The BOSS Network to Award $250,000 in Grants and Scholarships to Benefit Divine Nine Sororities and the Chicago Urban League

Sage and The BOSS Network’s Investment Will Provide Each Organization With $50,000 to Benefit Efforts to Impact African American Women

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The BOSS Network, an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through digital content, programs and event-based networking, has announced awarding $50,000 each in grants and scholarships in partnership with Sage ($250,000 in total) to the Divine Nine sororities—including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated—the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated, and the Chicago Urban League. Led by CEO Dr. Cameka Smith, this investment is a part of The BOSS Network’s yearlong celebration highlighting its 15th anniversary milestone year. Four women from each organization will receive a $10,000 grant from the BOSS Impact Fund and a scholarship to BOSS Business University (valued at $2,500).

This investment exemplifies The BOSS Network’s longstanding legacy of supporting Black women in the arenas of business and community. In December 2023, The BOSS Network honored the president of each of the Divine Nine sororities, as well as the president of the Chicago Urban League, during its annual Ladies That Lead conference, including:


  • Elsie Cooke-Holmes, International President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Dr. Stacie NC Grant, International President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Rasheeda S. Liberty, International President, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
  • Donna Jones Anderson, President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated

Special Leadership Honoree:

  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, President & CEO, Chicago Urban League

Recently, Dr. Smith announced the return of the BOSS Impact Fund and its three-year, $1.5 million commitment with Sage (via the Sage Foundation)—the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)—to support the Fund with the “Invest in Progress” grant investing in Black women led businesses. In addition, The BOSS Network has partnered with both Sage and Swoop, a global fintech company specializing in funding solutions for businesses, on the launch of “Pathways to Success”–a new training and mentorship program designed to support Black women entrepreneurs in Atlanta.

“As the BOSS Network continues to celebrate its yearlong 15th anniversary, we look forward to continuing to work with the leaders of these incredible Divine Nine sororities and the Chicago Urban League. We know that this investment will provide these organizations with momentum as they further their efforts to benefit our community,” said Dr. Smith.

To become a member of The BOSS Network, or for more information, visit To apply for the “Invest in Progress” grant, visit

About The BOSS Network

Founded by Cameka Smith, BOSS™ is an acronym for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and the network’s mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women. To find out more about The BOSS Network, please visit

Sheila Harris, Harris Brand Management