We Propel Women in Early Career
& Keep them Moving Forward.

A global membership network connecting & supporting
women in the first 10 years of their careers.

We’re on a mission to close the early-career gender gap.
We support women so that they have the tools, knowledge & networks to build a life and work on their terms. And we engage with employers to create inclusive, high-functioning work cultures.

Launched in 2022, ExponentialChangemakers (XCM) is a growing global network of women in the first ten years of their careers. Members connect to a network of talented women from universities & companies across the globe – peers, mentors & advisors. They access expert, personal career development & coaching anchored in community. Here, early career women grow their ability to manage themselves & their careers; they grow as leaders and changemakers.

Our bundled platform offering – community, courses, and coaching – is a one-stop early-career development solution. Our membership is a win-win for early-career women and their employers. Members cultivate professional relationships, strengthen their career & leadership skills, and gain new perspectives. As a result, they demonstrate high engagement, performance, retention, and progression in the workplace.

Early career can be exhilarating yet, overwhelming.

People spend a lot of time and energy in their early careers figuring out what they’re good at, acclimating to new roles or teams, learning and meeting expectations, and developing skills required now and for progression.

Did you know that early-career women typically face greater challenges than their male counterparts?

The early-career gender gap is well-documented. Reporting to senior male bosses, joining male-dominated teams, decoding unwritten norms, and sometimes being misunderstood are points of additional stress that can undermine confidence.

Although men & women are nearly equally represented in entry-level roles, only 38% of first-level managers are female. That’s because men are 25% more likely to be promoted from entry-level roles to first-level managers within the first 2-3 years of their careers. This ‘broken rung’ is when women begin to fall behind. It is also why today’s senior talent pipeline is gender unbalanced; if left unresolved, workplace gender parity can never be achieved. (Source: McKinsey 2022).

But there are solutions, including investing in learning & development.

In addition to creating an inclusive and high-functioning work culture, research shows that the same tools used to crack the glass ceiling can help close the early-career gender gap. These include growing a professional network, accessing career & leadership development experiences, and engaging in coaching to support growth.

Although men play a critical role in closing the early-career gender gap, research confirms what many women have always known: women-only developmental experiences create a space for them to relax, trust each other, and engage in openness and vulnerability necessary to create personal change. A study by KPMG found that 70% of women are more likely to share career challenges in discussion groups with other women than in groups that include men.

Bringing the Benefit of a Powerful Network to Early Career

We are catalyzing success for early women today to accelerate the route to parity.

ExponentialChangemakers is a supportive affinity group for people who identify or have lived experience as women—cis, trans, as well as nonbinary individuals. We understand that gender is a spectrum; we aim to create an intentionally inclusive community. We especially encourage BIPOC & first-gen women, as well as those with diverse life experiences from around the globe, to join us.

We are a global community, so you may join from anywhere.