Private membership network for female executive leaders


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Company mission

Chief’s mission is to drive women to the top — and keep them there.



HQ Location

Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY


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30% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Chief

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Chief aims to help more businesswomen rise into positions of power with its private membership network. C-Suite, senior executives, and accomplished VPs are evaluated for membership based on seniority, professional experience, background, and impact, as well as a demonstrated history of supporting others along the way.

As of the start of 2023, 53 of the Fortune 500 companies had female CEOs - the first time ever that women have represented over 10% of this group. Women are also drastically underrepresented when it comes to leading funded startups, which is where the need for a community like Chief's comes from.

Chief's has over 20,000 members from organizations including the likes of Google, Nike, HBO, Pfizer, and Disney. It achieved unicorn status in 2021 and continues to make impressive moves such as the launch of "Chief Enterprise" for businesses looking to invest in their women leaders. That said, it has also seen its fair share of controversy over alleged discriminatory actions towards minority members, which it will need to properly address is it is to continue claiming a DEI-first mission.

Total funding - $140m

Last 2 fundraises

May 2020



Mar 2022



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Bonus structures
  • 401K
  • Stock options
  • Spending allowances to support your work
  • Fully funded health insurance
  • Partnership with Talkiatry to support our employees
  • Chief employees receive quarterly stipends to support your wellness and work from home set up where eligible
  • Flexible approach to PTO, 10 paid holidays, and a 4.5-day workweek
  • Generous leave arrangements, and 4 weeks of sabbatical for team members when they reach their four year anniversary
  • 20 weeks of parental leave for new parents of any gender, plus we design a personalized re-boarding program that eases the transition back to work
  • Work from anywhere

Company values

  • We are powerful
  • We are inclusive
  • We are real
  • We are curious
  • We time travel


Carolyn Childers

(Co-founder & CEO)

Previous Operating Partner at Primary Venture Partners for 2 years and SVP of Operations at Handy HQ for 4 years.

Lindsay Kaplan


Previous Social Media Manager at ELLE Magazine for 1 year and Communications Manager at Time Out North America for 2 years.

Diversity & Inclusion at Chief

  • Employee collectives - our equitable culture is driven and supported by our ERGs, which serve our employees who identify as AAPI, Black, LBGTQIA+, and Non-American

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