2020 Executive Excellence Awards: Amy Nelson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Riveter

The Riveter provides professional and personal development programming aimed for women

A former corporate litigator, Amy Nelson established The Riveter in Seattle as a “modern union for working women.”

Less than three years later, the co-working-space company employs 85 people at 10 locations in seven cities and has raised more than $20 million in venture capital.

The Riveter offers professional and personal development programming, events, flexible membership and collaborative workspaces. Membership is open to anyone, but the company was founded with the goal of helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

It holds events across the country with top business leaders and gives members discounts on child care and health and wellness services. The Riveter has hosted discussions related to women and work with the likes of Jane Fonda, Katie Couric and Maria Shriver. Nelson also spearheaded The Riveter 2020 campaign, which invited Democratic presidential contenders Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Steve Bullock and others to address key issues.

Nelson and her team are also focused on raising awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion in business.

Earlier this year, Nelson told Seattle Business magazine that “it isn’t surprising that there are more Fortune 500 CEOs today named John than there are women CEOs, but at the same time, it’s a notion we must reject. Women are the primary breadwinners in almost half of American homes, and we can make up the majority of the C-suite in America’s Fortune 500 boardrooms.”

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