Grow & Thrive

This virtual executive development program is tailored to meet WBEs where they are today and support them into the future. The program will offer three tracks and include courses across five disciplines to help WBE businesses not only survive the challenges of today, but grow and thrive for the future.

PROGRAM DATES

July 27 – September 23, 2021

LOCATION

Virtual

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Program Details

WeTHRIVE participants will be assigned one of three course tracks based on a personal and business assessment completed in their application — SURVIVE, GROW, or THRIVE.

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

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

What to Expect

Over the 8-week program WBEs will attend virtual learning session 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 from leading instructors held on Tuesday (SURVIVE), Wednesday (GROW), or Thursday (THRIVE) from 12 PM–2 PM EST.
  • 3 to 4 peer group sessions to network, collaborate, and connect with WBE peers held for approximately one hour on Fridays at 11 AM EST.

*Schedule is based on previous programs and is subject to change. Final schedule will be provided upon accepted to the program.

Why Participate

If you are a WBENC-Certified WBE, the 8-week WeTHRIVE program is designed to support you today and position your company for future success and growth. Through our network of business leaders and industry experts, the program 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 and aftermath of COVID-19 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 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
Who Should Apply

All WBENC-Certified WBEs in good standing are encouraged to apply. 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

Applications for the 2021 WeTHRIVE summer cohort are now closed.

 

Timeline
1

June 14, 2021

Applications Open

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2

July 12, 2021

Applications Close

3

July 16, 2021

Acceptance Notification

4

July 27, 2021

Program Start

5

September 23, 2021

Program End

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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.