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Strive offers year-round, on-site development so you can bring the best of our character-based leadership development work directly to your school, community organization, or athletic league. Leadership Workshops are highly customized professional development opportunities that help programs drive their specific goals forward.

The design of each workshop series is as unique as each organization. Some schools focus the sessions within the athletic department; others expand to include wider school leadership (we’ve been known to even train the school bus drivers!). Athletic leagues and community groups zero in for program-specific support or take a broader approach, engaging leaders across the entire organization. Workshop design begins with a needs assessment conducted by video conference or through an immersive visit that combines staff and student interviews and class and practice observations.

Strive creates each individual development program drawing from a core of five workshops: Motivation and the Energy Epidemic; The Fundamental Pillars of Leadership; Got Grit – The Mentally Tough Athlete; Building and Reinforcing Ideal Team Culture; and The Captains and Coaches Clinic. This curricular base is then adapted to each organization’s specific goals. Organizations can choose to do a series of three-hour workshops over the span of a day or two, or can bring Strive out multiple times during the year for an ongoing development experience.

Strive has worked with schools, leagues, and community organizations across the country to build conscious, unique cultures, develop leaders at every level of the program, and sharpen game play across teams. We’d love to hear about your vision and challenges and design a program just for you!


MEET THE FACILITATORS

Strive’s Director of Curriculum and Programming, Pam Herath, leads a team of six facilitators who bring decades of expertise in athletics and leadership to Strive’s partner schools and organizations around the country.

Pam Herath Strive How You Lead Matters

Pam HerathStrive
Director of Curriculum & Programming

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One of the founders of Strive’s Coaches’ Institutes, Pam is a skilled facilitator with a rich career in coaching and teaching. Pam has led hundreds of dynamic workshops, seminars and keynotes addresses in sports and academic arenas, with special expertise in diversity, gender, health/wellness, sexuality, mindfulness, and affecting change. Prior to joining Strive, Pam was Dean of Students for four years and Athletic Director for 16 at the Burke School in Washington, DC. A record-setting college volleyball athlete, Pam has led championship winning volleyball teams and still enjoys fierce competition on the court. Pam’s coaching and teaching experience includes basketball, track and field, yoga, health, and leadership. Pam graduated from Radford and earned her master’s in physical education, exercise science at James Madison University. When not traveling the country inspiring coaches and athletes for Strive, Pam can be found competing as a triathlete.

Most recently, Pam has presented at the following conferences and schools:

- Keynote Speaker, Occidental College

- Presenter, Character.org National Conference

- Presenter, Urban Soccer Symposium 

Raven Scott Strive How You Lead Matters

Raven ScottStrive
Program Facilitator

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Raven first became involved with Strive in 2012 as a Leadership Development Fellow and since has spent 3 years as an administrator and culture creator at our flagship program, Sports Challenge.

Raven started her career in education as part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps in Jackson, Mississippi where she taught Government, Psychology, and Sociology, and coached varsity volleyball at a local high school. As part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, she earned her Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi in Curriculum and Instruction. Raven continued her career in the classroom after becoming certified in teaching English as a second language and moving to Madrid, Spain. After returning from Spain, Raven served for a season as the assistant volleyball coach at Millsaps College, her alma mater. Originally from Louisiana, but a lover of Mississippi, Raven was a 4 year letter winner with Millsaps College Volleyball with honors as Freshman of the Year, 1st Team All Conference, and 1st Team All-Academic. She graduated from Millsaps in 2013 with a degree in Anthroplogy. Raven currently lives in Alexandria, VA with her favorite creature, Ashton Carter - a hyperactive lab/blue heeler puppy.

Jeremy Edwards Strive How You Lead Matters

Jeremy EdwardsStrive
Program Facilitator

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Jeremy has built his career in leadership development, he has facilitated over 250 Strive Leadership Workshops for coaches, faculty, students and executives. He has presented at more than a dozen conferences throughout the United States.

Jeremy began his career as a collegiate basketball coach before returning to the hardwood to play for two years professionally in Europe. He then launched his career as a high school educator starting at the Edmund Burke School (DC) where he taught, coached, served as the Dean of Students, and directed the School’s Leadership Program. Jeremy co-founded SportsChallenge Leadership Academy (now Strive) in 1996 and took his career into nonprofit management when he became the Executive Director for six years.

In 2014 Jeremy returned to school-life by serving as the Assistant Headmaster for Student Life & Leadership at St. Andrew’s School, an independent boarding school in Middletown, DE. While at St. Andrew’s, Jeremy coached, taught, and ran both boys and girls dorms. Most importantly, he was able to build a new Leadership & Equity course — a class required of all new students.

A native of Washington, DC, Jeremy Edwards attended St. Albans School (DC) where he served as a Senior Prefect and captained the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Jeremy attended Haverford College (PA) where he played varsity baseball, captained the basketball team, and later served as the College’s Sports Information Director.

Jeremy earned a Master’s degree in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University (CA). Aside from his daily challenge of parenting three boys under eight — Marcus, Austin, and Owen — Jeremy’s greatest passion lies in coaching. He has coached high school and college athletes in over 1,000 contests. Jeremy currently resides in Middletown, DE and he makes a mean Shrimp & Chicken Stir-Fry.

Carrie TimminsWesttown School (PA)
School Counselor, Teacher & Head Coach

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Carrie has been playing basketball since the age of 8 and today combines her passion for the game and her passion for teaching at Westtown School. Carrie started her coaching career with the women’s basketball team at University of Delaware and then moved to Moorestown Friends and ultimately Westtown. Carrie studied and played basketball at University of Delaware, reaching the WNIT tournament twice and the NCAA tournament once, and earned her master’s at West Chester University. Her emphasis on relationships, resilience, and communication makes her a natural fit for Strive, where she has facilitated workshops since 2013.

Sabrina ZurkhulenCalhoun School (NY)
Assistant Director of Athletics

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Sabrina teaches health and coaches basketball and volleyball at the Calhoun School. Additionally, Sabrina coaches a travel volleyball team with the New York City Juniors. Sabrina is a Registered Nurse, with a degree from New York University’s College of Nursing, and is currently pursuing a master’s in Recreation and Sport Science with a concentration in Coaching Education from Ohio University. Sabrina first engaged with Strive by attending the Coaches’ Institute. She now serves as Director of Sports Challenge and began facilitating leadership workshops in 2015.


A LOOK INSIDE OUR WORKSHOPS

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We had the pleasure of working with [Strive] on our inaugural Ravens L.I.F.T. (Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive) Conference. We had a vision for the event, but knew we needed to bring in experts with highly specialized leadership development to execute our workshops. That’s when we discovered Pam Herath and [Strive]. Pam’s positive energy is contagious and her presentation to our female high school student-athletes was engaging, empowering and fun. We appreciated the flexibility that [Strive] allowed and their passion for our vision helped make our first L.I.F.T. Conference a successful one.

— Heather Darney | Director of Community Relations | Baltimore Ravens

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This is a picture from before one of AFS’s Girls Basketball playoff games. On the players’ headbands and shirts is our #HRT logo (Hard Work - Respect - Togetherness) that [Strive] helped us forge in our work together. We also read our mission statement out loud before each game. 

We finished 21-7 on the year, making it to the Friends Schools League championship game and to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Final Four. Most importantly, we had very little of the player-to-player drama that consumed our team in 2014-15. [Strive’s] work early in the season was critical in helping us come together as we did and grow as a team; I remain committed to the model that [Strive] promotes.

— Jeff Bond | Abington Friends School Director of Athletics | Upper School History Teacher | Head Coach Varsity Girls’ Basketball