Creating a World Where Women, Especially Women of Color, Succeed in Business

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A collage of Impact Seat fellows

Our Full Stack Philanthropy combines impact investing, grantmaking and advocacy.

Only 2-4% of women receive VC funding – that’s a lot of missed innovation created for women, by women. For women of color founders, the numbers are even worse (statistically close to 0% of VC funding). At The Impact Seat Foundation, our goal is to close the wealth and opportunity gap. Our Full Stack Philanthropy melds impact investing, grantmaking and advocacy to sustain an ecosystem and community for women leaders across the globe.  

Collage of Impact Seat fellows

Our Full Stack Ecosystem

  • Business Leader in Conference Room


    We provide grants to innovative startups that are early-stage, women-led, and diverse. Stay tuned for more info about our upcoming grants.

  • Tanya Van Court, member of The Impact Seat Foundation's Ecosystem

    Impact Investing

    Featured: Tanya Van Court, Founder & CEO of Goalsetter

    All profits from our investments in women-led organizations funnel back into the ecosystem to help provide rich resources to women business leaders.

  • Capitol Hill


    From six-month paid maternity leave, to the childcare stimulus – everyone deserves to be protected. We work alongside organizations that advocate for policies that ensure women can be successful.

Meet Our Leaders

Barbara Clarke

Barbara Clarke

Founder and Board Chair

Cheryl Contee, CEO of The Impact Seat Foundation

Cheryl Contee

Chief Executive Officer

Recent Highlights

Here’s what our ecosystem has been up to here at The Impact Seat Foundation. You’ll find our latest articles, webinars, podcasts & more. 

Click here for a full list of resources


New Media Ventures 2022 Summit

CEO and New Media Ventures Board Member Cheryl Contee will be attending this year's New Media Ventures Summit in San Francisco, CA.

This year's summit will be hosted September 28th-29th at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, featuring panels, speakers, and sessions focused on progressive investing and building the future of business through sustaining democracy.

Participants can join virtually or in-person for the trainings, organizing sessions, pitching, and other informative sessions. The focus of this summit is to motivate investors to fund groups that support our democracy and moving progressive politics forward for the good of all.

Register Here for New Media Ventures 2022 Summit

Third Act Storytelling Quest

Third Act is hosting an interview series entitled, "Third Act Storytelling Quest," where business leaders, founders, and industry professionals will tell the story of their Third Act, or the ventures that propelled them to success late in life.

The Impact Seat Foundation CEO, Cheryl Contee, will share her story in an interview during the event. She'll discuss her passions, what motivates her, and what this phase of life means to her in terms of personal and professional development.

This series aims to be a guiding force of motivation for those looking to take the next step in their career and to inspire those who are ready to excel during their own Third Act.

Register Here for Third Act Storytelling Quest

HER Future Virtual Summit

HER Future Virtual Summit is the first annual summit hosted by Flippa bringing together women entrepreneurs and founders.

The summit will feature an impressive speaker series, including The Impact Seat Foundation CEO, Cheryl Contee, to share their experiences in founding and leading businesses.

Speakers, informational sessions, and trainings will help guide female founders and entrepreneurs in the starting of their businesses and the investing process as a whole.

Register Here for HER Future Virtual Summit
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