In 2016 our community became stronger. We couldn't have done it without you.

If you, like us, are getting into the whole end-of-year feeling of nostalgia for how fast time passes, pride for what you've accomplished, and excitement for what's to come, you'll certainly be looking back to see what 2016 had to offer. We've rounded up some of the best content from Ellevate for you to revisit.

Ellevate Events Around The World

We had quite the year when it comes to events and it's hard to pick favorites! Our amazing chapters hosted close to 500 events around the world and featured more than 350 speakers... almost as many speakers as days in a year!

From  Ellevate Dubai's yearly forum, where the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) pledged action for gender parity, to Ellevate Houston's Women in Entrepreneurship panel which featured amazing women entrepreneurs who discussed their journeys and gave tips to those looking to branch out on their own, there was an Ellevate event for everyone. Some of the other notable events included Ellevate Cincinnati's 6th Annual Chocolate Competition (because who doesn't love chocolate?), Sallie Krawcheck's first ever visit to Ellevate Puerto Rico (which had to be rescheduled twice due to horrible winter storms in NYC), Ellevate Washington D.C.'s Women In Power event showcasing female leaders who had great advice to share for the audience, and our 9 chapter screenings across the country of He Named Me Malala in honor of International Women's Day.

In New York City, home of Ellevate HQ, we had the pleasure of hosting thoughtful discussions with female leaders including tennis legend (and proud Ellevate member)  Venus Williams and Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America. Finally, the events in 2016 would not have been complete without a discussion of the political climate and what a new president means for women — watch the livestream of our After the Election event here.

Learn On The Go: Online Content

Ellevate Network members are experts in their fields. They are thought leaders who are willing to share their knowledge with other women to help them succeed. Here's some of the best content created by Ellevate members this year.

 Top Ellevate Jam Sessions (webinars) of 2016:

Top Articles of 2016:

Role Models Matter

We believe that it's hard for you to be what you can't see. We believe in it so much that one of the main things we do at Ellevate is share the stories of successful women who are changing the world. In fact, one of our largest social media campaigns this year was focused on showcasing #FemaleRoleModels — and we got a lot of responses! 

Through the Ellevate Podcast, which launched this year, we have been striving to share even more stories of inspiring women changing the face of business by building companies, writing books, becoming mentors and sponsors, and advocating for women in their workplaces. If you haven't listened to it yet, what are you waiting for?

Top Episodes of the Ellevate Podcast in 2016:

And if you're looking for more of a big picture view of what our community is accomplishing, check out our 2nd Annual Ellevate Impact Survey results. You'll find info on what percentage of the community is getting raises, starting businesses, becoming thought leaders, and more.

We're In This Together

We know that there has been a lot of progress in moving the needle towards gender equality, but there is still a lot more work to be done, and we can't do it alone. The beauty of what we do at Ellevate lies in our ability to connect professional women to each other, with companies that care about diversity, and with other companies and organizations that are making a difference. 

This year we created our first ever list of Top Resources for Professional Women, featuring some of the companies we work with (or hope to work with soon) and admire for the work they are doing. 

Oh, and we can't thank you, our members, enough for helping grow your community by sharing it with other ambitious women you know. There's strength in numbers! And remember, if you refer 10 friends who join Ellevate, your next year of membership is on us!

Always Be Innovating

We've been around for a long time (really, we have — remember 85 Broads?) and if there's one thing we've learned is that we need to keep innovating, keep changing, and keep improving if we want to have an impact. This year we solidified our commitment to our mission by becoming a Certified B Corporation and joining companies such as Etsy, Patagonia, Warby Parker, and many others that are using the power of business to drive social change.

We also made significant changes to how we communicate with our community by launching The Morning Boost, our new ultra-personalized newsletter. The Morning Boost consolidates account updates, local and online event calendars, personalized article recommendations, community highlights, and popular content like our weekly poll into a single email.

And last but not least, we made improvements to the way you can search for other women in the community by using Your Inner Circle, a tool that allows you to search by industry, affinity groups, and more.

What's to come in 2017? Well, we can't tell you just yet... but know that we're always thinking of ways to help you succeed. There's so much more to come!


Check out the full Ellevate 2016 In Review graphic here.

Looking for a year in review of all trending news? Check it out here.