Ellevate Network Squad Applications Now Open for Spring 2021, Executive Squads and Corporate Squads Available

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Ellevate Network's proven peer-led virtual leadership development program, Ellevate Squads, has opened applications -- due February 18.

Attendees at Ellevate event in 2019.

Whether you are in career transition, and individual contributor, manager, business owner, or corporate executive — Ellevate Squads is the best thing you can do to move your career forward.

Ellevate Network, the leading network for women+, has opened applications for the Spring 2021 cohort of Ellevate Squads and Executive Squads, an innovative high-commitment experience, designed to support ambitious, professional women to develop leadership skills, troubleshoot setbacks, and take steps forward in their careers.

Ellevate Squads are small, diverse groups of professional women at similar points in their careers, who are looking for safe, confidential spaces to receive support, mentor others, and dive deep into each other’s challenges to find solutions for their careers.

In this cohort, Ellevate will also be accepting applications for Executive Squads which will be comprised of women who are committed to growing as business leaders and identify as C-level or a rising SVP who are looking to build deeper connections with other senior leaders.

Through this program, 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 career goals. 80% of participants agreed that “My Squad supported me with tackling work-related challenges.” Upon completion of the Squads program, 85% of survey respondents agreed that they “have a positive outlook on the next steps in their career.”

Ellevate Network is also offering Corporate Squads, a 12-week initiative where employees within the same company will collaborate, mentor, and support each other in career and leadership development. To ensure businesses continue to drive employee engagement, motivation, and team morale, Corporate Squads will focus on continuing to develop cross-team collaboration.

Kristy Wallace, Ellevate Network CEO and Executive Squad participant said, “The business landscape is rapidly changing and I’ve seen first hand the value of working through my challenges and opportunities in real-time with peers who offer diverse perspectives and unique insights. I’ve become a better leader because of my Squad and the thirty-minute meeting was the most productive part of my week. Whether you are in career transition, and individual contributor, manager, business owner, or corporate executive — Ellevate Squads is the best thing you can do to move your career forward.”

Kara Venegoni, an Ellevate Squad Moderator from the Spring 2019 cohort said, “My Squad became less of a networking group and more of a sounding board space for evaluating items of focus in my career. As a group we became a “think tank,” gathering ideas for how to grow our businesses, make a career change, or tackle an obstacle at work (or even at home).”

After a successful launch in October 2017 and eight program cycles, the Ellevate Squads program has proven to provide tangible value to women in the Ellevate community.

Women in the program have said:
“My Squad was a great way to connect with other women during this time of isolation and our diverse backgrounds and career paths made me realize it is ok to dream bigger and set higher goals for myself.” - Natalie, Ellevate Executive member

“As a result of our squad, I starting setting time aside to invest in myself. I began to see my career trajectory holistically - not the one step I was taking. My squad encouraged me to be a leader and supported me in my next steps - changing companies and beginning a new role.” - Meghan, Ellevate Pro member

“My squad validated some negative thoughts I was having about my current role, but succeeded in highlighting all the good that I was overlooking. In that way, I was able to see my position from a new perspective, and spend time better crafting my role in a more fulfilling way.” - Leigh, Ellevate Pro member

Applications for Ellevate Squads are now open and will close on February 18, and new Squads will start meeting the first week of April. Applications can be submitted here.

About Ellevate Network
Founded in 1997 as 85 Broads, Ellevate Network is the largest community of women+ at work. A powerful coalition of ambitious and supportive women who believe there is strength in numbers, Ellevate is built on the premise of showing up for each other, helping everyone — no matter their background or aspirations — build a career they love, and mobilizing the collective power of women to change the culture of business. Ellevate also works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.

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