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


The Role of Investors for a More Inclusive Business Environment

Join our Founder and Board Chair, Barbara Clarke, in Athens, Greece, for a compelling discussion on "The Role of Investors for a More Inclusive Business Environment," alongside expert panelists Marianna Nathanail, George Zavvos, and moderator Fay Macantasis.


SOCAP23: Fishbowl Conversation

Join our CEO, Cheryl Contee, at SOCAP23 for a fishbowl-facilitated conversation diving deep into the Fearless Fund case, exploring the question: How do we fight for racial justice when they don’t want us to talk about race?

Learn more here

LG Innovation Festival

Join our CEO, Cheryl Contee, alongside panelists Flossie Hall, Dorothy Johnson, Sakyi Oduro, and moderator Alicia Hanf in a discussion on "Innovation and Inclusion: The Power of Diversity in Tech!"

Register here!
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