It’s for your school, your athletic league, your community organization. We bring the best of our leadership development and culture creation work directly to you and help your program drive forward to its specific goals.
We’ve worked with 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 your challenges and design a program just for you.Contact Us
Each workshop series is unique, just like each organization. Some schools focus on the athletic department; others include the school leadership at large.
Athletic leagues and community groups zero in on program-specific support, or they take a broader approach, engaging leaders from the entire organization.
We begin by talking with you. First, we conduct a needs assessment — by video conference or through an immersive visit that combines staff and student interviews with observations in the classroom or at athletic practice.
We create your customized program by 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.
Why do we do what we do? Participants will explore how our emotional, physical and spiritual fuel tanks influence motivation. Further, we consider the power of energy transfer and how we as teachers, coaches and athletes fill and drain the tanks of others.
Who am I? What are my strengths and weaknesses? Anchoring leadership training in an examination of intra (know thyself) and inter (know others) personal development creates a competent foundation for becoming a more effective you.
Fail harder, embrace losing, welcome mistakes. It is chiefly through our failures that we have opportunities to improve. Participants will explore sports psychology tools such as mistake rituals and positive self-talk which lead to increased effort and optimism.
What are your core values? Are they aligned with your mission? Do your traditions, rituals and behaviors reflect these values? Participants will explore what matters most to them and examine how their values can be best aligned with their behavior.
This comprehensive (6 hour) program works with both athletes and coaches to ensure that essential leadership strategies are taught to and understood by all. You will customize the workshop to best address the issues that are particular to your school and programs.
“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.”
Linda joined the Strive team full-time in December 2016. Her affiliation with the organization runs deep; as a student-athlete she attended the summer academy in the summer of 2005, and returned in a coaching capacity in 2010. She then went on to Co-Direct the girls soccer program for six years. Linda was also one of the inaugural National Coach Institute attendees, as well as a participant in many Strive leadership workshops. Schirmiester-Gess comes to Strive after an eight year college coaching career, most recently at Emory & Henry College (E&H), in Emory, VA.
During her time as a college soccer coach, Schirmiester-Gess also taught multiple leadership classes and and facilitated workshops within the institutions for whom she worked. These include semester long servant leadership based study abroad programs to South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally Schirmiester-Gess has been the keynote speaker, focusing on leadership development, at numerous events such as the Virginia Association of College Housing Conference (VACUHO), the E&H Honors Retreat, Wasp Welcome Orientation and the Emory & Henry Bridge Program. In the Spring of 2016 Linda spoke and addressed the leadership crises we are currently facing in society on the TedX stage at E&H.
Linda was a four year scholarship athlete at Slippery Rock University, where she earned a BS in Psychology in 2010. Inspired by her college coach and her Sports Challenge mentors, Linda developed a true passion for coaching, character development, and leadership education. This fueled her to pursue her Masters in Recreation & Sport Sciences with a concentration in Soccer Coaching through Ohio University in 2016. Linda resides in Wilmington, DE with her husband Michael, daughter Addison-Oakleigh, and their dog Zola.
Say hello! Linda@striveleadership.org
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 & Equitycourse — 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.
Say hello! Jeremy@striveleadership.org
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 Anthropology.
Raven now lives in Wilmington, DE with her favorite creature, Ashton Carter - a hyperactive lab/blue heeler puppy.
Say hello! Raven@striveleadership.org
Over the last 20 years, Strive has developed an extensive client list. Strive partners with like-minded schools, organizations, conferences, and teams who are passionate about character-driven leadership development in their communities.
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