Welcome to Ellevate, the leading network for professional women.
Ellevate Network is a global professional women’s network, made up of women who are committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity. Our mission is to close the gender gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate also works with companies in the corporate world that are committed to gender diversity, and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.
At Ellevate Network, we lead with our values.
There is power in diversity — we value different perspectives and recognize that they help us grow. We challenge the norm to make diversity a reality.
We work to make the world a better place — we believe that the world can change for the better and we are making it happen. We don’t wait for others to do it.
Community lifts us up — we use the power of teamwork to solve problems. We communicate openly and work together to elevate each individual.
We practice gratitude — we’re passionate about the work we’re doing and recognize that we’re privileged to be doing it.
Honesty, integrity & respect, always — when in question, we always default to the “most respectful interpretation” of a situation.
Be authentic — we believe in the power of being accountable to our work as well as our personal lives. We work to make everyone comfortable presenting their genuine selves inside and outside of the workplace.
Action is important — we get stuff done — without freaking out.
Ellevate Network became a Certified B Corporation in 2016. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Ellevate Network is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can add diversity to your supply chain.
How We Do It
At Ellevate, we're focused on building a high-quality community of professional women to lean on and learn from — an intentional, committed group that has pledged to invest in themselves and in other women. It's a diverse community of women from different backgrounds, levels of experience, and industries; we make sure members can connect with their true peers, but also that they’re exposed to other stories and other strategic business connections.
In-Person and Online Events — Our 40+ chapters around the world host 700+ events a year on a variety of topics, including monthly Mentorship Meetups (think: speed dating), insights from influencers on need-to-know topics, intimate Leadership Lunches for executives, workshops on skills for corporate and entrepreneurial success, and a full-day Annual Summit in New York City. We live stream many of our events to connect our global community around topics and inspiration key to professional success. Ellevate’s programming also includes weekly webinars on everything from Negotiations to Professional Brand Building to Financial Well-Being, the recordings of which are available to members On Demand.
A New Approach to Online Networking — Like a number of other networking websites, our members can connect online with other members in specific industries, cities, or companies. What differentiates us is how we help members network efficiently online; in our Squads program, we hand-pick small groups of like-minded women to meet over twelve weeks — it’s the best way we’ve found for women get the support and insight you need to get to the next stage of your career.
Ellevate Experts — Getting your name and brand out there as an expert in your field is a big part of getting ahead that many women overlook or avoid, as women are often penalized for being perceived self-promotional. Our tools simplify this “personal branding” — we help members get published by Forbes, host webinars in their area of expertise, appear on our podcast, and more. We use our voice to shine a spotlight on their stories and successes.
Professional Development Resources — All members have access to our resource center of thousands of articles, hundreds of On Demand webinars, our Ellevate Essentials guides, and our Ellevate Podcast, featuring stories of successful women in business. In The Morning Boost, our personalized newsletter, members receive a unique, AI-driven digest of resources most relevant to their career and questions.
Ellevate Network (formerly known as 85 Broads) was started in 1997 as an unofficial network for women who worked or had worked at Goldman Sachs. The name, 85 Broads, was a reference to Goldman Sach’s old headquarters located at 85 Broad Street in New York City. As interest grew for a network of professional women by women in finance and in other industries, 85 Broads opened up membership for women in all fields and at all stages of their careers.
In 2013, Sallie Krawcheck acquired the women’s network because she saw that tackling gender diversity issues in the workplace isn’t just a nice-to-do — it also makes great business sense. In 2014, Sallie rebranded it to Ellevate Network, reflecting both the change in the composition of the network, which had grown beyond its financial services roots, and the forward-moving and action oriented nature of the women who made up the community.