WHAT IS VEST?
VEST is a network of influential women committed to building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of more women in positions of power.
We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In addition to being part of an incredible network of influential women, every month VEST curates some of the top executive and professional coaches from across the country and hosts exclusive member-only events. Monthly discussions are designed by women for women and they focus on the issues precluding us from reaching positions of power and influence. We also host monthly breakout sessions for more intimate discussions.
IS VEST LOCATION BASED?
No. We understand now more than ever women need flexibility. We intentionally designed our services to be remote, flexible and accessible. All of our coaching sessions are handled virtually. From time to time we host in-person events sponsored by our partner organizations in the markets where we have member concentration.
Our VEST Her app enables members to look up, connect and chat with one another, RSVP and keep track of upcoming events.
HOW DO MEMBERS ENGAGE?
We provide plenty of opportunities, forums and tools for members to get to know each other and network in a way that suits their needs and crazy schedules.
WHAT ARE THE FEES?
We have three different Membership tiers, Emerging Leaders $2500, VPs $4050 and C-suite $5400.
Most of our members have their employer cover the fee. Here is a template letter you can use to ask your employer to cover the VEST Membership fee.
WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE?
Executive coaching does require an investment. Harvard Business Review placed the median Executive Coach cost at $500/hour with a range of $200-3500 per hour. Most coaches expect you to book a minimum set of hours for an established period of time. What makes VEST different is we are providing top tier coaching in an affordable and collaborative manner. You are sharing sessions with other members while expanding your network and learning from the experiences of other women. At VEST you'll also be introduced to a variety of coaches covering different topics.
IS VEST A NON-PROFIT?
While VEST's sole founding vision is to drive massive impact by growing the collective power of women, we are indeed a for-profit company. This is by design. After a ton of research and discussions with women, foundations, and investors, it became clear that developing a market-based solution (rather than relying on charity) to help women in the workplace is a faster and more sustainable solution.
When it comes to creating more equitable workspaces, sustainability and self-sufficiency matters. We can't afford to rely on funders who may or may not agree with our mission and/or are forced to delay funding during economic downturns, when we need to support women the most as proven by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Women led companies and investment funds focused on women often struggle to raise capital and are often labeled as "impact." This despite the large sets of data demonstrating that women-led companies are significantly more likely to generate higher profits and stock value. Women-led companies are also more likely to embrace employee-friendly policies and champion racial and gender diversity. Subsequently, they are more likely to retain the best talent and engage in decision-making that accounts for orienting to larger varieties of customers than companies with a more monolithic customer base.
Simply put, at VEST we know that investing in women is not charity and we are committed to changing the narrative, starting with ourselves. Our drive is centered around growing women's power collective. We know that by doing this, we'll generate plenty of value, societal impact and yes, profits.
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