Rise, Grow & Thrive

WeTHRIVE is an all-virtual WBENC Executive Education Program designed to meet WBEs where they are today and position them to grow and thrive for the future.

WeTHRIVE provides female founders with business fundamentals in the areas of Leadership & Communication, Financial Management, Business Strategy, Operations & Human Resources, and Marketing & Sales. Each program session is led by a WBE expert or WBENC Corporate Member providing participants with perspectives from both aspects of business.

Title Sponsor: Cushman & Wakefield

Track Sponsors: Raytheon Technologies and Centene Corporation


Check back for the next WeTHRIVE cohort in 2024!



Program Dates

  • 2-hr program sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Peer Group sessions on 3 Fridays throughout the program
Title Sponsor
Track Sponsors
Every single WeTHRIVE session has been full of valuable insights, and I come away from each one feeling inspired and motivated to take my business to the next level. Not to mention, the generous spirit of sharing knowledge amongst the WBEs is simply icing on the cake.
Viola Sutanto
WeTHRIVE is a must to catapult your business to the next level. The networking, the knowledge and the sisterhood of the WBEs is inspirational and game-changing.
Stephanie Belton
The A-List Network, LLC
The WeTHRIVE program covered so many important aspects of business! It was a phenomenal course that allowed me to not only manage the day to day but take a step back to look at not only my business but myself and where I wanted to grow to. Thank you to the WBENC team for everything! This was a huge bright spot in 2020!
Kathryn Flannery
Co-Founder of Beckon
WeTHRIVE helped my business turn the page and fuel a fire in me during an unprecedented time...it taught me so many things that will help take my business to the next level and along the way I created wonderful relationships with so many other WBEs.
Aubrie Jones
HADCO Staffing Solutions
The WeTHRIVE Winter 2022 executive program was GREAT on every level - its organization, the speakers, their content, the networking, and the learning!! For WBEs this program is definitely one to survive, thrive and grow on! Huge thanks to WBENC and their corporate sponsors for underwriting this business changing opportunity.
Suzanne G. Carbon
Why Participate

If you are a WBENC-Certified WBE, the WeTHRIVE executive education program is designed to support you today and position your company for future growth and success. Graduates of the program rave about the opportunities to gain knowledge and insights and for the networking that they experience in WeTHRIVE. It’s an essential program for all WBEs looking to boldly grow, sustain and thrive in their business for the long term.

Through our network of business leaders and industry experts, WeTHRIVE will help you:

  • Evaluate the sustainability of your business today.
  • Learn strategies to sustain your business in times of crisis and to build in recovery.
  • Practice skills targeted at alternative strategies for growth.
  • Engage with WBE peers on the impacts of unprecedented global events to find and share solutions to critical business issues.
  • Build a community of WBEs that will serve to support your growth into the future.

WeTHRIVE is the launchpad for Certified WBEs into WBENC Executive Education programs.

Program Details

WeTHRIVE provides essential knowledge and education in 5 foundational business disciplines: Leadership & Communication, Financial Management, Business Strategy, Operations & Human Resources, and Marketing & Sales. in a virtual, interactive setting.

  • Rise/Grow/Thrive Cohorts: 3 cohorts with specially curated curricula designed for all levels of businesses
    • WeTHRIVE participants will be assigned one of three course tracks based on a personal and business assessment completed in their application – RISE, GROW, or THRIVE.
  • Necessary Skills and Knowledge: Allows CEOs to gain essential skills and business knowledge in the areas where you need it (can also bring members of their teams to appropriate sessions)
  • Community and WBE Networking: Peer Groups provide connectivity with other WBEs throughout the program (we can attest that WBES LOVE the Peer Groups!)
  • Access to More WBENC Professional Development: WeTHRIVE is an important foundational program for other WBENC Executive Education Programs

While tracks are subject to change based on the applicant pool, generally:

  • The RISE Track is for WBEs with under $1M in annual revenue.
  • The GROW Track is for WBEs with $1M – $4.9M in annual revenue and who have demonstrated significant growth over the last 2-3 years.
  • The THRIVE Track is for WBEs with $5M+ in annual revenue.

What to Expect

Throughout the program, WBEs will attend virtual learning sessions with their track across five disciplines (Leadership & Communication, Financial Management, Business Strategy, Operations & Human Resources, and Marketing & Sales). WBEs should plan to commit about 3 to 4 hours per week to participate in:

  • Weekly two-hour courses led by expert instructors (please see the program schedule and individual Track schedules below for details – each participant will be assigned a Track based on the company’s annual revenue as reported in the program application, and will attend the sessions designed for that Track)
  • 3, one-hour peer group sessions to network, collaborate, and connect with WBE peers.
Who Should Apply

WBENC-Certified WBEs in good standing are encouraged to apply for WeTHRIVE. WBEs in all phases of business who want to position their business to grow and thrive for the future will benefit from this executive education program.

Participants must be the majority owner of the company and commit 3 to 4 hours per week of course engagement for the duration of the program.

In order to meet completion requirements, WBEs will need to attend and complete all assigned courses in each discipline and participate in the peer sessions.

Note: WeTHRIVE is a dedicated environment for WBE owners. Since it is a virtual program, other approved executives or female owners may join the calls with you, but the selected WBE must always attend the sessions.

How to Apply

Please complete the application in its entirety to qualify for the program. Once your application is received, you will be required to confirm your attendance by completing a brief registration form.


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Tuition & Costs

WBEs will not be required to pay any fees unless they cancel after acceptance or do not successfully complete the requirements above. If a WBE cancels after acceptance or does not successfully complete the course they will be required to pay $1,500 to WBENC.

Cancellation Policy

If a WBE cancels after acceptance or does not complete the program, they will be responsible for a fee of $1,500.