Closing the Success Gap for Women in Business - Mentoress Collective

Closing the Success Gap for
Women in Business

How to bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be and go as fierce and as far in business (and life) as you desire

Look, the research is clear. Women are NOT tiny men. Female and female-adjacent freelancers and entrepreneurs face different and greater challenges than men do. And many solutions that work for men simply do not work for women. 

The secret to overcoming these challenges is to focus on the powerful, tested-in-the-trenches real-world strategies and tactics specifically proven to work for women.

For the first time ever, today’s leading female entrepreneurs, experts, bestselling authors, and thought leaders came together for five days to share their best mentoring to change the future for women in business. 

The ripple effect was bigger than anything we might have imagined, with women telling us this event has changed everything they believed about female mentoring.

“I cannot believe the generosity of these women. I have only previously been thrown under the bus by women. Always wanted a mentor! This is a completely different vibe than I’ve ever experienced.“ – Jonna Jerome

Get all the mentoring wisdom from…

The landmark Closing the Success Gap for Women in Business symposium


Now you can uplevel your career and your business with unlimited access to all 24 in-depth sessions on closing The Money Gap, The Leadership Gap, The Self-Care Gap, The Caregiving Gap, The Growth Gap and The Mentorship Gap. 

PLUS, our groundbreaking 44-page research report, Closing the Success Gap for Women in Business. AND our gorgeous 84-page anthology, Uprising: How fierce female freelancers are closing the success gap for women in business.

All designed to help you break through the barriers that are holding you back and take your business and career to the next level.


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Get life-changing mentoring from these powerful female leaders, who came together for the first time to pay it forward to the next generation of women in business.

They’ve  shared their go-to strategies for building a profitable and personally fulfilling business today – without sacrificing your health or your sanity!

Closing The Money Gap

Jenny Thompson
Founder and CEO of SafetyPIN Technologies

Kira Hug
Co-Founder and Podcast Co-Host for The Copywriter Club

Julie Ann Cairns
Top Selling Author of The Abundance Code

Nicola Corzine
Executive Director at NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, NASDAQ Mentor Makers

Melissa Jun Rowley
Founder of Warrior Love Productions, Contributor for BBC News and Forbes

Closing The Caregiving & Self-Care Gaps

Belinda Weaver
Copywriting Coach and Mentor, Founder of Copywrite Matters

Laurel Anne Stark
Business and Marketing Consultant, CEO and Founder of the Resurgo App

Pauline Longdon
Direct Response Copywriter and Copy Mentor, Founder of The Copy Alchemist, Bestselling Author

Yasmine El Baggari
Founder and CEO of Voyaj

Ilise Benun
Founder of, Business Coach for the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Author of 7 Books

Closing The Leadership Gap

Dr. Cindy Childress
The Expert’s Ghostwriter, Founder of Childress Business Communication and Amazon Bestselling Ghostwriter

Erika Nolan
International CEO of The Agora Companies

Elizabeth Massing
Director of Personnel and Talent at 14 West

Annie Hyman Pratt
CEO and Executive Consultant, Founder of Leading Edge Teams

Katie Yeakle
Co-Founder and Executive Director of American Writers & Artists Institute

Rebecca Matter
President of American Writers & Artists Institute

Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne
Rocket Scientist, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker, Multiple Leadership Roles at NASA

Closing The Growth Gap

Angie Colee
Confidence Coach and Business Strategist, Copy Chief, and Host of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast

Laura Steward
Business Strategist, International Speaker, Bestselling Author, and Host of It’s All About the Questions with Laura Steward, Founder of Wisdom Learned, LLC

Carline Anglade-Cole
Award-Winning Direct Response Copywriter, Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Mentor, Founder of the C.R.A.Z.Y Copy System Live Mentoring After Show!

Aubrey R. Paris, Ph.D.
Former IEEE-USA Science & Engineering Diplomacy Fellow

Closing The Growth Gap

Mary Pierce Brosmer
Award-Winning Author, Founder of Women Writing for (a) Change and the Feminist Leadership Academy

Monica Day
Speaker, Author, and Founder of MAD Life

Barbara Annis
CEO of Gender Intelligence Group and World-Renowned Expert on Gender, Diversity, and Inclusive Leadership

Hosted by

Marcella Allison

Founder of the Mentoress Collective, Award-Winning Direct Response Copywriter, Author of Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?

“This was amazing – and EXACTLY what I needed to see today. Thank you!” – Merikay Noah


“Thank you, Marcella! I really appreciate you and your team bringing all these speakers together. And thank you to the speakers! Well done, all!”– Lauren Methena

Hard Won Advice from the
Mentoress Collective

The Mentoress Collective includes some of the most successful women in business today. It’s a fearless group of over 2,000 take-no-prisoners creative freelancers and entrepreneurs with a passion for paying it forward to others. Together we have over a thousand years of collective wisdom and experience… (but we don’t look a day over 16). 

We know what it’s like to doubt yourself and your abilities. We’ve struggled with money, imposter syndrome, burnout, self-doubt, bias and blowback. 

We’ve fought to grow our businesses while caring for young children and elderly parents in a global pandemic. We’ve faced hurdle after hurdle on the road to success.

Now we want to show YOU the way.  Because you do NOT have to end up another grim statistic… a failed entrepreneur with an empty bank account and a broken dream. 

I promise you that whatever you’re facing or struggling with in your business right now, you are not alone. Millions of women are facing these challenges also.

But, the good news is that with more women than ever before starting businesses, you have more solutions, more help, and more support than ever before. 

You do not have to destroy your health, your wealth and your wellbeing just to succeed. Building and running your own business can be fun and, dare I say it, joyful. 

So ditch the bra, kick off your shoes, grab your favorite beverage and let’s get down to business.

Here’s What You’ll Discover in our
Closing the Success Gap Symposium

This landmark event is loaded with dozens of female-focused money solutions that can transform your business and your bank account. Solutions like…

  • Never leave money on the table again. Discover exactly how much more men are charging for the exact same copywriting job, based on a groundbreaking survey of 500 creative freelancers in The Copywriter Club.
  • Learn how to accept abundance into your life without shame. Just follow these simple steps to let go of your financial trauma and finally stop the cycle of self-sabotage.
  • How to charge what you’re worth with the confidence of a cocky dude.
  • Want to raise money from venture capital investors? Dye your roots and other fundraising trench warfare lessons from Jenny Thompson, Founder and CEO of SafetyPIN Technologies.
  • How to detour around the systemic financial barriers slowing down female and BIPOC entrepreneurs. (Hint: it’s not just about rerouting the flow of capital).
  • The subtle clue that lets you know when you’re about to sabotage yourself. Here’s how to become Nancy Drew and stop this behavior before it wreaks havoc on your business.
  • Hidden resources you never knew about: how to get a top NASDAQ entrepreneur to mentor you for FREE.
  • Lessons from scrappy entrepreneurs succeeding against all odds from Beirut to Boston. What these women can teach you about resilience and ingenuity.

But that’s not all. You’ll also uncover insider advice on how to escape the toxic “Superwoman” trap that keeps us stuck in perpetual burnout and overwhelm. After watching these sessions you’ll understand:

  • How to put down the mental load and stop managing all the things for all the humans in your householdwithout worrying that the world will end if you do!
  • Why female entrepreneurs are at greater risk for mental illness than their male counterparts (and strategies for protecting yourself).
  • Tapping into your future self to help you make critical decisions today (a former Army Major turned entrepreneur reveals her secret).
  • When “hustle culture” becomes toxic to women (and how to keep yourself from falling into that trap).
  • The shocking reason why becoming an entrepreneur triples your risk of mental illness and what to do about it.
  • How to prevent your passion from destroying your business.
  • How to leverage your business as an incubator for radical growth and empowerment in your personal life. Here are a few experiments you can try out in your own company, today.
  • The uncommon secret to finding a REAL balance between work and life. It’s so much more important for leaders, and we frequently leave it out entirely.
  • Saying “no.” You already know that you NEED to, here’s how to actually start DOING the thing.

“Outstanding session! Thank you so much, Marcella!” – Jennifer Holmes


“The level of awareness happening here is captivating” – Judy Halish

And, the advice doesn’t stop there.  Top female executives, mind-set coaches, leadership experts, and entrepreneurs all weigh in on the best way to position yourself as an expert in your field and lead with authenticity. Their hard-won wisdom will teach you:

  • How to be a great leader of real humans with real feelings. Discover how two leaders learned to navigate the pandemic and the social unrest following George Floyd’s murder by leaning into vulnerability. 
  • The critical differences between being a skilled expert, a manager, and a leader, and how knowing where you fit best can propel your career forward. 
  • Common negotiating mistakes women make that undermine your effectiveness as a leader. Plus, what to do instead.
  • How smart leaders renegotiate when the environment changes. This is one skill you MUST master in today’s constantly changing world. 
  • When taking the risk to show up as your whole self at work can pay off.
  • How entrepreneurial trailblazers set out on their own path – you’re going to want to try some of these ideas for yourself! 
  • How to react when the rest of the world says “Your dream is wrong.” 
  • What does authentic leadership really look like? Lessons from the HR Director of a Billion Dollar Company, a NASA Rocket scientist, and a Doctor of Poetry.

Plus, learn how to get comfortable with taking risks and making uncomfortable leaps, because that’s the only way we grow. These fearless female leaders share…

  • Innovation secrets from an award-winning scientist and content creator that can help you uncover new solutions and reach new markets in your business. 
  • How to ask your competitors for help. Building the right relationships with your peers could be the difference between boom and bust.
  • Secrets of the “Muumuu Guru”. What a Haitian grandmother can teach you about releasing your “Inner Hustle” to grow your business. 
  • The power of the perfect pivot. How to turn your “all is lost” moment into rocket fuel for your own personal and business growth.

“The memories this speech is finding within me are bubbling over and running down my face” – Alix (they/them)


“Marcella – kudos to a phenomenal event that will keep us thriving!!” – Karen Moldt

Finally, find out how to find a female mentor and how to be a better mentor to others. 

  • The one mistake older women make when mentoring younger peers. Avoid this at all costs!
  • NEVER start with this phrase when presenting an idea in a co-ed meeting. You’ll be dismissed immediately. Here’s what to say instead to get your idea recognized and promoted. Mentoring advice from Barbara Annis of the Gender Intelligence Group.
  • How to mentor each other across a wide range of differences. Plus, how the intersectionality of these differences could lead to the best solutions for your business.
  • One feminist leader’s sage advice on how to survive and thrive in male-dominated spaces. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.
  • Why the old top-down male guru model of mentoring no longer works for women and how a new mentoring model could increase your authority at work and nearly triple your pay.


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This symposium should be required viewing for all female and female-adjacent freelancers. 

Despite the fact that we are starting new businesses in record numbers, female entrepreneurs and freelancers are still in the minority. That’s because we face greater and different challenges compared to men.

It’s not about men vs. women, it’s about all of us. As a woman, you are part of a global movement of over 230 million women in business. Their dreams matter. Your dreams matter.

So invest in yourself and give your business the best chance of success with Closing the Success Gap from the Mentoress Collective.

See what these women had to share about the expert advice and mentoring they received at our landmark event…

“I just have to say that I have been gobsmacked by the amazing women and their presentations. THANK YOU!” – Cathy Catlin


“I had ONE mentoring session with my Mentoress Collective Mentor and was stunned by how connected and inspired and empowered I felt afterward. It literally erased ANY doubt I had about considering asking for a mentor. My mentor literally gave me strength & courage I never could have imagined. Feel SO blessed to be starting down this path…” – Elizabeth Pickart


“These sessions have been outstanding!!!” – Diane McVicker


“I’m catching up, and of course I am going out of order. With each speaker, I was like, “THIS one is the best.” And then the next one would develop ideas from previous speeches. Wonderful. Be right back. I need to process this. – Dina AH


“Today was amazing – this just keeps getting better and better every day! Thank you, Marcella and all your wonderful speakers! 🙏💜 “- Patti Smith

Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this game-changing, career-saving collection of hard-won wisdom… 

When you purchase the Closing the Success Gap recordings today, you also receive these 2 Special Bonuses:


Our groundbreaking 44-page research report, Closing the Success Gap for Women in Business. 

A $49.00 value – yours FREE.

This report features the latest research on the major success gaps women are facing right now. Fair warning, you’re going to want to throw your laptop at the wall when you see some of these statistics. But you know what they say, “Forewarned is forearmed”. 

You need to understand exactly what you’re up against if you hope to build a lasting and successful business. If nothing else, you’ll walk away knowing that it’s not “just you” and it’s most definitely not “all in your head”!


Our gorgeous 84-page anthology, Uprising: How fierce female freelancers are closing the success gap for women in business, edited by Dr. Cindy Childress.

A $29.00 value – yours FREE.

There was simply no way to capture all of the knowledge from our incredible lineup of speakers in the time we had for each interview during the event. 

So we asked each woman to share some of her personal stories with you as well as any resources to help you get to the next level in your career. 

As usual, these women went above and beyond to give you the tools you need to succeed.

The result is a stunning anthology of women’s wisdom, advice and mentoring from some of the smartest women in business edited by the talented Dr. Cindy Childress.

Both of these bonuses are yours FREE when you order your copy of the Closing the Success Gap Recordings today.

Not only did women tell us how valuable the event was for them, but industry leaders reached out to share their gratitude for the impact this event had on the women in their communities as well.

“Another great day! I just kept thinking… what a massive undertaking this must have been. Heck, getting ONE person to show up for ONE interview takes hours. Not to mention promotion, follow up, coordination, questions about what will take place etc. I hope you are feeling very proud and fulfilled and continuing to celebrate your triumph bringing this to the world.” – David Deutsch


“Marcella, I HOPE to HELL you are celebrating and giving yourself high fives if that’s physically possible. Your vision and bringing it to life are inspiring and filled with love and generosity. I have learned so much and was so honored to participate. Pages of notes!” – Mary Pierce Brosmer, Award-Winning Author, Founder of Women Writing for (a) Change and the Feminist Leadership Academy


“Marcella – First of all – you need to have your own talk show! You are cool, calm & collected and you look beautiful! LOVED today’s seminar! You are on fire!” – Carline Anglade-Cole, Award-Winning Direct Response Copywriter, Founder of the C.R.A.Z.Y Copy System Live Mentoring After Show!


If you want to know what seasoned experts like David Deutsch, Mary Pierce Brosmer, and Carline Anglade-Cole, are raving about…

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You’ll discover a wealth of wisdom for female freelancers and entrepreneurs that could literally change the course of your business forever.

Closing the Success Gap for Women in Business
Hosted by the Mentoress Collective

If just one piece of advice from the 25 expert speakers in this symposium boosts your confidence to charge what you are worth… helps you grow your business… frees you from imposter syndrome or self doubt… or generates just one new income-producing idea… it’s worth its weight in gold.

Like this tip from Barbara Annis, CEO of Gender Intelligence Group, about how to present your idea in a meeting so it’s heard and you are seen as credible…

Look, building and growing a freelance business or entrepreneurial venture is hard. That’s why so few businesses survive the first five years. 

I’ve been there. I know how hard it is. That’s why I want to make sure this business-saving advice is available to all female and female-adjacent freelancers, creatives, and entrepreneurs at an affordable price.

I don’t want any woman giving up and throwing in the towel and drowning herself in chocolate and bourbon because she’s reached the end of her entrepreneurial rope.

I want to make sure you have the mentoring you need to succeed. Because as we say in the Mentoress Collective, we all rise together.

That’s why even though I’ve been told by multiple mentors that this symposium is well worth $1,500 or more…

You do not have to pay anywhere near that amount.

Plus, you receive not one but two Special Bonuses.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to uplevel your business with expert mentoring and coaching from some of the smartest women in business today. It’s our way of paying it forward.

Start Closing the
Success Gap Today

Join 25 powerhouse female leaders and experts as they…

Close The Money Gap:  Women face greater challenges accessing capital, and a pay gap that continues to persist, whether you work for yourself or others.


Find out how to start charging what you’re really worth, earn more, and raise more money for your business.


Close The Caregiving and Self-Care Gaps:  Women worldwide still perform the majority of caregiving duties and carry the bulk of the mental and emotional labor at home. This “second shift” takes a huge toll on women. Female entrepreneurs often suffer from burnout, are at greater risk for mental illness, and put their own physical health and well-being last.


Learn how to ask for what you need as a caregiver, how to set clear boundaries with others, and how to practice better self-care.


Close The Leadership Gap: Despite decades of progress, male CEOs still outnumber female CEOs by 17 to one. And men are still twice as likely to become entrepreneurs. As women, we deal with backlash, imposter syndrome, and a lack of confidence.


Gain the confidence you need to position yourself as an expert in your field and lead with authenticity.


Close The Growth Gap:  For years we’ve praised women for “playing it safe” financially, while punishing them for not taking bigger risks in business. It’s a double-edged sword that stops women from succeeding at the highest levels.


Discover how to take bigger swings and greater leaps, not without risk, but with wisdom and confidence guiding the way.


Close The Mentorship Gap: Even though mentors are proven to help you succeed faster and go farther, many women are still reluctant to ask for a mentor — that is, if you can find one.


Discover why the old top-down “guru” model of mentorship no longer works and how you can use a new model of mentoring to get the insight, advice, and skills you need to succeed.

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This is vital information that every woman and business needs, not just to survive, but to thrive and grow. 

And every man who coaches or mentors women needs to understand the key differences between male and female entrepreneurs, if he wants to be effective. 

Take it from me when I say, you cannot do this alone. None of us can. But together we can build a new future for women in business… one woman, one business, one step at a time.


Marcella Allison

Founder, Mentoress Collective

PS: Please note: if you’re already a Senior Member of the Mentoress Collective, you can access the entire Closing the Success Gap event in our private Mentoress Collective Training Library. Not yet a member? Interested in learning more? Go to

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