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Her Corner is pleased to offer The Accelerator, a proven business coaching program focusing on business growth and scalability specifically for women business owners.

Next Cohort Launching in Late First Quarter 2022


The Accelerator

What is The Accelerator?

The Accelerator is an twelve-week virtual business growth program, designed by women business owners for women business owners, where you’ll meet each month to discuss your business goals in collaboration with likeminded women executives.

You’ll acquire not only the knowledge you need to grow your business – from vision to cash flow analysis, from marketing to business prospecting – you’ll also get accountability and community while you gain the confidence to accomplish your goals.


“It’s been 10 years since I completed my MBA and I feel like I just took a class that combined every relevant thing I learned in my MBA classes and expanded upon them in a way that helped grow my business. I was shocked at how much I learned and implemented in 6 months.” 

– MT Business Owner 


What You'll Get

“This class has changed the way I operate and understand my business. I tell everyone about this program and feel like every female entrepreneur should take this class and would benefit from it.” 

– MT Business Owner 

Gain the clarity you need.

“As a former participant and now double business owner I can vouch for the effectiveness of the program and the huge impact it can make.”


Reach your goals faster!

“By the end of this year, I had reached – and exceeded – my financial goals for next year!”


ROI too good to be true.

“The return on investment in the Accelerator has been so incredible that I feel somewhat guilty.”


How it Works

An Accelerator Success Case Study

Kim Dow, Owner, Kalico Design & Sass Magazine

“My business doubled its employees and sales. I also have time again for me, my husband, even vacations. It’s one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made!” 

Read about how the Accelerator helped one “stuck” business owner changed her business and changed her life.

What You’ll Learn

The Accelerator’s curriculum was developed by Her Corner founder Frederique Irwin, a seasoned business owner and a former professor of business at the Kogod School of Business at American University.

After noticing a lack of formal education on small business growth strategies, she decided to create a program that would help business owners understand step-by-step how they could achieve their business goals.

Based on a deep understanding of small business growth strategy, the program focuses solely on business growth and scalability, tweaking concepts developed for large companies tailored to meet the unique needs of small business owners. With an eye towards the future, for Sept. 2020, the curriculum has been expanded to address current Covid-19 business realities.

Her Corner believes in the power of education, mentoring, and collaboration, and offers the Accelerator only a few times a year to ensure complete focus on the businesses going through the program at that time.

Set and achieve bigger goals.

“Through the Her Corner Accelerator, I’m now on track to double my business this year. I wouldn’t have set that goal and surely couldn’t have achieved it without my facilitator’s advice and encouragement.”



Structured for success.

“The Accelerator is a ‘mini’ MBA, set up in monthly modules that establish the time and space to work on one’s business.”


Who Should Join the Accelerator?

PART I: Vision, Financials, and Strategy

The first half of the program is the big picture planning piece.
Where are you going and how are you going to get there.

PART II: Implementation and Execution

The second half of the program focuses on putting your plans into action.

MONTHS 9-12 and More: Accelerator Alums

Implementation and Results 

At the end of the first eight months, participants are surveyed to determine which areas of business are still challenging for them. We then create a customized curriculum for the next several months to ensure that the participants can implement the strategy they have set forth and feel comfortable in all aspects of their business. On average, participants see a 46% increase in their top line revenue after 12 months in our program. 

Many Her Corner Alums continue to participate in their groups even after the twelve months are over. We offer flexible options with varying levels of coaching so that business owners can maintain their group accountability and peer support but on a smaller budget. Business frameworks and curriculum are designed at each step to keep business owners continually learning and growing their businesses. 

An Accelerator Success Case Study

Virginia Diamond, Founder, Diamond Insight

“I faced a crossroads in how I manage and grow my coaching and consulting practice. I’ve successfully grown and had a thriving practice, but not necessarily thinking through financial targets ormarketing systematically. Her Corner has been instrumental in helping me do that, in a way that grows my business, fits my life, and enables me to have greater, more meaningful impact.” 

Read about how the Accelerator helped this member find intentional and quick success.

Who We Are

Frédérique Irwin

Frédérique has spoken on the topic of the state of women and entrepreneurship at The White House, The U.S. State Department, as well as companies such as Marriott, Chobani, Microsoft, Astra Zenica, TD Bank, and others. She teaches entrepreneurship at the Kogod School of Business at American University and she holds an MBA from William & Mary and a BA from Davidson College.

Kimberly Berger

Kimberly is an active angel investor with a passion for women-owned companies. She has worked with venture-backed companies and large publicly traded companies specifically in the areas of digital marketing and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School with a focus in Marketing and Finance and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Galia Gichon

We like to say that Galia is your gal if you’re serious about making money. She’s been teaching finance, running accelerators and investing in businesses for over 10 years! 

Lori Finch

Lori knows what it takes for a business to thrive! She’s worked in start-ups, developed fundraising strategies, and gotten certified in Six Sigma techniques by GE.

Karen Tempkin

If your business needs to operationalize, Karen is the woman for the job. Also Six Sigma certified, she’s our expert process engineer with loads of business and strategy expertise!

Dia Martin

Dia is Managing Director at OPIC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, with expertise in impact investing. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Master’s in International Relations from John’s Hopkins.  

Mieka Wick

Mieka most recently served as CEO of CityBridge where she ran an incubator to educate entrepreneurs. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Babson. 

Holly Flanagan

Holly is an Eisenhower Fellow, focused on women entrepreneurs. Her work in empowerment and motivation spans the globe — including a recent trip to India with the State Department. 

Erin Owen

Erin is the Founder and President of EEO Balance Corporation and passionate about individuals realizing their dreams. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and MBA from Kellogg.

Susan Apgood

Susan Apgood is Founder and Executive Vice President at News Generation Inc., a media relations firm in Bethesda, MD. She earned her MBA from American University and BA from George Washington University.


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