There are many private members clubs in the United States. Some are ultra-exclusive and some, glamorous. Some are for artists, some business women, and some for university graduates. But very few are like the two we have listed below.
Chief and WIE Suite are clubs for women. And not just any women, but female leaders in C-suite positions (eg. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer) as well as female presidents, vice-presidents, founders, and creators.
These clubs are rare and very important for women in such positions. There is nothing more beneficial for professional women than to network, share challenges, learn new ideas, and collect tips from peers at the same professional level.
Chief is a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting female senior executives from diverse backgrounds, industries, and organizations. It is designed for women in the C-Suite.
Membership gives access to a community of professional peers in-person and online — the ability to connect with like-minded executives to cross-pollinate ideas; to build a personal board of advisors; to create role- and identity-based groups in order to efficiently discuss business-critical topics and trends.
Chief also offers access to cutting-edge leadership resources designed for senior executives and led by renowned business school professors, economists, and diversity experts (eg. Amal Clooney, Mellody Hobson, Indra Nooy, Diane von Furstenberg, Kara Swisher, Gloria Estefan, Adam Grant, and Gayle King).
As Wall Street Journal said, Chief is “the private group where C-Suite women go to power up.”
According to Business Insider, “Chief currently has over 15,000 vice presidents and senior and C-suite executives members” who work in over 60% of Fortune 100 companies.
COST: $5,800+ annually
WIE Suite, previously named WIE Network, started in 2010 as an organizer of women’s conferences. It expanded to include The Other Festival aimed at makers and creators as well as Black Women Raise. It has attracted women leaders like Arianna Huffington, Mellody Hobson, Christy Turlington, Queen Rania, Melinda Gates. Thasunda Duckett, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelos and Naomi Campbell.
In 2021, WIE Suite was formed to create a community for action, growth, and solving problems. They wanted to help change the future of business for women for generations to come.
The community focuses on sharing tactics, making introductions, closing deals and generally getting it done. Their motto is: refer, collaborate, invest, hire, partner, promote, strategize, and connect.
Membership benefits include peer coaching groups, content portals, bespoke salons, dinners, retreats, master classes, forums, and access to membership directories.
Members include Dawn Davis (Editor in Chief at Bon Appetit), Rebecca Minkoff (Designer and Founder of FFC), Reshma Sauujani (Founder of Girls Who Code).
Candidate requirements are you must be an experienced founder or creator, a C-level executive or accomplished VP on the rise, or a decision maker at your organization. They evaluate potential members on a mix of experience, seniority, achievements and alignment with their values.