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

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

The 19th Represents Hybrid Summit 2022

We're thrilled to sponsor this year's 19th Represents Hybrid Summit! This year focuses on the past 50 years of Title IX and how far we've come for gender equality. For the opening keynote, we have the honor of introducing a true champion of women’s rights, Senator Elizabeth Warren

Join us for Sen. Warren's opening keynote on 6/15 and stay for the amazing lineup! 

Register Here for The 19th Represents Hybrid Summit 2022

Startup Life Live with Ande Lyons

Startup Life LIVE is a bi-weekly live stream show supporting startup founders by exploring strategies and solutions, insights, and inspiration through conversations with diverse business owners, investors, and experts. Launching a startup is hard – and founders need to continually up their skillset and embrace doing hard things. Join our CEO Cheryl Contee in discussion with host Ande Lyons!

Stream Here

Women's Private Equity Summit (Northeast)

Join us and other like-minded investors, angel groups, funds and other community builders that are aligned with the investment thesis of investing in scalable impact companies led by women, notably women of color.

The Women's Fast Pitch competition series returns for another nationwide tour this summer! Each week, up to five female founders from a different United States region will be chosen to pitch in front of investors and members of the startup community. Our CEO Cheryl Contee will be moderating the Northeast fast pitch.

Register Here for Women's Private Equity Summit (Northeast)
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