Network Better: Ellevate Squads

Ellevate Squads are small, hand-picked groups of like-minded women, at the same stage in their career. In our twelve-week program, you’ll spend 30 minutes a week with these driven, intelligent women - it’s the best way we’ve found to get the support and insight you need to get to the next stage of your career.

Women on a coffee date

Avoid the dead-end coffee dates.

Trying to network, but busy? Get the most out of your time by building ongoing relationships with a group.

Women forming a circle

Get outside of your normal circle.

Your Squad will get you - but will also offer insights and unbiased, candid advice from inside other companies.

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Purposeful, focused, and efficient.

In less than a lunch break for 12 weeks, make a professional development a part of your routine.

Ready to Join Your Squad?

The Squads program is open to Ellevate Achiever, Innovator, and Executive Council members.

Learn about Achiever Membership

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Ellevate members get access to exclusive career-building events like this one as well as events, webinars, podcasts, and more as a part of an amazing community of professional women worldwide.

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“Great insights from many different perspectives. It's really helping me to think outside of the box. Truly enjoy the time I spend with my squad!!”

Cindy Swank, Senior Consultant

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“I’ve found this is a great way to have dedicated professional development and career planning time built into my busy schedule.”

Danielle Trull, Finance Director

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“This has been a great way to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people - and to get stimulated with great feedback from people with different experiences from you.”

Sheena Abraham, Digital Storyteller

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“I would recommend joining a Squad to have a safe place for women to share their issues, goals, anxieties and knowing others are in the same position.”

Sonia Moin, Program Manager

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“Great insights from many different perspectives. It's really helping me to think outside of the box. Truly enjoy the time I spend with my squad!!”

Cindy Swank, Senior Consultant

Danielle thumbnail
“I’ve found this is a great way to have dedicated professional development and career planning time built into my busy schedule.”

Danielle Trull, Finance Director

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“This has been a great way to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people - and to get stimulated with great feedback from people with different experiences from you.”

Sheena Abraham, Digital Storyteller

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“I would recommend joining a Squad to have a safe place for women to share their issues, goals, anxieties and knowing others are in the same position.”

Sonia Moin, Program Manager


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Ellevate Squads?

Ellevate Squads are small, hand-picked groups of driven professional women who support each other in reaching their goals. This online program is a new benefit of Ellevate membership.

Why should I sign up?

Research shows that belonging to a group of supportive, like-minded peers helps you identify and achieve goals that would be difficult to reach on your own. A strong group acts as a support system, gives you external feedback, and holds you accountable. Together, the group’s knowledge, network, and power is greater than the sum of its parts.

You may have heard of Mastermind groups; Ellevate Squads follow similar guidelines, and make it easy to build meaningful relationships with professional women who’ll help you get to the next stage of your career.

Squads not only make investing in yourself a habit - they make the most of that investment.

What am I committing to by signing up?

By signing up for Ellevate Squads, you’re committing to supporting a group of like-minded professional women in reaching their goals. They, in turn, will provide you the same support and guidance.

You will be required to attend a 30-minute Program Kick-Off video call, followed by weekly video calls over the following 12 weeks. We ask for your availability in the sign up process to make sure we pick a time that works for you. Squads also communicate via Ellevate Conversations, our member-to-member messaging platform, and meet in person at Ellevate events.

When can I sign up?

Ellevate members can sign up for a Squad during an open sign up period each quarter. Keep an eye out for emails and updates on this page when that period begins!

How much does it cost?

Ellevate Squads is a benefit included in Achiever, Innovator, and Executive Council Ellevate memberships. Learn More about Ellevate Membership

Learn about Achiever Membership

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions about Ellevate Squads, you can reach out directly via squads@ellevatenetwork.com at any time.

How do you pick the Squads?

We hand-pick each Squad of eight women at similar stages of their professional career. We take into account your location, your level of Ellevate membership, your schedule, and your goals. Local Squads are currently available in our larger chapters, and online Squads are available for all Ellevate Members.

An Ellevate Achiever, Innovator, or Executive Council membership is required to participate; if you aren’t a member, we’ll help you get started.

Learn about Achiever Membership

How does the program work?

Using the information from your Member Profile, we hand-pick Squads, nominate one member to manage the Squad's calendar and calls, and set up the 12-week curriculum. We’ll introduce you to your Squad a few weeks before the mandatory kick-off.

The program will kick off with a mandatory 30-minute video chat on a date you selected at sign-up. Each subsequent week at the same day and time of the week, your Squad will have a 30-minute video chat - you can join from your computer or mobile phone. We’ll make the most of your time, using a researched structure to help each member set and achieve her goals.

After 12 weeks, we collect your feedback and reflect on the program; you’ll stay in touch with your Squad, and can either sign up for a new Squad or take a break from the program.

What does the Squad Mod do?

The Squad Mod is responsible for setting up and maintaining the Squad’s curriculum and weekly agenda. The 12-week program consists of four types of video calls - a kick off, “Hot Seats” that focus on one member, “Hot Topic Discussions” that are more open, and a retrospective - which the Squad Mod oversees.

Following a guide that we’ve developed - complete with video tutorials - the Squad Mod sets up the calendar and video conference invites, shares them with their Squad, and manages any ongoing schedule swaps. It shouldn’t take more than an hour or two over the course of 12 weeks, and in return you’ll be the most memorable, well-connected member of your Squad.

How do I become a Squad Mod?

When you sign up for your Squad, indicate that you're interested in volunteering; we'll be in touch with training and materials if you're selected.