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

Gabby De La Cruz

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Director

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


Being the First But Not The Last 1stGenYale Alumni Conference

Join CEO Cheryl Contee and other Yale alumni for the 1stGenYale Alumni Conference at the Yale School of Management! Cheryl will be a part of a panel of alumni entrepreneurs at the conference.


WBENC Momentum National Conference

Join business leaders and entrepreneurs for the annual WBENC Momentum Conference in Nashville, TN!

WBENC Momentum National Conference


Join this year's Women of Color Connecting Summit to hear from women in business about their entrepreneurial journeys and to find solutions to the barriers facing women of color in entrepreneurship. Hear from our Founder, Barbara Clarke, about her own journey and why it's important we find ways to uplift underrepresented communities.

Register Here for WOCCON
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