Founder Series

Entrepreneurship can be a very isolating experience. You have launched your business and are working hard to grow it. Sometimes, it feels like you are making everything up as you go along, without any real help in learning what it means to lead a company. You don’t have time to get a business degree, so what do you do? Additionally, you may have few people to talk with about it. Your friends and family try to be supportive, but they typically haven’t had the same experience. Good news…you are NOT alone. The Doyenne Founder Series will bring you together with a small cohort of women entrepreneurs who are in the midst of a similar path and an expert facilitator.

The Doyenne Founder Series brings together a cohort of 5-15 women entrepreneurs who are seeking support in developing their identities and skills as CEOs or Executive Directors of startup ventures. As a member of the cohort, you will have access to a curated set of learning materials focused on entrepreneurial leadership, the opportunity to engage your peers in discussions, and support from an expert Doyenne facilitator.

The Experience

The Founder Series is a 12-month program, consisting of five, 2-hour workshops. Prior to each workshop, you will be provided with a curated set of materials to review (very short articles and/or videos – max of 2-3 hours every couple of months). The topics will be customized based on the particular interests of your cohort. This prep work helps deepen the conversations you’ll have during the workshop.

The workshops are based on a peer-coaching model. At the beginning of each workshop, the Doyenne facilitator will provide a brief introduction to the specific topic of the day, then create small group discussions in which you’ll be able to share your experiences and learn from your peers. While the topic and prep materials provide some structure, the discussion grounds the learning in real-world experiences. The goal is to for you to leave with ideas and approaches that are immediately applicable in your life.

Between the sessions, we encourage you to meet for beverages of your choice with peers in your cohort. This builds connection and allows for more in-depth one-on-one interaction.

The Facilitator

Dr. Amy Gannon is a change agent dedicated to identifying and unleashing entrepreneurial talent, particularly in places where others aren’t looking for it. Her work focuses on building pathways to entrepreneurship for those traditionally ignored by existing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Dr. Gannon is a Co-founder and Director of Operations for Doyenne, a Madison-based organization advancing women’s entrepreneurship in Madison and beyond by transforming ecosystems to be more inclusive. With more than 10 years experience working with startup businesses, Dr. Gannon has expertise moving entrepreneurs through the idea validation, launch and growth stages. She designs, plans and facilitates developmental opportunities for entrepreneurs, including: 2-day strategic planning retreats, a year-long founder series for leadership development, and one-on-one and group peer coaching sessions.

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Logistics & Dates

Criteria: The Founder Series is open to Doyenne members only. You can sign up to become a member when you apply for the Founder Series. In order to be accepted you must meet the following criteria and agree to the expectations:

    • You have been working full-time in your venture for a minimum of 1 year
    • You have hired at least one employee (full-time, part-time or on contract)
    • You are committed to attending ALL five workshops
    • You are committed to doing the prep work for workshops (10-12 hrs over the year)

Cost: The registration fee is $750 per entrepreneur, to be paid in 2 installments. The fee includes:

    • 5 professionally facilitated workshops
    • Access to curated set of learning materials
    • Opportunity to build peer-coaching relationships with other women entrepreneurs
    • Access to virtual tools for communicating with cohort between sessions
    • Coffee and yummy breakfast treats

Location: All workshops will be held at the offices at 123 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Madison, WI.

Nov 16

Founder Series

November 16 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Founder Series. If you are interested in receiving notification when the 2018 application window opens (likely October), please share your contact information below.


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