Disrupting Cycles of Inequities,

One Salesperson at a Time

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Our Mission

Strively’s mission is to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace in the tech sector. Through key business partners, we aspire to change how people are perceived and impacted by society’s most complex problems: mass incarceration; human trafficking; young adults at risk; and homelessness. We prepare and mentor our candidates to enter the workforce as successful sales development representatives.

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.

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

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70M
Have criminal records in the US
2.3M
Currently incarcerated
600K
Americans are released from federal and state prisons each year
75%
Return to Prison

Meet Our Candidates

Adam

Strively Whole Person Program
GRADUATE

"Strively has given me hope of not only getting a job but starting a career. I never imagined myself getting into tech, but now with the help of Strively I am embarking on a whole new journey!"

2021

Breland

Strively Whole Person Program
MENTEE

“Working with Strively has been an amazing opportunity . They helped me revise my resume to reflect my engineering skills and paired me with a mentor who is a leader in cyber security. They supported me on my journey into technology.”

2021

Juan

Strively Whole Person Program
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"After graduating from the Strively program I'm now working in technology. This opportunity is life-changing for me and my family. My advice to future Strively candidates is to dream big and don't give up."

2021

Leah

Strively Whole Person Program
GRADUATE

“No matter where you come from you have the ability to change your life. I thought I’d be in this dead end career cycle forever and getting no upward mobility. Strively has given me the opportunity to open myself up to greater opportunities and be confident.”

2021

Margaret

Strively Whole Person Program
GRADUATE

“Strively helped me get my career launched. I was full of self-doubt about chasing my dreams. The support that I have been given by the Strively team has reminded me of what I am capable of. It has restored my confidence.”

2021

Virgil

Strively Whole Person Program
GRADUATE

"Strively has played a vital part in my success story. It means the world to me and my family to see my hard work, vision, and drive pay off to become an SDR for InsideView."

2021

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 & a synchronous, 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.

1

Learning Lab

High level training from time
 management to sales reporting.

2

Sales Training Lab

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

3

Professional Lab

Developing personal brand and leadership skills.

4

Interview & Career Coaching

Developing interviewing skills 
and career path plan.

5

Professional Mentorship

Career path planning and career support.

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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.

MICHAEL CRUZ

Account Executive at Codility

Michael is a results-driven Account Executive with extensive experience as an SDR in technology. With his experience, he’s able to support candidates in what is required to succeed in the SDR role.

SUMMER DELEON

Account Executive at Inside View

Summer has over 10 years as a Solutions Consultant working with organizations such as SAP & Marketo. She is a Strively graduate who has come back as a mentor for the Strively candidates.

Darren Hall

Enterprise Account Executive at Oomnitza

Darren is an Enterprise Account Executive with a proven history in early-stage startups having built and managed sales teams as well as thriving partner communities, working closely with some of the most influential leaders in the software space.

MANISHA MAHAJAN

Founder & Managing Partner at Maven Practices

Manisha is a tenured contributor in the technology industry with nearly 20 years of consultative and solution-based business development, partner program leadership, and brand-building expertise.

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Executive Team

KATE LEIDY

Executive Director

Strively’s founder, Kate Leidy has been working in technology for over 17 years, having the opportunity to support companies from startups to IPO. Kate has a background in both new, channel, and inside sales.

RHONDA SCHER

Director Of Outreach & Partnerships

Rhonda Scher is a seasoned Enterprise Sales Professional and Strategic Account Executive providing complex solutions for Fortune 500 Tech clients. She has joined Strively to focus on scaling the whole person program through outreach and development of strategic partnerships.

Board Members

AJAY RAYASAM

Vice President of Sales at ReturnSafe

Investor, advisor, and entrepreneur for startup and small businesses across multiple sectors. Significant corporate experience in computer hardware and hardware as a service. Secondary experience in consumer retail in all stages: acquisition, management, improvement, growth, and liquidation.

KWESI GRAVES

VP of Sales at Scribe

Kwesi has over 15 year’s experience as a sales professional. Now a VP of Sales, he previously led LinkedIn’s diversity hiring practices and acted as a liaison for underrepresented hiring within the organization.

Kathleen Nielsen

President at Equilibrium Services

Kathleen is the President of Equilibrium Services Group (ESG), a management consulting firm focused on small to mid-market businesses, non-profit and public sector organizations.

LONNIE TUCK

Managing Director at CEO Works

An innovative and visionary leader with over a decade of experience successfully promoting workforce programs across the SF Bay Area. His focus is on training and employment opportunities for populations with barriers to employment, including ex-felons, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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.
— VIRGIL