Employer FAQ

This overview of the Chief of Staff Network aims to help potential CoS Network members and their employers better understand the community and programs offered. 

What is the Chief of Staff Network

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The Chief of Staff Network (LinkedIn) was founded in 2016 as a community hub and learning platform for Chiefs of Staff to connect, share best practices and learn the skill sets that would help them and their teams operate at their highest level. Our members have actively contributed research, shared learnings and stories, and professional development resources to help operators excel and organizations to best utilize the role.

Our team’s unique experience working in CoS roles and coaching leaders at some of the fastest growing companies in the world has enabled us to develop programs custom-designed to address the types of tactical challenges and career questions every CoS faces. We offer purpose-built networking and learning opportunities to accelerate our members’ careers. 

Who is involved in the CoS Network?

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As our community has evolved, we’ve welcomed hundreds of Chiefs of Staff from early stage startups to high-growth companies, non-profits, and public companies across a variety of industries around the world. Membership is by application only. We review every applicant individually validating previous career experience, role & responsibilities as a CoS, and their employer.

Many of our members have also moved on from the CoS role itself developing into business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors and continue to engage with the Network in an advisory capacity. 

Years of Experience

0-5 - 30%
5-10 - 40%
10-15 - 20%
15+ - 6%

Male / Female

~45% / 55%

CoS Level Ranges (1-5)

Most members identify as being between Level 3-4, with an eye to leveling up at least one step within the 18-36 months they will be doing the role (typical role rotation of a CoS). See CoS Network Leveling Framework.

Selected Members

Conor Sweeney — CoS at Box
Stephen Olmstead — CoS at InVision
Tyler Young — CoS at Braze
Maggie Fisher — CoS at Diligent
Winnie Wang — CoS at Oscar Health
Leland Chamlin — CoS at Bowery Farming
Lily Mintz — CoS at Bitly

Selected Advisors

Lindsay Schweigler — Head of Design Operations at Apple & Fmr. CoS at Dropbox
Kyle Estes — Dir Of Technology Operations, Capsule & Fmr. CoS at Flatiron Health
Maggie Hsu — Global Business Development, AWS & Fmr. CoS at Zappos
Graham Neray — Co-founder & CEO, Oso & Fmr. CoS @ MongoDB
Nik Milanović — BD & Strategy, Google Finance / Pay & Fmr. Head of Strategy at Petal
Tani Brown — Head of Community & Fmr. CoS at Jopwell

What can I expect as a member of the CoS Network?

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We don’t believe great leaders can learn everything they need to know about their role and develop meaningful skills or relationships in a course that lasts only a few weeks. We purposefully develop our programming to accommodate Chiefs of Staff at all stages of their career path and to provide ongoing support, resources, and community for when our members need it most.

  1. CoS Development Tracks — We run a series of interactive learning programs catered to different elements of a Chief of Staff experience. Each program consists of highly engaging video lessons, live virtual presentations with subject-matter experts, peer group discussions, and much more. Successful completion of each Track results in a Chief of Staff Network certification.

    - Foundations Track: 3 week interactive program designed equally for new or current Chiefs of Staff that want to maximize their leadership potential and impact on their team. Topics include Understanding and Communicating your Purpose, Building your Credibility, Becoming a Thought Partner, and Getting to Steady State.

    - Master Track: 4 week intensive learning program designed to maximize the tactical and leadership skills that will accelerate your team and career. Topics include Building Scalable Businesses, Driving Strategic Initiatives, Becoming the “Master Generalist”, Bridging the C-Suite Gap, and more.

    - Navigation Track:
    2 week program designed specifically to answer the looming questions every CoS and principal face - how to best navigate the position? Topics include expanding the scope and responsibilities of a CoS, paths to grow into other senior operating positions, applying generalist skills to entrepreneurship, and more.
  2. Knowledge Hub — The largest selection of CoS playbooks, operational frameworks and guides, and other resources generated by members of the community.
  3. Chief of Staff Pods — Join other Chiefs of Staff in private, small group sessions to share best practices on your role. Pods are designed to develop key traits like collaboration, teamwork, empathy, communication, and emotional intelligence essential to effective leadership.
  4. CoS Connections— Opt-in programs to connect with other CoS based on company size, experience level, location, industry and more.
  5. Robust Community — Our members engage with one another online in Slack and through our local community Chapters to meet in person.
  6. Local Chapters — Dedicated Chapter Heads lead the community in major tech hubs around the world including San Francisco, New York and London. ~20% of members are located outside these cities. New Chapters launching soon include Austin, Toronto, Berlin, and Sydney.
  7. Advisor Connections & Mentorship — A hand-selected group of former CoS donate their time and attention to helping our members develop key skills and a clearer understanding of their role and career path. Many are certified professional coaches and offer their coaching services for additional fees as well.
  8. Ongoing Events — As continuous learners in rapidly changing environments, we believe it’s important to maintain a great schedule of live events that help CoS connect with one another in social settings, learn from their peers in dedicated roundtable discussions, and interact with other subject matter experts.
  9. CoS Annual Summit — In partnership with career advisory and recruiting service, Prime Chief of Staff, the CoS Network will host a virtual summit for Chiefs of Staff around the world, combining various leaders, resources, and networking opportunities into a 2-day packed agenda. CoS Network members joining before Sept 1 will get access to the Summit at no extra cost.

What is the cost of the CoS Network?

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The CoS Network has an annual fee of $850 to join. We offer a monthly payment option of $85/month as well. All memberships are annual. Memberships are payable through corporate credit card and can be split between employer and employee if desired.

We believe the value in learning & development for Chiefs of Staff vastly outweighs the cost of membership. Many of our members have been active Chiefs of Staff in the community for years and continue to learn and grow as we add new members and develop new programs. We’re excited to help every CoS develop further into their role or take the next step as leaders in other areas of their organizations.

Reach out to Scott Amenta, scott@chiefofstaff.network for more information.

We look forward to welcoming your Chief of Staff to our community!

Have additional questions?

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‍Reach out to Scott Amenta, scott@chiefofstaff.network for more information.