Let our passion meet yours
 
 

Our vision:

Progress.

We empower up and coming leaders to innovate with intention and inclusivity for the greater good. Together, we create diverse and authentic programs and communities to help all women accelerate in business.

 
 

 

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4.8%

Fortune 500 CEOs are women

The number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies reached an all-time high of 6.4% in 2017 with 32 women heading major firms. That fell to 4.8% in 2018 after several high-profile women left their posts.

 

22.2%

fortune 500 board members are women

The share of women sitting on the boards of Fortune 500 companies has more than doubled, from 9.6% in 1995 to 22.2% in 2017. We can, and need, to do better.

 
 

50%

women in Stem have experienced discrimination

Women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) roles are more likely than men to have experienced workplace discrimination due to their gender.

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Mission.

PROGRESS.

pro·gress | \ prə-ˈgres  \

1: to move forward PROCEED

2: to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage

At Spark Labs, we care deeply about diversity, inclusion, and fixing the ratio of women in leadership globally. We believe that the more diverse teams and leaders are, the better the output and results will be for businesses globally.

To support this, we create personalized individual and group programs, communities, and partnerships that realize the full potential of people, organizations, leaders, and teams. We are a results-driven company, specializing in innovative and authentic programs and communities that help women (+ those that identify as women or wish to) reach and exceed their goals faster with strong mentorship, sponsorship, education, and community support.

With a focus on the ability to bring your “whole and authentic self” to both work and life, we bring to the table what you, your leaders, and your company need - an honest perspective, business and technology market know-how, personalized services for teams and individuals, and trusted resources through a great (and growing) community and partner network.

 

 

Programs.

 

Our Offerings are tailored to get you where you want to go

  • The Progress Series: This is a set of ongoing programs targeted at accelerating your personal and professional growth. Ever been on a conference call and wonder why you’re even on a call like that to begin with? We had that same thing happen, too. As you start to think through the next steps of your job, career, personal and life decisions and more, what’s your mission statement? What is happiness? Are you achieving your goals at the speed you need, and what’s your path for success, as you want to define it? It’s about thriving in life a new way - and your way.

  • Progress: A Spark Labs Community: A thriving curated community with the mission of empowering all women (+those that identify or wish to identify as women) in business by exceptional training, sponsorship, mentorship, advisors, and guidance to increase the number of women moving up the corporate ladder. Coming Fall 2019, we are looking for some additional early beta members - apply today.

  • Coaching Sessions: Coaching and mentoring sessions are available, and topics range from new leader and management skills to executive communication, presentation coaching, general mentoring and advisory and more.

 

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The Progress Series

This summer we are pleased to announce a new program from Spark Labs that focuses on women and identifying one’s authentic self. Simply put, we work to uplift women in technology, in business, and in life. As you start to think through the next steps of your job, career, personal and life decisions, and more, what’s your mission statement? What is happiness? Are you achieving your goals at the speed you need, and what’s your path for success, as you define it?

 

Create Your Mission

What’s the mission statement for your life? Have you found your purpose? Do you have goals you want to achieve or life changes you may be thinking about that you want to implement? This is your opportunity to create a new reality and the ability to build a mission that fits your purpose in life. What’s holding you back?
 

Map your passions

What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were younger and didn’t have today’s obstacles to overcome? We’ll work with you to map to your passions and figure out how you can be working towards them in life, in work; and with friends, significant others, and family.

Find Your Authentic Self

Do you have social or business networks that know who you really are? Do you sometimes feel like you’re different people at work versus at home? Do you think that you might be “faking it to make it” at times? We work through this and define a clear path for you to get where you want to go, authentically and with purpose.
 

a community of support

A strong set of communities and networks are critical for women to be successful, whether it be in business or in life. We offer an online and private community packed with learning materials, sponsors, potential mentors, educational courses and more to enable you to reach your goals.

 
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 Leadership.

 

Lauren Cooney, Founder & CEO

Lauren’s career has been founded upon grit, determination and relentless support and enablement of her teams, companies and customers. She currently mentors, advises, and sponsors both men and women in the technology and larger business industry, and she herself utilizes mentors and sponsors to further her own career.

With 20 years of demonstrated leadership and executive experience in venture capital, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies, she is often tapped to build and lead inclusive direct and cross-organizational teams to create or revamp products, programs, strategy, and marketing. Known for building communities around developer programs, open source, women in technology, mentorship and leadership programs, her expertise in business, technology, and community has been recognized by The Huffington Post, Business Insider, CIO Magazine, Light Reading, and other publications. Her experience building sustainable and successful programs and communities stems from experience in leadership and executive roles at BEA Systems (now Oracle), IBM, Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems and Equinix.

Lauren lives in Marin, California with her boyfriend Cooper, dog, Milo, and two cats - all who you can often see featured on her Instagram feed. You can reach out to her via LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, or email her directly.

 

 

 

Get Involved.

 

Sign Up For early access (Limited)

We are looking for early beta testers and individuals to work with us to make our new programs and community even better. Join the waitlist today.

Partner & Sponsor opportunities

Apply to become a partner or a sponsor and work with Spark Labs or our amazing community of diverse women in business. Let’s work together.