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Leadership Workshops

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A Leadership Workshop is customized professional development.

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.

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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
“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
Student athletes discuss different leadership styles during their personalized leadership workshop.
personalized facilitator attention during leadership workshops
Student athlete leadership workshop notebook designed to aid leadership improvement.

A Workshop Designed for You

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.

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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.
Jeff Bond
Coach & Director of Athletics Abington Friends School
building and reinforcing team culture- basketball team huddle

“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
Coach & Director of Athletics Abington Friends School

Meet the Programming Team

Our Strive facilitators bring decades of experience in athletics and leadership to our partner schools and organizations around the country. They deliver engaging programs
Linda Schirmeister-Gess
Director of Advancement
Linda Schirmeister-Gess
Director of Advancement

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.

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Jeremy Edwards
Co-founder, Program Associate
Jeremy Edwards
Co-founder, Program Associate

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.

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Raven Scott
Program Associate
Raven Scott
Program Associate

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.

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Who We've Worked With

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.

Professional Teams & Organizations:

  • Minnesota Twins
  • Texas Rangers
  • Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
  • PeacePlayers International
  • US State Department
  • America Scores
  • D.C. Scores
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
  • Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative
  • Jumpstart- Children First
  • Delaware Futures
  • Starfinder
  • DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
  • DreamChasers
  • Live Like Blaine
  • TeenSHARP
  • Youth Advocacy Council
  • Summer Learning Collaborative
  • Wilmington Parks & Rec
  • La Esperanza
  • The Warehouse
  • Delaware Health & Social Services
  • Public Allies (DE)

Colleges & Universities: 

  • Agnes Scott College
  • American University
  • Arcadia University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cabrini College
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Haverford College
  • Hood College
  • Marymount University
  • Millsaps College
  • Montclair State
  • Occidental College
  • Purdue University
  • Swarthmore College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Scranton
  • Ursinus College
  • Washington College
  • Widener University

High Schools & Club Teams:

  • Abington Friends School
  • All Star Volleyball (NYC)
  • Black Rock Football Club
  • Canterbury School
  • Capitol Hill Day School
  • Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
  • Collegiate High School
  • Collegiate School (NYC)
  • Cox High School
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Edmund Burke School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Georgetown Visitation School
  • Germantown Friends School
  • Green Run High School
  • Hahnville High School
  • Horace Mann School
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Madeira High School
  • Mississippi (MS) Volleyball
  • National Cathedral School
  • NOLA Volleyball
  • NYC Juniors Volleyball
  • Oakton High School
  • Palmer Trinity High School
  • Peddie School
  • Premier Volleyball (DE)
  • Punahou School
  • Salesianum High School
  • Serviam Girls Academy
  • St. Albans'
  • St. Andrew's School
  • St. Catherine's School
  • St. Christopher's School
  • Stone Ridge High School
  • The Baldwin School
  • The Calhoun School
  • The Hill School
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • The Hun School
  • Tower Hill School
  • University High School (IL)
  • West Nottingham Academy
  • Westtown School
  • Windward School

Conferences & Summits:

  • Baltimore Ravens L.I.F.T Conference 2016
  • Baltimore Ravens L.I.F.T Conference 2017
  • Baltimore Ravens L.I.F.T Conference 2018
  • Brown Lacrosse Leadership Camp
  • Chicago Coaches Summit
  • DC Metro Area Summit
  • Delaware Volleyball Camp
  • Doster Leadership Conference, Purdue University's Krannert School of Management 
  • Landmark Conference Symposium
  • New York State Association of Independent Schools Conference
  • ODAC Leadership Symposium
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) Conference
  • Philadelphia Metro Area Summit
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) Athletic Directors Conference
  • Up2Us: Coach Across America (Boston)
  • Up2Us: Coach Across America (Chicago)
  • Up2Us: Coach Across America (Miami)
  • Virginia Beach Student-Athlete Leadership Training

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