Ellevate Network Squad Applications Now Open for Spring

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Ellevate Network announces applications have opened for leadership development program, Ellevate Squads

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"My Squad has taught me that opening up can lead to supportive exchanges of information and can help me work through my concerns. I have learned that there is power in having a Squad to be able to share with and learn from.”

Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, has opened applications for the newest version of Ellevate Squads, an innovative online program to help ambitious professional women take the next step in their careers by leveraging Ellevate’s community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate Squads are small, diverse groups of ambitious women at similar points in their careers. In this 12-week program, women will learn from each other, make progress toward their goals, and find a group that will hold them accountable for creating their own version of success.

Participants spend 30 minutes each week video conferencing with driven, intelligent women - it’s the best way to get the support and insight professional women need to accomplish their 2019 career goals. 78% of Squads participants said that their Squad gave them ideas, tools, and resources that they didn't have before, and 80% claim that their Squad made them more confident in their career. Nearly half of women who participated reported that it gave them the opportunity to mentor and support other women.

Stephanie Lewis, an Ellevate Squad Mod from the Fall 2018 cohort, said, “More heads are better than one. There was so much value in what every member contributed, in knowledge, wisdom, and experience. Everyone, no matter their background or field, has something to offer.”

Ellevate Squads are available twice per year to Ellevate Network Achiever, Innovator, and Executive Council members; in order to participate in a Squad that meets this Spring, your application must be submitted by February 13.

After a successful launch in October 2017 and three program cycles completed, the Ellevate Squads program has proven to provide tangible value to women in the Ellevate community. The hand-picked groups are designed for members based on specific criteria, such as meeting women in their local region, those with similar career goals and challenges, those outside their usual work environments. Each experience is curated for Squads participants based on a thoughtful application process. Plus, participation is easy — you can join the meetings online from any device, anywhere.

Professional women in the Ellevate Network community make a commitment to helping each other succeed at work, and Ellevate Squads provide them an opportunity to gain support and provide it to others within this intentional network.

Women in the program have said:

“Connecting with others outside your normal circle is one of the best things you can do to get a truly unbiased and outside-in perspective. Your Squad mates may certainly not understand all of the players in your story or challenge, but their advice can sometimes be that push that you need to move forward.” Read more from Sarah here.

"My Squad has taught me that opening up can lead to supportive exchanges of information and can help me work through my concerns. I have learned that there is power in having a Squad to be able to share with and learn from.” Read more from DaKenya here.

“It's been a wonderful experience to see each of the women rally around to support fellow Squad mates in reaching goals and overcoming challenges. I feel thankful to have met such a wonderful ‘tribe’ of women.” Read more from Kelly here.

Ellevate Network CEO Kristy Wallace said, “The value of the Ellevate Network community truly shines through our Ellevate Squads program. We know the career-changing power women have when they support one another, but that developing deeper professional connections, especially in a digital age, it difficult. With the Ellevate Squads program, we listened very closely to the needs of our community, and we’ve been able to redefine the ways that busy professional women cultivate a network to meet and exceed their career goals.”

Applications for Ellevate Squads are currently open and will close on February 13. New Squads will start meeting the last week of March. You can submit your application here. To learn more about how Ellevate Network works to achieve equality for all, click here. To sign up for the Ellevate Network newsletter so you don’t miss the next opportunity to apply for Squads, click here.

About Ellevate Network

Ellevate Network is a global network of professional women committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity. We believe that when ambitious professional women get more opportunity — to have a voice in important conversations, to have a seat at the table where decisions are made, to steer our collective economic power towards that which we care about — it ultimately benefits everyone and leads to a more equal world. We do this by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate also works with companies committed to gender diversity and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.

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