This month on The Fourth Floor & New events! 🎉

Feb 16, 2021
This month on The Fourth Floor & New events! 🎉
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Hello Fourth Floories!
 
It is important this month to take a beat and acknowledge that COVID-19 has exacerbated deep, long-standing biases against Black women that are built into our systems. Beyond the pay gap (and equity gap), Black women are shouldering more responsibility at home with less financial security. According to research from LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey, Black women are almost twice as likely as white men to say that they’ve been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours and/or pay reduced because of COVID-19.

We have to first acknowledge the landscape for what it is, so we can innovate and ‘Build Back Better.’  We can and should reframe this challenge as the incredible opportunity for value creation that it is. Removing barriers to board seats, funding, investment and career advancement for those who have been left out of the loop for generations is how we recover and vastly outperform expectations. 

But it takes a village! We can’t build back better in a vacuum, and that is why communities- and communities within communities- are so powerful. Thank you for being part of our community.

xx The Fourth Floor Team
Updates and Opportunities in the Platform

Forum: Previously known as ‘Discussion Group’ (this is The Fourth Floor’s new Google Group!). Post what's on your mind, ask a question or share a resource in the Forum.
Groups: Find your village. We now have 15 industry groups and 4 professional groups. Join all that apply to you and go deep. (We'll also have regularly occurring Happy Hours for industry and professional groups. Please let us know here if you would like to volunteer to be deputized as a group admin for a particular group.  See below)
Expert Hub in the Marketplace: Are you looking for specific advice or services? Visit our experts in the Expert Hub and hit the tab that says "Ask our Experts a Question".  This is your opportunity to ask our experts anything.  Make sure to ‘join’ the Expert Hub to be kept up to date on promotions and what our experts have to offer. 
Job Board: Looking for a new opportunity or need to fill a role? What about a speaking opportunity or an intern?  There are nearly 40 opportunities right now  on our Jobs & More page. Activate your account or join now to list yourself or an opportunity. 

Launching Soon:
The Back Room Investment Club


Founders:
  • Are you a member?
  • Is your startup listed in The Room? (Our Board Seat Exchange)
  • Are you actively raising a round?
  • Are you open to investment from members of The Fourth Floor?
Be listed in The Back Room where investors can find and learn more about you. Apply here or by submitting an application via the Investment Club tab in the platform.

If you are an accepted member of The Fourth Floor and interested in learning more about joining the Investment Club, you can let us know here.
UPCOMING EVENTS

We've planned a bunch of these Happy Hours so that you can really get to know each other in a fun and relaxing way. Be prepared to share what you're working on and where you would like to support- in other words, be sure to bring your GIVES and GETS!

Dates:
  • All Member Happy Hour on February 19th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST. Sign up here.

       Sign up for any of the below Professional Groups Happy Hours here.
  • Coaches & Consultants Happy Hour on February 23rd from 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST. 
  • Founder Happy Hour on February 24th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST
  • General Counsel and Sr. In House Counsel Happy Hour from February 25th at 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST
  • C-Suite and Executive Happy Hour on February 26th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST
* Please only sign up for the groups that apply to you. You must be an accepted member to attend.

 

Legacy Members:  Want to learn more about what your membership and access to the platform can do for you? Join us at one of the following Welcome Hours. We'll help you navigate the platform and meet others on the call. If none of these dates work for you, email help@thefourthfloor.co to set up a time for a personal tour.

Don't forget you have full access to the platform at NO charge until March 1, 2021.  After March 1, you may remain in the platform with limited access at no charge or purchase a discounted membership at 50% off. 
Click here to activate your Legacy membership.
To apply for membership and view prices and options, visit the Membership page on our website here.

Welcome Hour Dates:
February 12th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
February 18th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
February 26th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Thursday, March 4 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Interested in starting your board career? 
Looking for an advisor to join your board?

Attend and learn what you need to do to find your perfect opportunity. Leave with actionable steps and hear from our panel of experts.

Enjoy a 20-30 minute networking opportunity to wrap up the event.

This Board Boot Camp is brought to you in partnership with Diligent.
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Have a question or would like to chat with founders of The Fourth Floor, Breen, Sarah or Kat? We would love that!

Sign up for Office Hours here. We will take turns hosting the 1 hour sessions every other week.

Hope to see you!
FROM OUR FRIENDS & PARTNERS

Our partners at FLIK just launched their annual impact survey to showcase how powerful social entrepreneurs can be! We are partnering with them to build real data around how our community, our partners, and our allies, are also building meaningful companies working towards the UN SDGs.

All founders are invited to take the survey whether you identify as a social impact founder or not. It takes two minutes, and the results have the potential to shake up entrepreneurship: https://forms.gle/AXgjAetWJcS2jSjM6
 As a partner, Luminary extends a 15% discount off of membership to members of The Fourth Floor. Use Code: FourthFloor15 when signing up.
Luminary is a global, inclusive collaboration hub - a first of its kind - for women and women-identified, and our male allies, who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks.
Thank you to our wonderful VIP sponsors:
A global, full-service law firm.
Contact:
Beth Wiener: bwiener@kirkland.com
 
#1 Global Board Portal Software
Contact: 
Meghan Day: mday@diligent.com
 
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Members, nominate yourself or another member to be featured in the next Newsletter. Please send your suggestion to Kat here.
Send us your Gives & Gets here. We love to hear about what you want and what you can provide to another member. This information just might spark a connection or two.
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