Reducing Recidivism,
One Salesperson at a Time

We prepare and mentor our candidates to enter the workforce as qualified and productive Sales Development Representatives.

Our Mission

Strively’s mission is to reduce prison recidivism. We do this by training our candidates for careers in tech sales. 

Through partnership with technology companies, we aspire to change how people are perceived and impacted by one of society’s most complex problems, mass incarceration. 

We succeed together by supporting and serving a population of talented, motivated, and capable individuals who are ready for their opportunity to have a thriving career in technology.”

Our Story

Strively’s founder, Kate Leidy has been working in technology for over 17 years.

After volunteering inside Salinas Correctional Facility with the incarcerated population, she recognized the personality similarity in tech sales people and those she worked with in the prison system.

Observing their drive, savvy, and focus, it became clear that making space for the previously incarcerated in technology is an incredible asset to the tech industry and creating a path out of recidivism is imperative for the betterment of society as a whole.

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Meet Our Candidates


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Customer Success, Checkr



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Customer Success, Checkr

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Together we succeed

Your donation allows candidates to earn a fair chance to participate fully and prosper in society.

Whole Person Program

Strively’s 90 day Whole Person Program is disciplined, synchronous & asynchronous, and mirrors a fast paced real life work environment. With mentorship and training, we prepare our candidates for success upon day one of employment. With tools training, professional workshops, and one to one coaching we take a leave no person behind approach.


Learning Lab

High level training from time
 management to sales reporting.


Sales Training Lab

Simplifies core job skills that lead to sales. We provide both hard and soft skill training.


Professional Lab

Developing personal brand and leadership skills.


Interview & Career Coaching

Developing interviewing skills 
and career path plan.


Professional Mentorship

Career path planning and career support.

Our Partners

Our Mentors

A critical component of our program is mentorship. Our mentor team is comprised of tech professionals and accomplished coaches with backgrounds similar to our mentees. From the first day as a Strively candidate, through the first year of employment, our mentee/ mentor pairings are carefully curated based on the needs and goals of each individual.

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I believe that the Strively Program will be very beneficial for me, as it will challenge me in ways to become better than I was yesterday. I would love to have a career, but more than anything, it’s about sharing my success so others can become successful as well.