“Our work on our website and social media outreach with our Venly Fellows increased our firm’s revenue by 86% in the last year.”

– Tom Warger, CEO
Fourth-year Venly Client
with his business’s Fellow,
Kanisha Hans ’16

“Success in the Venly Fellowship for me was measured by my passion and effort to make a connection and significant impact with the local businesses I worked with during the year.”

Tim Hopp

Venly Fellow ’17

Venly selected Tim as a Fellow after he graduated from Emmanuel College in 2016.

“The most exciting part of being a Fellow is using the Venly tools and training to guide my local business clients so they succeed through social media.”

Emma Shank

Venly Fellow ’14

Venly selected Emma as a Fellow after she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2013.

“It was such an honor working with the Venly team and learning from the Venly team.”

Colleen Farrell
Venly Social Media Support Team Lead

Venly selected Colleen as Support Team Lead after she completed her service as a U.S. Marine officer leading Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan.


Venly Fellowship Overview

The Venly Fellowship is a prestigious 12-month applied learning and teaching experience for a select team of pioneering candidates who passionately want to serve community businesses locally and globally. Candidates may be:

    1. Recent Graduates
    2. Returning Veterans
    3. Military Spouses
Local businesses across the U.S. and Canada face three massive challenges: eCommerce, global competition, and overwhelming contract complexity. They need emerging leaders who can help them to overcome these challenges with new core capabilities:

    • Social media-based outreach and engagement
    • Community commerce-based innovation of products and services
    • Cloud-based operations software
    • Cybersecure grassroots use of big data and artificial intelligence
The Venly Fellowship will launch nationally in 2018. Venly’s competitive selection process includes an assessment of social media best practices, an online application, and interviews. Venly Fellows receive a baseline stipend of $26,000 with opportunities for additional service-based compensation throughout the Fellowship. Fellows also receive health and dental insurance.

Attributes of a Venly Fellow

Fellow attributes as a topflight recent graduate or returning veteran before entering the Venly Fellowship:

    • Proven ability to communicate effectively, collaborate on a team, make an impact, be accountable, and never quit
    • Commitment to continuously learn from people and new experiences
    • Online research skills and attention to detail
    • Passionate motivation to help local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen each community they serve
Fellow attributes at completion of the Fellowship:

    • Venly field certified in social media, community commerce, and cloud-based best practices for local businesses
    • Cross-trained in multiple market categories
    • Recognized for achieving measurable revenue growth with local business leaders
    • Accomplished at leading new client outreach and behavior change within a business
    • Experienced in applied cybersecurity and emergency preparedness best practices for local businesses
    • Distinguished for employment & advanced studies throughout their career

Core Values of a Venly Fellow

One thing Venly Fellows have in common is that their backstories are so different! They also share a belief in the powerful difference that each person, business, and community can make individually and as a team. Fellows distill those beliefs into six simple expressions:


    • I believe in strengthening communities through local businesses and innovation.
    • I believe that at the core of the Fellowship is personal and professional growth for me as a Fellow and commercial growth for the communities and businesses that I serve.
    • I am an independent thinker, and I am confident in my training, tools, and ability to take initiative.
    • I am a team member and part of a successful ongoing collaboration with businesses and communities that depends on past and future Fellows.
    • I believe helping businesses and communities grow starts with understanding what their strengths are, what they most want, and what they most need.
    • I believe in being part of the next generation of high-integrity, ethical community leadership.


If the Fellowship overview matches your passion for helping local businesses and goals for the next year, complete the assessment and application below on your way to a Venly interview in-person or over the web.

Core Business Tracks and Skill Sets from the Venly Fellowship

All the learning, teaching, and field certifications of the Fellowship build out core and specialty skill sets. During the Fellowship these skill sets help a community and its local businesses at each step of a Fellow’s uniquely designed learning pathway. The Venly Fellowship currently certifies in the following skill sets within four Core Track:


Skill Sets

The field certifications within this skill set demonstrate both 1) a depth of understanding in the major social media channels and their business applications and 2) the ability to effectively communicate and train businesses on these understandings.

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to develop, evaluate, and implement social media strategies for businesses across the range of market categories. Strategies include recommendations to increase business return on investment (e.g. increasing search engine optimization, website hits), establishing long- and short-term client goals, and benchmarking previous progress as a starting point to launch measurable, effective campaigns. 

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to use analytic tools to interpret and strategize social media performance, as well as develop and implement targeted approaches for outreach and engagement. These abilities guide priorities and drive businesses to adopt the use of social media based analytics for strategic/tangible return on investment. 

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to effectively train individuals and groups across market categories. Trainings include tutorials and public speaking engagements, as well as the full lifecycle of planning, delivery, and follow-up with a client. 

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to evaluate the expected results, timing, and budget implications associated with a given business’s social strategy and available resources.  

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to generate original written and/or visual content tailored to a business’s specific needs for their social media channels and other online platforms.

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to design, launch, manage, and measure the effectiveness of targeted advertising campaigns across social media related platforms.

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to define the requirements for the business and build the website.

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to define and launch eCommerce capabilities for businesses to innovate, display, and sell products and services online either independently or with partners.

The field certifications in this skill set demonstrate the ability to benchmark businesses on their operational effectiveness and use of cybersecure cloud-based applications.


Next Steps

Think you may be a great fit? Please click “Apply to be a Fellow Here” to begin the assessment and application process. A Venly team member will be in touch with you soon.