Chief, the private network designed for the most powerful women executives, announced that it will expand nationally. Beginning today, Chief will welcome qualified applicants throughout the U.S. to join its influential executive network. Since launching in New York in 2019, Chief’s membership has grown to over 10,000 senior women leaders in seven cities, with a waitlist of 40,000 executives from across the country.
“Our mission is to change the face of leadership”
More than 60% of Fortune 100 companies have Chief members in their ranks, with members collectively managing $220 billion of the U.S. economy. C-Suite, senior executives, and accomplished VPs are evaluated for membership based on seniority, professional experience, background, and impact, as well as a demonstrated history of supporting others along the way.
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The network’s 10,000+ members from 6,500+ companies, non-profits, and organizations include leaders from Google, Nike, HBO, Pfizer, Disney, Verizon, UNICEF, Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz, Zoom, LVMH, Doctors Without Borders, Peloton, Harvard University, Cartier, Accenture, Netflix, The New York Times, Square, Chanel, Allstate, Doordash, Humana, American Express, DVF, NBCUniversal, Lockheed Martin, Walmart, IDEO, and NASA.
“Women at the helm of companies are navigating extraordinary challenges without a playbook, and now more than ever they need the support, camaraderie, and insights from their peers. We’re building a bigger table so more women can pull up a chair,” said Carolyn Childers, Co-Founder and CEO of Chief. “By welcoming Chief members on a national level, we will grow the collective power of women leaders to create meaningful change from the top down.”
Chief members gain access to:
- A powerful network of peers, vetted support system, and business critical insights to help them strengthen their leadership and magnify their influence.
- Core, a hyper-curated peer group that understands the unique challenges of the executive journey and helps navigate and accelerate one another’s leadership experience. The group meets on a regular cadence and is facilitated by a seasoned executive coach.
- Workshops designed specifically to address the timely challenges business leaders are facing, taught by world class business school professors, on topics such as economic forecasting, operationalizing DEI, creating psychological safety, and the future of digital disruption.
- Legendary conversations with the most influential business leaders and cultural icons, including Stacey Abrams, Amal Clooney, Indra Nooyi, Adam Grant, Barbara Corcoran, Kara Swisher, Issa Rae, Mellody Hobson, Diane von Furstenberg, Gloria Estefan, and Sara Blakely.
- Community groups, 1-1 connections, and virtual and in-person community meetups across topics, industries, identities, and activities, to connect leaders over powerful ideas.
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Annual Chief membership starts at $5,800 for VP-level and $7,900 for C-Level. The majority of Chief members are sponsored by their employers. Members can opt into Chief+ membership to gain an all-access pass to Chief’s Flagship clubhouses, located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco (coming in summer 2022). In these Flagships, members can host clients, reserve meeting rooms, enjoy drinks, and connect with other Chief members.
“Our mission is to change the face of leadership,” said Lindsay Kaplan, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Chief. “We know many businesses are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, but it is difficult to see meaningful progress when women and underrepresented people are constantly facing new setbacks. We believe these challenges cannot be solved by individual companies alone, and women executives need to come together to lead the way.”
Chief has raised $40 million in funding from investors including Ken Chenault of General Catalyst and Alexa von Tobel of Inspired Capital, who both serve on the company’s board. Additional investors include Primary Venture Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners, GGV Capital, Able Partners, and Box Group.