Frequently asked questions

Who can join Level?

Women and allies of all races who care about racial equity and the racial wealth gap and are eager to take action and build relationships across racial lines. We aim to build a diverse coalition with a group makeup where the minority becomes the majority. We are now accepting applications for Founding Membership by invite or referral only. Fill out an interest form here.

What is the racial wealth gap?

Systemic racism and deeply ingrained laws, policies and prejudices have prohibited people of color from owning property, gaining access to jobs, receiving a quality education, etc. The historical inequality has led to a massive gap in wealth between Black and white households. White households have 10x the wealth as Black households in the US. See here for more information.

Who can become a Founding Member of Level?

  • Founding Membership is by invitation or referral only
  • Applications for the final cohort of Founding Members will open mid-March 2021 and follow this timeline.
  • As of early-March, over 300 women have joined our waitlist. Forty women will be accepted as Spring 2021 Founding Members.
  • Spring 2021 Founding Members have the opportunity to join Level at a 25% discount.

Can my company partner with Level?

Partnering with Level is a tremendous opportunity for corporations committed to racial equity. There are a number of ways to partner from sponsoring Level, purchasing corporate memberships, matching investments in black women-owned businesses, and recruiting talent through our network. Contact us at hello@levelleaders.com for more info.

What are the benefits of becoming a Founding Member?

  • In addition to getting in on the ground floor of a trailblazing new startup taking real action for racial equity, Founding Members:
    • join an intimate, curated group of like-minded female-identifying leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds for our foundational, cohort-based program known as the Women’s Equity Circle—10 weeks of expert-facilitated curriculum focused on racial equity and angel investing
    • gain access to Level's vibrant, multiracial community which we believe is the most supportive, inclusive, and engaged professional network out there
    • have the unique opportunity to invest in Black women owned businesses, without the normal legal and financial hurdles normally required of angel investors
    • attend and participate in any of Level's exclusive events, panels, fireside chats, and networking events
  • Additionally, Spring 2021. Founding Members receive a 25% discount on their Women's Equity Circle fee and their annual membership.

What’s the application process for Founding Members?

  • Fill out this Level Founding Member Interest Form. We will follow up with anyone who submits an interest form once Spring 2021 Founding Member applications are open.
  • The Spring 2021 application process can be viewed in detail here.

What are we looking for in Founding Members?

  • Impressive women across industries
  • A variety of racial identities and backgrounds
  • Professional leaders in their respective fields
  • Access to large networks or corporate connections
  • A proven commitment to racial justice, an open mind and a growth mindset

What's the Founding Member Financial & Time Commitment?

  • Financial Commitment: Spring 2021 Founding Members will receive 25% off all Level fees, and will be the final cohort of members to receive a discount on course and membership fees.
    • Women's Equity Circle: $900 (Full Price: $1,200)
    • Monthly Membership: $98/month* (Full Price: $130/month)
    • Total Annual Commitment: $2,076 or $1,995 upfront** (Full Price: $2,760)
      • *Note, a 1 year commitment is required to join Level.
      • **Note, a limited number of Member Sponsorships are available.
  • Time Commitment:
    • Women's Equity Circle: If accepted into Level, all members are expected to participate in a Women's Equity Circle which meets 90 minutes weekly, for 10 weeks, by Zoom.
    • Monthly Membership: there is no minimum requirement to participate in Level's community or full calendar of events & workshops on racial equity, investing, & career acceleration; however, we do encourage all members to be active in our Slack channel, to the extent their schedule allows for it
  • Additional Commitment: Women's Equity Circles invest in Black women entrepreneurs on a sliding scale: you must commit a total of $1,000 in value to the winning entrepreneur, either by direct financial investment or in-kind advisory hours. Minimum $200 financial investment and 1 advisory project.

Can I talk to a current member?

Yes, our current members would love to connect with you! Email us at hello@levelleaders.com and we'll make an introduction.

What is Level's Sponsorship & Equity policy?

Level is committed to building an open & equitable community with access to all who believe in our mission. Sponsor Another Member: To further our mission, many Level members add a percentage to their membership to sponsor another member when they confirm their membership. Apply for Sponsorship: If you are excited about Level’s mission, but cost is a barrier, we offer sponsorships on an opportunity-based sliding scale. Apply for sponsorship here. Request Employer Sponsorship: Many companies are eager to sponsor Level membership as part of their PD or anti-racism work. If you’d like materials for your employer, email hello@levelleaders.com.