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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 is 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

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.

18 ways to find balance in your remote work life—every day

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Don't let your physical or mental health go by the wayside. Landing a remote career opportunity with a great company may seem like the ideal solution to help busy employees navigate their current circumstances, especially for those in need of additional resources to balance a job that they truly love with caregiving responsibilities or other challenges they may be facing at home. However,  it's more than essential to make the most of what a true work-life balance should look like when the lines begin to blur. Based on their own remote work experiences, 18 Fast Company Executive Board members offer their top suggestions for promoting the best physical and mental health possible while working remotely. To keep moving and stay engaged with others, try the following.

17 tips to help leaders navigate wavering consumer behavior patterns

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Here's how to stay on top of changing trends and keep consumers satisfied with your brand. Although innovative technologies continue to evolve in order to keep up with changing consumer trends in the marketplace, sometimes it is still difficult for business leaders to gauge which way their particular client or potential customer may be leaning next. Over the years, the following experts from Fast Company Executive Board have also been impacted by changing consumer behavior patterns and preferences in their specific markets. Below, they share some best practices to help other leaders remain true to their brands while still meeting customer expectations.

20 ways business professionals handle loss in an uncertain marketplace

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Now is the time to: reflect and pivot boldly toward your continued career growth and success. It's natural to be anxious or overwhelmed about a recent setback that you or your company may be experiencing in today's fluctuating economy. However, once you assess where things went wrong, you must dust yourself off, and make any necessary improvements (from lessons learned) that will help you stay on track, and set you up to be ready for the brighter days ahead.   At some point in their career, everyone faces some type of hardship—whether it's overcoming a job loss or not making the deal stick with a highly regarded potential client. In times like these, it's even more important to stay connected with trusted mentors and colleagues as you reflect on ways to improve your brand (personal and professional). We asked 20 Fast Company Executive Board members to each share their tips to encourage business professionals not to panic or give up on their short- and long-term goals no matter what marketplace analysts are reporting.

How to break through the barrier of imposter syndrome


Imposter syndrome afflicts many founders, especially those who have historically faced challenges. It’s natural to think to oneself: who am I to pursue this dream?

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