Invest in Your Leadership. Accelerate Your Growth.

Strive's open enrollment Circles program combines community engagement, classroom learning, and executive coaching to facilitate self-discovery and skill development.

Program Overview

Strive’s Leadership Circles are twelve week-long community-based leadership development programs to help you become the leader you and your team want.

Circle Kick-Off Dinner

Meet the other 10-15 members of your cohort in-person to discuss your leadership goals and challenges, and to explore the demands of leading with the nuance of race and gender in the workplace.

Coaching Kick-Off 

Meet 1:1 with your executive coach to define your values, share your personal and professional path, and kickstart your 360 inventory.

Classes meet every other week for 2hrs from 6-8PM

Class 1 & 2: Taming the Inner Critic

Developing into a leader requires one to understand their own personal hesitations, anxieties and fears before they can truly connect with and lead others. During this module, participants will name their inner critic, understanding why their inner critic exists, what it says and how it holds them back. In the second session, they'll work to transform their always-on internal banter from that of an inner critic to an inner leader so that they can realize their full potential without sabotaging their own success. 

Class 3 & 4: Critical Conversations

The most important conversations to have are often the most difficult ones. At work, this leads to frustration and dashed expectations. However, having difficult conversations around performance, compensation, mentorship, feedback, and more is a learned skill. We work through several scenarios and share frameworks for approaching those conversations.

Class 5 & 6: Managing Up

Great leaders are advocates for themselves and their team, pushing for promotions, resources, opportunities and fighting scope creep. In this class, you’ll learn both how to advocate, and how to develop high-leverage relationships with advisors, mentors, and sponsors to set a foundation for future advocacy.

360 Reveal + Personal Development Plan

Meet with your executive coach to discuss your 360 results. You will discuss how others perceive your professional personality and leadership competencies, and develop a personalized professional development plan.

Circle Closing

Wrap up the cohort experience with another in-person dinner with your community. You will summarize your learning experience and practice what you’ve learned in role plays with professional actors.

Participants from Top Companies

Strive participants are high performing individual contributors and new managers from leading tech companies, high growth organizations, and smaller startups.

Strive's coaches are experienced working with emerging leaders at top companies


Coaches are approved based on work experience (preferring people who have worked in tech), coaching clients at notable companies, industry certifications, and are evaluated after each Strive engagement. Only 10% of interested coaches are included.

Vetted, Experienced Coaches

Skills Developed

Strive’s Circles combine self-discovery and skill development to help emerging leads thrive in the workplace. The self discovery occurs through community engagement and executive coaching (including the 360), while the skill development is largely during the remote classes.

 

During the program, you will learn each of the below skills. These skills are essential for both high performing individual contributors and new managers to reach the next level at work.

  • Taming the Inner Critic

    Developing into a leader requires understanding one’s own personal hesitations, anxieties and fears before truly connecting with and leading others. Participants will learn to understand their inner critic and how to transform their always-on inner critic to an inner leader.

  • Critical Conversations

    Many emerging leaders avoid conflict, failing to give necessary feedback or unblock x-functional roadblocks. Managers will learn to have productive, mutually beneficial difficult conversations.

  • Managing Up

    Great leaders are advocates for themselves and their team, pushing for promotions, resources, opportunities, and fighting scope creep. You will learn how to advocate and develop high-leverage relationships with advisors, mentors, and sponsors to set a foundation for future advocacy.

Strive’s Learning Philosophy

Learn by Doing

Balance of Learning

70%

Applying what you’ve studied in the real world and reflecting on how it went.

20%

Community discussion and practice

10%

Learning occurs from pre-reading and classroom “lecture”

Learning Cycle

A Social Learning Platform Intentionally Built for Leadership Development

Strive’s Learning Platform is intuitive and engaging, building community and ongoing commitment

Complete 360 Assessment

Each participant begins their learning journey by reflecting on their professional personality and leadership skills. Strive then helps them track progress with updated, modularized feedback.

Intuitive Learning Experience

Strive’s coursework is easy to follow, with clear to-dos, interactive syllabi, access to the Strive resource library, and learning playlists for every skill.

Real-Life Application

Strive participants are pushed to use their classroom lessons in the real-world. Activity is synced to a Slack channel specific to your cohort, so the coach and engaged peers help keep each other accountable.

  • 01.

    Trusted, Tailored Content

    Strive’s curriculum curates principles, frameworks, and mental models from great companies, top leadership programs, and sources widely read by today’s tech leaders. While these leadership principles are universal, we’ve tailored the content to explore the nuances that uniquely impact their application.

  • 02.

    A Community of Shared Experience

    At Strive, your development is amplified by the contributions and insights of the collective. Use a safe community of shared experience to unlock your most authentic leadership style.

  • 03.

    Learn with Like-
    Minded Leaders

    Research shows that people learn best from teachers, facilitators, and instructors that they most identify with. Your workshop leaders, executive coach, and guest speakers will all reflect the diversity of the community they’re serving.

Helping Propel Underrepresented Groups Into the Ranks of Leadership

Strive is committed to developing the next generation of diverse leaders. We believe that cultivating this next wave of innovators begins with building and promoting a bench of diverse talent.

 

Strive’s Leadership Circles use a foundation of trusted curriculum and forward-thinking pedagogy to build a highly engaged community of empowered leaders.

Upcoming Circles

  • Time and Place

    All dinners and classes start at 6PM and last ~2hrs. Classes are live, but remote, and dinners are in-person in the Mission District of San Francisco. 

  • Cost

    The cost to participate is $2,000/person. We want to ensure a diverse group, so we do not turn anyone away for financial reasons – apply regardless and we’ll discuss during your interview.

  • Application Process

    After you complete the ~10m application online, a member of Strive’s team will contact you within two days to schedule a brief interview.

November Circle – SF

Kickoff Dinner


Class 1 – Taming the Inner Critic, Part I
 

Class 2 – Taming the Inner Critic, Part II
 

Class 3 – Critical Conversations, Part I
 

Class 4 – Critical Conversations, Part II
 

Class 5 – Managing Up, Part I
 

Class 6 – Managing Up, Part II
 

Closing Dinner

Nov 18

 

Dec 2

 

Dec 9

 

Dec 16

 

Jan 6

 

Jan 20

 

Feb 3

 

Feb 17

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 11

Emerging Women Leaders

November Circle – SF

Kickoff Dinner


Class 1 – Taming the Inner Critic, Part I

Class 2 – Taming the Inner Critic, Part II

Class 3 – Critical Conversations, Part I

Class 4 – Critical Conversations, Part II

Class 5 – Managing Up, Part I
 

Class 6 – Managing Up, Part II
 

Closing Dinner

Nov 19

Dec 3

Dec 10

Dec 17

Jan 7

Jan 21

 

Feb 4

 

Feb 17

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 12

Underrepresented Minorities in Tech

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 3

Dec 10

Dec 17

Jan 7

 

Jan 21

Feb 4

Kickoff Dinner

Class 1 - Critical Conversations

Class 2 - Managing Up

Class 3 - Career Development

Closing Dinner

December Circle - OAK

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 4

Dec 11

Dec 18

Jan 8

 

Jan 22

Feb 5

Kickoff Dinner

Class 1 - Critical Conversations

Class 2 - Managing Up

Class 3 - Career Development

Closing Dinner

December Circle - OAK

The cost to participate is $2,000/person. We want to ensure a diverse group, so we do not turn anyone away for financial reasons – apply regardless and we’ll discuss during your interview.

 
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