Team

The Impact Seat Foundation is a diverse, female-founded and led team. We have seen firsthand how our woman-led, diverse team embraces creative friction to create better solutions. 

Our Staff

Cheryl Contee, CEO of The Impact Seat Foundation

If you want ROI, you need DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion)!

Cheryl Contee

Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Contee is Chief Executive Officer at The Impact Seat Foundation, which is working to create a world in which women can succeed as business leaders. She is also the…

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Gabby De La Cruz

When women lead, we all succeed!

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Director

As The Impact Seat Foundation’s Communications Director, Gabby oversees the communications team, which develops TISF's brand narrative, company voice, and marketing strategy. Passionate about bridging connections and amplifying the voices…

Sophia Holbrook, Communications Associate

“Ensuring everyone has a seat at the table and amplifying underrepresented voices will elevate the next generation and our future.”

Sophia Holbrook

Communications Associate

As a Communications Associate for The Impact Seat Foundation’s Communications Associate, Sophia works to ensure project and content management on behalf of the foundation and assists in implementing the brand,…

Our Board

Barbara Clarke

My goal is to provide women with the networks and systems they need to succeed!

Barbara Clarke

Founder and Board Chair

Barbara Clarke is the Co-Founder of The Impact Seat LLC and Chair of the Board of The Impact Seat Foundation. Launched in 2021, The Impact Seat Foundation strives to create…

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Juanita Lott, Board Member of The Impact Seat Foundation

Juanita Lott

Board Member

Juanita Lott is a director, technology executive, entrepreneur and advisor with specific expertise in enterprise software, governance and human resource management. Juanita currently serves on the boards of Accion Opportunity…

Janelle Benjamin

Janelle Benjamin

Board Member

Janelle Benjamin is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and investor. She is one of the precious few black female entrepreneurs to raise over $1 million in funding and successfully exit. Previously,…