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Ellevate Network Opens Applications for the 11th Squads Cycle

Ellevate Network, the leading network for women+, has begun accepting applications for the Spring 2023 cohort of Squads. This Spring cohort will be the 11th cycle of Squads, with 10,000+ participants since successfully launching in 2017, making it the most in-demand offering on the Ellevate platform.

Ellevate Squads are small, diverse groups of professional women+ who identify as Rising Leaders, Entrepreneurs or Executives. Squad participants create safe, confidential spaces to support, mentor each other, and dive deep into each other's challenges to find the next steps in their careers.

Squads are made up of Product Managers, Research Assistants, CEOs, Finance Professionals, and Executive Directors across many companies such as Mars PetCare, Zendesk, RBC Wealth Management, Freddie Mac, Diageo, Accenture, Hogan Lovells and Guardian.

Over 12 weeks, for 30 minutes each week on Zoom, Squads meet as a group of 6-9 driven, inspired women ready to help and listen. During the Fall 2022 cycle, 90% of participants agreed that “My Squad supported me with tackling work-related challenges.” Upon completion of the Squads program, 95% of survey respondents agreed that they “have a positive outlook on the next steps in their career.

“My Ellevate Squad has changed the manner in which I approach situations in both my career and personal life. The support is unmatchable, the shared knowledge have been life saving for real. The insight shared has been priceless, some of the relationships developed have moved beyond the 12 weeks,” said Angela, a Fall 2022 Squad participant.

Maricella Herrera, Ellevate Network CEO and Executive Squad participant said, “When Ellevate Network first launched Squads 5 years ago, our goal was to build deeper community connections, to help professional women navigate career transitions, overcome workplace obstacles, and to tap into the diversity of thought and experience that drives innovation and change. I’ve seen first-hand the transformative power that is harnessed in the weekly meetup and I’m proud of how this program is changing companies and lives.”

“At Royal Canin and Mars Petcare, we understand the importance of wellbeing and the critical role family plays to our associates. We are continuing to look for ways to better support parents in our workplaces and have launched a program called Encore to support parents with the transition back to work after a career break. I’m proud to share that we are partnering with Ellevate and are thrilled to be supporting women’s careers.” Stephanie Neuvirth, Global Vice President of People and Organization at Royal Canin.

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.

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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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