Amy Nelson

Founder and CEO of The Riveter.

Amy Nelson sitting at table with hands folded

Amy Nelson is the founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of women and allies. A graduate of Emory University and the NYU School of Law, Amy practiced corporate litigation with a focus on high-profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York City and Seattle. She also served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee where she co-chaired Gen44, the under 40 fundraising arm of the campaign. Additionally, Amy previously worked with President Carter’s The Carter Center.

In 2017, Amy launched The Riveter while pregnant with her third daughter in three years and she welcomed daughter number four in June 2019. Amy is a contributor for Inc., has written for Forbes, and has been published broadly including in/on outlets including The TODAY ShowRefinery29, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times. She has spoken across the world on many stages, including Forbes Under 30, United State of Women, Cannes Lions, and SXSW.

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Motherhood: The Workforce’s Secret Weapon

Even in an era where women make up half the workforce and over 41% of primary breadwinners are mothers, workplaces are still steeped in patriarchal culture, elevating optimization and individualism over collaboration. Amy Nelson, founder and CEO of The Riveter, and mother of four, explains the need and benefit of reframing motherhood, not as a distressed asset, but as a strength in the workplace. 

How To Build a Better Workplace

The state of working women in America must improve. With women earning just 79 cents for every dollar men make, lack of federally mandated paid parental leave, and almost half of all highly-trained women off-ramping after becoming mothers, it is up to all of us to rise to the challenge of creating workplaces that suit women’s needs. As we see more and more women in leadership positions, Amy explains that it is our responsibility to create inclusive and equitable policies – and it’s good for the bottom line.

Supporting Women is a Business Investment

As an entrepreneur, female founder and mother, the demands and constraints of time are extraordinary. With women starting businesses at five times the rate of men, it’s more important than ever to address these inequalities. Through dynamic storytelling, Amy presents how focusing on creating equity of opportunity for all, and shifting certain priorities and perspectives can provide a more equal footing for women and mothers while accelerating businesses, careers and lives.


The Washington Post

Moms are punished in the workplace, even when we own the business by Amy Nelson


Why this former lawyer wants to transform workplaces ‘built by and for men’

The Myth Of CEO Work-Life Balance by Amy Nelson

Good Morning America

Amy Nelson starts viral Twitter thread asks working women for advice to younger selves

Refinery 29

I’m A Pregnant CEO & Want Business Leaders To Stand Up For Abortion Rights by Amy Nelson

NY Times

Breaking the Salary Sharing Taboo