At Second Degree Society, we are authentically ourselves. We’re a group of strong, independent, and fierce women who are reinventing what it means to network. A lot of the time, we all wonder “what’s the point of networking?” It’s often only associated with work and doesn’t focus on the building of relationships and real connections. More importantly, how often does it revolve around women?

Our mission is to provide an integrative approach to networking — focused on women and their personal, professional, and lifestyle development. We know how tricky it all can be, so it’s our goal to be your social network IRL. We make connecting easier and more authentic. Instead of exchanging business cards, we want to exchange phone numbers and stories!

We host a diversified series of monthly programming for women professionals of all ages and stages of life. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re established, switching careers or in the middle of a move — we are here for you! Experience fireside chats, moderated panels, and intimate workshops all across the country to educate and empower yourself.



I'm Chief Networker and Founder of Six Degrees Society. People also (lovingly) refer to me as "20 questions" because I've always loved figuring out people's stories. While working in the fashion industry, I dreamt up a place where individuals could come together from all industries, all backgrounds and show up who they are -- unapologetically. Nothing makes me happier connecting people who could mutually make each other's lives more enjoyable.

In addition to Six Degrees Society, I also work with companies, founders, and solopreneurs who are looking to build a strong community of their own, plan events that inspire and develop partnerships that move the needle.


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. 

Second Degree 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 Second Degree 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!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 22
9:00 am PST / 12:00 pm EST
Friday, May 24
11:00-12:00pm PST/2:00-3:00pm EST
Wednesday, May 29
6:30-8:30pm MST
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