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Cheryl Contee

Chief Executive OfficerThe Impact Seat Foundation

Sausalito, CA 94965

Member Since February 2021


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Cheryl Contee is Chief Executive Officer at The Impact Seat Foundation, which is working to create a world in which women can succeed as business leaders. She was also the award-winning Founder and Chair of Do Big Things, a digital agency that creates new narrative and new tech for a new era focused on causes and campaigns. Cheryl is the Amazon bestselling author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success. Passionate about creating new tech and new narrative for a new era, Cheryl uses her vast experience in startup entrepreneurship and community engagement to lead portfolio companies and funds to success, provide resources for underrepresented founders, and build the new economy. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the co-founder of, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, the National Board Chair for Netroots Nation, a Senior Advisor for Astia and the first portfolio company board member of New Media Ventures.

Published content

13 tips to build friendships while growing your professional network

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Apply these strategies to leave a lasting impression. Whether you are striving to expand your personal or professional network, it's essential to create and nurture relationships that are not transactional. This is because, nine times out of ten, the majority of people will typically engage with people they feel confident around, can trust, and truly relate to in and outside of the marketplace. Here, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members each share their strategy to help industry professionals utilize networking to drive their business or individual career objectives forward, tactfully and authentically.

16 strategies to launch a creative work lab that fosters innovation

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Apply these best practices to pique your employees' curiosity and increase their participation. When employees begin to demonstrate stagnant behaviors or disinterest at work, it may be a sign that it's time to offer them a new challenge to keep them engaged in their current roles and potential growth at the company they represent. One way company leaders can boost their team's low morale is to build a creative lab within the confines of the organization to create "intrapreneurship" opportunities, as well as a timely reminder of the business mission and goals and why they're here. Below, 16 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer their best strategies for designing safe spaces that give staff members a voice to collaborate on innovative ideas and solve problems that will help the company grow.

17 ideas to enhance your company's physical and virtual workspace

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Putting these solutions into practice can increase employee productivity, collaboration, and communication. One of the best benefits of hybrid-remote work opportunities is the flexibility given to change your workspace environment as needed. But whether employees are required to be at the office headquarters three days a week or are working remotely every day, the management team needs to keep team morale up and communication flowing to help the company succeed.  Below, 17 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each provide one creative way company leaders can redesign their physical or virtual workspace to increase team productivity and motivation.

The female founder's guide to building that perfect startup pitch deck


The strategies you need to construct a pitch deck that not only resonates with investors but does so with authenticity, efficiency, and impact.

A seasoned entrepreneur's guide to overcoming bias when fundraising


Sometimes, even if you have a great idea, people will dismiss it because you’re the messenger.

Keep your equity (and your sanity) while you’re growing your business


In a system that doesn’t want some people to win, founders often seek out alternate routes to secure their initial funding and get off the ground and running.

Company details

The Impact Seat Foundation

Company bio

Diverse teams develop better ideas. They also deliver better results if they are managed with insight and cultural competence. For business, up until now, diversity efforts have largely been about satisfying compliance. Meanwhile, research has developed a much better understanding of the ROI of diversity. Still, most companies haven’t developed an expertise in leading diversity work for individuals and teams. At The Impact Seat, we focus on developing pathways for money and talent that will drive innovation that is inclusive. We’re about data and action. Pull up a chair.


Social impact & nonprofit

Area of focus

Inclusive Innovation
Diversity Strategy

Company size

2 - 10