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THE VIOLET SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP

The Violet Society is a career accelerator for wildly ambitious women in the first 10 years of their careers who are looking for guidance, support, and collaborators. 

 

Our fellowship is a 10-week program that meets for a full day career planning kickoff, weekly mastermind groups, fireside chats, social events, and final celebration to show off their accomplishments. Members spend 5-8 hours per week on The Violet Society.

 

We run this program multiple times a year and also run a hackathonretreat, and public events. 

MEET COHORT 2

Our second cohort of The Violet Society Fellowship met in Winter-Spring 2019

Ahilya Mehta

Associate Consultant at Bristlecone

Co-Founder of Mesh

Barbara Janczer

Product Manager at Splunk

Co-Founder of Curah

Mary Serafin

Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture

Creator of Aspiring TBA

Sampurna Basu

Co-Founder of Parlay Sports

Software Engineer at Facebook

Allison Atwill

Producer at Hero Digital

Creator of Phi Chair

Erin Smith

Founder of FacePrint

Forbes 30 Under 30, Thiel Fellow

Natalie Zandt

Co-Founder at MeterLeader

Former Senior Associate at ICF International

Sarah Ahmad

UX Engineer at LifeLink

Co-Founder at Mistro

Anna McMurchy

Affiliate Marketing Manager at Silverberry Genomix

Former Co-Founder of Octane

Jacqueline Assar

Partner Manager at Magic Leap

Founder of prison reform VR app

Nivi Achanta

Senior Consulting Analyst at Accenture

Creator of Soapbox Project

Sasza Lohrey

Founder of BBXX

Former EIR at Start-Up Chile

Sneha Narayanan

Business Operations at Square

Starting a Beauty startup

Tif Lien

Founder of Tandem

MEET COHORT 1

Our pilot cohort of The Violet Society Fellowship met in Summer 2018

Amanda Crosby-Rickman
Talent Acquisition at Reside Real Estate.  Cofounder of pre-launch job search tool.

Grace Hu
Software Engineer at Google working on Maps team.

Lucy Zhao
Cofounder of Honeydew, secured angel investment and rapidly grew customer base.

Nicole Garcia
Founder of Femikit, pivoted from subscription box brand to education and media company.

Anna Kazlauskas
Student at MIT, Software Engineer at Celo, Y Combinator Alum W18.

Jasmine Wang
Machine Learning at Lyft L5, previously Data Science at Square.

Marie Hepfer
Cofounder of Best Good Things, launched initial product with beta users followed by full public launch.

Nikhila Ravi
Machine Learning Engineer at Facebook, worked on weighlifting alignment app with Michelle.

Giselle Rivera
Founder, Instamansions; transitioned from side gig to full-time with revenue

Michelle Galemmo
Senior PM at AltSchool, worked on weighlifting alignment app with Nikhila.

Rani Mavram
PM at Lyft, founded non-profit at the end of the program.

Samanee Mahbub
Incoming Marketing Coordinator at Rothy's, worked on Direct-to-Consumer women's hygiene product startup.

WHO'S A FIT FOR THE PRODUCT MANAGER COHORT

The Product Manager cohort is for women & non-binary individuals who are early-to-mid-career Product Managers currently working at any size tech company.

 

Those with very similar titles which resemble the role of "Product Manager" in other companies are welcome to apply, but the cohort is not a fit for aspiring Product Managers who seek to break into the role.

 

Our ideal member will have 0.5-4 years Product Management experience and 1-10 years of total work experience.

WHO'S A FIT FOR THE FOUNDER COHORT

The Founder cohort is for women & non-binary individuals who want to start startups.

 

We are open to all different backgrounds within the tech industry: Engineering, Design, Product, Marketing, Biz Dev, Talent, Success, etc. The most important qualities we're looking for are honesty, empathy, ambition, compassion, and determination.

 

Most members have 1-10 years of work experience.

WHAT STAGE ARE FOUNDER COHORT STARTUPS AT?

The Violet Society Founder Fellowship is for early-stage and aspiring founders. You may be... 
                         
PRE-PROTOTYPE but you have a solid idea and will start building during the program.              
PRE-LAUNCH but you want the motivation to launch during the program                           
 PRE-FUNDING but you want the resources to raise your first round of institutional funding

We welcome founders at these different stages. If you're not sure which you fit into, we would encourage you to ask us!

WHAT DOES THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?

KICKOFF

SUNDAY

The program starts with an all-day kick-off; a deep dive into your background, current mindset, and future goals. We get to know one another in this small group to build the foundation for the rest of the program. Get ready to understand yourself and your aspirations more deeply as you look inward.

MASTERMINDS

MONDAY OR WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

During our weekly masterminds, we talk through our goals for the upcoming week and improvements or wins from the previous week. We help one another move past blockers or challenges by suggesting techniques, resources, connections, and advice. The fellows are your accountability buddies and cheerleaders during this process!

DISCUSSIONS

We bring in industry experts to lead focused discussion sessions about their personal career journeys, advice for current cohort members, and recommended actions to take or resources to utilize. In our small & intimate environment, you have the opportunity to develop a much deeper understanding of each guest than a typical tech event with a guest speaker, and in addition, can keep in touch with each one afterward.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

Every member is encouraged to meet all other members 1-on-1 during the program. The founder will meet each member within the first few weeks of the program to understand their unique goals and challenges. Members are encouraged to socialize outside of weekly meetings. In the first & second cohorts there were birthday parties, game nights, rooftop hangouts, hiking trips, dinners, happy hours, intellectual discussions, and more planned outside of the standard timing.

CELEBRATION

The program ends with a final celebration where members will present their key takeaways to family, friends, executives, investors, and founders. Members will reflect on personal growth and accomplishments, plus mix and mingle with brilliant technologists.

FAQ

HOW MUCH DOES THE FELLOWSHIP COST?

The cost is $400 for accepted members. This includes 30+ hours of the program, individual mentorship meetings with the program leaders, two meals during the kickoff, branded swag from The Violet Society, priority access to future invite-only events, an online community, intimate gatherings with our expert discussion leaders, and more.

 

Interest-free payment plans are available for members who don't have the full membership fee on-hand, but the fee must be paid in full before the cohort is complete.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

For the Summer 2019 cohorts, we are introducing a Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for underrepresented minorities in technology.

 

Up to 2 members per cohort will be granted 50% off their membership price (The program will be $200 rather than $400) if they belong to an underrepresented group in the tech industry. This may be related to their race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability, or something else.

 

There's no extra application to fill out, just indicate that you would like to apply to the scholarship in your main application.

WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCE POLICY?

The all-day kickoff on Sunday May 19 is required, and members may not miss more than 2 of the  evening meetings.

HOW DO I ASK MORE QUESTIONS?

Email us at thevioletsociety@gmail.com!