Networking Made Easy

Let's take that second degree connection and make it a first, shall we? Welcome to a room filled with future friends, business connections, and opportunities. Think of us as an adult college for the modern woman. At Second Degree Society, we are committed to curating meaningful connections, removing the awkwardness from networking, and offering speakers, workshops, and programs that address all aspects of your life.

Our mission is to provide an integrative approach to networking — focused on women and their personal, professional, and lifestyle development. We host a diversified series of monthly programming making connections easier and more authentic by handpicking who you meet, you'll learn to love networking.

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Imagine if networking felt more like hanging with your best friends

Have you ever walked into a room not knowing who to talk to? Rather, imagine knowing exactly who you wanted to talk to because you knew exactly who was in the room. At SDS, we do that for you. We handpick who you meet while networking, which means you can breathe. Re-imagine networking as a cocktail party with your future best friends (you just haven’t met them yet). 

Imagine being your full self. Not just what your linkedin profile tells you you are. You’re whole self, the stuff that lies beyond the job title. We’re a haven for the dreamers, the builders, and those that want to grow and expand. We’re a hub dedicated to bringing your dreams to life and helping you create the catalysts for connection. And we’re a safe space for you to whisper your dreams into a shout. 


What We Do at Second Degree

1:1 Coaching

Ready to grow your business through events, partnerships and community? Second Degree Society Founder, Emily Merrell helps you navigate the world of entrepreneurship with 1:1 coaching. Spots are limited and selective.

IRL + Virtual Events

Our community is about building real, authentic relationships, virtually. Our monthly events focus on bringing together women of all professions, ages and stages of entrepreneurship to experience fireside chats, moderated panels and intimate workshops geared toward personal, professional lifestyle empowerment and education.


This results-driven mastermind group focuses on next-level success for entrepreneurs. These collaborative sessions provide hands on brainstorming, connection and community with an exclusive 6-10 person group

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What to expect

  • Meet successful and ambitious women from around the globe for collaborations, partnerships, support and more. Also, when you join, you’ll be invited to our private Facebook and Slack network where hundreds of women from around the world share advice, resources, and support.
  • Each person you will meet is handpicked just for you. That means at every event you’ll see familiar faces but also be connected with new individuals for a 1:1 connection.
  • Every speaker is picked to educate, inspire with content that is actionable and relatable.

Upcoming IRL & Virtual Events

Wednesday, June 19
9:00-10:00am PST/12:00-1:00pm EST
Thursday, June 20
3:00 pm PST / 6:00 pm EST
Tuesday, June 25
3:00 pm PST / 6:00 pm EST
Wednesday, June 26
5:00-7:00pm MST


Have you been looking for a community of positive, curious, ambitious women? Are you eager to keep growing personally and professionally? 

Look no further, you’re in the right place. 

Six Degrees Society is a community of future friends that happen to do business together, inspire one another and change each other’s lives.

At SDS we are curious ambitious women that come together to connect for personal, professional and partnership connections through weekly virtual programming. 

So how does it work?

  • At each event we handpick who you meet, with each connection lasting 15 minutes and spanning 1-3 connections
  • Our daily programming is led by celebrity and thought leader experts that touch on topics from sexuality to business and everything in between

Who created this?

Emily Merrell is the Founder and Community Curator of Six Degrees Society, a Professional Speaker and Podcast host. She has supported thousands of ambitious women to get what they want in their personal and professional lives. SDS members often achieve their first paying clients, land a new job and a mentor by utilizing Emily’s expert knowledge shared through signature connection events, sold out masterminds and 1:1 coaching. Emily’s expertise has been applauded and featured by Refinery29, Girlboss, Forbes and Huffington Post.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Six Degrees Society has been fundamental to my business and life. I have not only met aligned clients, but incredible friends and inspiring colleagues. Having a curated match to deeply connect with is an absolute game-changer. When I looked at my end-of-year finances, I was astonished at how much income was coming directly from SDS leads and connections. I can’t speak highly enough about the power of this authentic, fun, heart-driven community.
Kelley Hoag, M.S.
Self-Trust Coach | Founder
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Above all Emily has curated a space where entrepreneurs can feel safe, supported and encouraged to share both their wins and discuss their struggles, helping cultivate tangible solutions. I can't recommend Six Degrees Mastermind enough, it helped me see my business from a birds eye view allowing me to fill in gaps, set up systems for more consistent growth, and develop tangible plans and strategies that yielded me results.
Ava Ghiotti
Merchants of Beauty
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Emily has changed the course of my business, and my social life. As a new entrepreneur, I didn't have a clue what I was getting myself info. Emily came to my rescue. With her support, and connections, I now have collaboration opportunities, a network of my own, and a success group coaching program that I can run along side my full time job. Emily takes the "solo" out of solopreneur. She reinstalls the dream of what building a business should be like.
Celeste Harrington
Burnout Coach
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Working with Emily has been incredibly inspiring. She is generous, encouraging and has helped me step into a new stage of my career, confidently. I've upgraded my systems, pivoted my coaching strategies and created new programming all during a pandemic. I highly recommend having Emily as your business coach and cheerleader!
Jenn Cassetta
Key Note Speaker
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I so enjoy being a part of Six Degrees Society, because it is a gold mine of like-minded women, who each come with their own special super power. So, whether you are looking for financial advice, a love and relationship coach, sustainability expertise, there is somebody in Six Degrees Society who has a special super power that you can connect to and who can help you.
Anna Bella
Spiritual Advisor
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I love being a member! Emily Merrell, i'm not shocked that she has found such an amazing community around her. Each event is inspiring, so educational. And the one-on-one's in the beginning, every time I have met an encouraging person on the other end. It's incredible, everyone is kind, supportive, welcoming, non-judgmental. I highly suggest giving the events a try, and you don't have to sign up right away. It is the best! I hope you enjoy!
Julia Santucci
Go Emerald Green

The Second Degree Podcast

The Second Degree Podcast is an interview style podcast for business professionals hosted by Second Degree Society Founder and Business Coach Emily Merrell filled with inspiring stories, actionable advice that allows you to learn from expert business leaders, founders to keep you inspired. 

Join Emily Merrell in a candid conversation with Tanessa Shears, diving into the challenges and triumphs of balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship. From managing two kids under three to optimizing sleep for peak performance, discover practical insights to reclaiming time, nurturing well-being, and redefining success on The Second Degree Society podcast
Join Emily Merrell and Holly Haynes in this insightful podcast episode as they discuss the power of podcasting, scaling businesses, and creating simple yet effective strategies for growth. From Holly's journey of being on over 300 podcast shows to her innovative approach to launching and scaling businesses, this conversation is packed with actionable insights and inspiration. Tune in for valuable tips on finding your niche, crafting a signature method, and navigating the dynamics of working with your partner in business. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this episode offers invaluable wisdom for anyone looking to crush the rush and build a successful business on their own terms.
Join Emily Merrell on The Second Degree Podcast as she explores the world of executive functioning with Corie Wightlin. Discover how executive dysfunction impacts daily life and learn practical strategies for overcoming challenges associated with neurodiversity. Gain valuable insights into personalized coaching approaches and find inspiration for fostering a supportive environment. Tune in for an enlightening conversation on navigating life's complexities with empathy and empowerment.

The Second Degree Blog

Check out the Second Degree Society blog for personal interviews, actionable advice for your personal and professional life.

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