Strively’s mission is to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces in the tech sector. 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.
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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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.
High level training from time management to sales reporting.
Simplifies core job skills that lead to sales. We provide both hard and soft skill training.
Developing personal brand and leadership skills.
Developing interviewing skills and career path plan.
Career path planning and career support.
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.
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 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.
Margaret is a Strively graduate and an accomplished SDR supporting organizations such as Marketo, SAP, and Avaya. Margaret is an LGBTQ advocate and speaker for the ACLU.
Shelley is a tech professional who was once incarcerated. Her fight for equality in hiring has changed the hiring policy and practices for one of the largest tech companies in the world, who also happens to be her employer.Ted Talk
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.