Chief Raises $3 Million for an Executive Network to Get Powerful Women to the Top
CEO networks offer valuable support to leaders at the top, but what happens when you haven’t quite made it to the corner office—or at least not yet? Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan think female executives need that kind of peer backing earlier to prevent them from hitting the glass ceiling. With it, they believe more women can break the final barrier and land the ultimate corporate job: CEO.
That’s why the pair raised $3 million to launch Chief, a real-life and digital private network for women working at the VP level and above. Both are former VP-level executives: Childers at house cleaning marketplace Handy and Kaplan at mattress startup Casper. The organization takes inspiration from YPO, the former Young Presidents’ Organization, a global network of 25,000 CEOs that’s just over 90% male.