“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.”

Em Shank

Venly Fellow ’14

Venly selected Em as a Fellow after they 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 2021. Venly’s competitive selection process includes an online application, an assessment of social media best practices by local businesses, interviews, and a field-based community connection evaluation. Venly Fellows receive a baseline stipend of $30,000 with opportunities for additional service-based compensation throughout the Fellowship. Fellows also receive health and dental insurance.

Attributes of a Venly Fellow and Post-Fellowship Professional Paths

Venly looks for topflight applicants with:

  • Commitment to continuously learn from people and new experiences.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, collaborate on a team, make an impact, and be accountable.
  • Online research skills and attention to detail.
  • Passionate motivation to help local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen each community they serve.
Upon Fellowship Completion

You will be:

  1. Venly field certified on best practices for local businesses in outreach & engagement, community commerce, operations, and cybersecurity.
  2. Accomplished as a professional consultant leading new client outreach, strategy development, campaign management, and behavior change for businesses across multiple market categories.
  3. Recognized for achieving measurable revenue growth with local business leaders.
  4. Experienced in disaster preparedness and incident response best practices for local businesses.
  5. Distinguished for employment & advanced studies throughout your career.
Post-Fellowship Professional Paths

While the Post-Fellowship careers that Fellows ultimately pursue vary widely, Accepted Candidates most often see themselves on five Post-Fellowship Professional Paths:

  1. Social Enterprise & Business Leadership – Interest in business and/or business school.
  2. Strategy & Operations Leadership – Interest in leading business strategy and operations efforts.
  3. Marketing Leadership – Interest in digital marketing or large-scale marketing based on an understanding of local community demand and demographics.
  4. Technology & Society Leadership – Interest in Sustainable & Inclusive Growth through Networked AI & Big Data, cybersecure ecommerce, and data science.
  5. Community Organizing & Public Leadership – Interest in communities, movements, and grassroots causes.

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 their shared beliefs into six simple expressions:


  1. I believe in being part of a next generation of high-integrity, ethical community leadership where members upskill each other to accomplish progress that would be impossible otherwise.
  2. I believe in strengthening communities through local businesses and innovation in a world of ecommerce and global competition.
  3. I believe helping businesses grow begins with understanding what their strengths are, what they most want, and what they most need.
  4. I believe the core of the Fellowship is professional and personal growth for me, as a Fellow, and commercial growth for the communities and businesses that I serve.
  5. I am an independent thinker and I am confident in my training, tools, and ability to take initiative.
  6. I want to be part of a successful ongoing collaboration with local businesses that depends on past and future Fellows.


If these values match your passion for helping local businesses and your goals for the next year, complete our application to receive an assessment of your fit followed by a Venly interview in-person or over the web.


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 learner pathway. The Venly Fellowship currently certifies in the following ten skill sets within five Business Tracks starting with Core:


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.


Each Fellow’s unique year can be divided into four quarters of personal and professional development milestones followed by the time after completing their Fellowship. Venly refers to these phases and milestones as the Fellowship Journey.



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.