destination services, serving multinational businesses around the world and providing services on every continent, excluding Antarctica. Global LT remains headquartered in Troy, Mich., U.S.A., where the company was founded, with entities in Brazil, China, Hong Kong and the U.K.

Hortensia was born in Cuba, immigrating to the United States with her family in the early 1960s. As a young adult immigrant, she worked to support her family by teaching Spanish to nonnative speakers. Hortensia soon discovered that she had a gift for providing language training to the business community and was inspired to found her own language training company, Langua Tutor. The company’s first client, Ford Motor Co., has maintained its relationship with the company ever since.

Today, Hortensia’s daughter, Lisette Poletes, continues her legacy as the owner and CEO of Global LT — our company name since 2004. Lisette has been instrumental in adding new Global LT entities in countries across the globe. As a result, many employees consider the transition the culmination of Hortensia’s immigrant story: the realization of the American dream, followed by the passing of that dream to the next generation. Yet it is also a sign of our continued commitment to our clients and our employees, whom we serve through unwavering service, training and support. As we look to the future, it is this commitment that will drive our success for decades to come.

Check out some articles and videos of our amazing founder, Hortensia Albertini here:

CBS Detroit – Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Article 2011

Ernst & Young Interview 2011

Smart Business Article 2011

Smart Business Interview 2012

WJR Women Who Lead Podcast – Class of 2012


“Our experience with Global LT has been a very positive one. Their attention to detail and quick follow up are two key attributes Global LT possesses that we greatly appreciate. When Global LT is involved, we have no doubt that our international employees will have a successful and comfortable transition to the U.S. for their assignments.”

Detroit Diesel

“Your employees picked up my needs during conversations and implemented them. I learned for example during my orientation tour, where I can find a stable for English horseback riding style, although I just mentioned that I like horses. Your employee, has at all times been very committed, helpful, competent and available for every question and problem. Your employees’ commitment exceeds the regular responsibilities! Thanks very much to all parties involved!”

Manuela – Corporate Relocation

“We have used Global LT for Language Training, Intercultural Training, Settling-in (including realtor) Services. We have found Global LT to be excellent / knowledgeable / professional in the services they provide, as well as flexible and very willing and able to customize to our expatriates’ needs. States we have used them in are Michigan, Alabama, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Florida, California,Georgia, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.”

Siemens Shared Services

“Our expectations were more than met and we feel very well prepared for the time in Chattanooga. We feel really welcome and look forward to our new “home on time”. Fears or uncertainties have existed prior to our pre-assignment trip are all eliminated now.”

Assignee Family relocating from Germany to Chattanooga, TN

“I am very happy with my instructor! She is very patient and her teaching skills are excellent. The idea of using small videos from the internet is helpful in enforcing what we learn during the class. Instructional material is fine and is relevant to learning conversation. May be the use of flash cards or cheat sheets could be helpful that I can refer after my class. Some basic writing can be introduced so we are a little familiar.”

Language Student in Singapore