On Deck Chief of Staff Fellowship (ODCoS)

Excel as a Chief of Staff to elevate your team. Surround yourself with exceptional peers.

The Chief of Staff Fellowship is an 8-week remote program for accomplished Chiefs of Staff who want to empower their principals and teams. We combine comprehensive curriculum, world-class speakers and unmatched community to help you navigate this unique role. Learn from those who have come before you and connect with those who are overcoming similar obstacles in their roles.

Everything you need to become a stellar Chief of Staff

Navigate the ambiguity of being a Chief of Staff with goal setting workshops, peer-to-peer learning, organizational frameworks and much more.

Learn from the best and the brightest

Each week, current and former Chiefs of Staff will share their most valuable insights into the role and give you the tactics to succeed. If you miss the live session, we'll provide recordings so you can catch up and learn on your own time as well.

Join a community of like-minded peers

Collaborate with fellow peers on the unique problems that Chiefs of Staff face. We'll hand match you with other Chiefs in similar roles so that you can share your experiences in a safe space.

Maximize your organizational impact

Find out how to better manage priorities, oversee internal operations and process, and best support your principal and team, all while maintaining your unique perspective across the company.

Join a community of accomplished Chief of Staff

Community is the core of the Chief of Staff Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal community members who participated in our first cohort.
Kevin Dious
CoS to CEO at Reddit
Dennis Yu
CoS and VP, PgM at Chime
Maya Kuppermann
CoS at MainStreet
Matt Lanter
CoS to Keith Rabois at Founders Fund
Jiani Chen
CoS at Felicis Ventures
Lily Mintz
CoS at Bitly
Evan Mula
CoS to Josh Kopleman at First Round Capital
Jay Kennedy
CoS at Floodgate Ventures
Saumil Shah
CoS to the CEO at Arm
Aarti Bhatnagar
Former CoS at change.org, CoS at Guild Education
Luke Whiting
CoS at You.com (Fmr. COO at Clearbit)
Leland Chamlin
CoS at Bowery Farming

Apply for the Chief of Staff Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off July - August. Pricing is $5,000. After acceptance, we’ll work with your executive to expense some or all of the cost as L&D.

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Crystal Chen

@beondeck for me has been friends, confidants, experts, and advisors all bundled in one amazing community of people.

It’s the vibe of childhood play groups, late night talks, college discussions, weekend hackathons, and so much more.

No better way to step into 2021.

Cameron Prouse

Only 1 week into's First 50 Fellowship program and I am soooo totally blown away.

Can't wait to get at it tomorrow for week 2!

Tyler Willis

Did I invest in @beondeck? Yes.

Why? Look at this deck.

Every physical institution is being rebuilt in the cloud. This is the MBA, the meetup, and the hackathon all rolled into one.

It won’t be small.

Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

Vensy Krishna

If you're still wondering what is, yes, you should care about what they're doing. It's one of the biggest educational revolutions in our times and if you're passionate about learning and future of work, take a look at what they're doing

Derek Osgood

Ok so I promised I’d talk about On Deck (ODF6) changed my life. That’s it, that’s the tweet.

Actually, no it’s not. I’m a tweetstorm guy now (new year new me). So let’s talk ODF👇

Kavir Kaycee

I feel like being part of multiple fellowship programs. Might become bankrupt that way 😂

Hugo Amsellem

I wanted to write again and @BeOnDeck launched the Writer Fellowship.

Then I wanted to start a podcast and they announced the Podcast Fellowship.

Now I'm thinking about becoming a YouTuber...

TAKE MY MONEY.

Roy Bahat

Communities like @beondeck are creating a new way to learn how to get going on making something new, together with others.

Shiku Wangombe

Shoutout to the community for the feedback when I shared this internally.

So many people willing to help and everyone is excited to learn from each other. I love this community.

Griffin Johnson

@eriktorenberg is going to be responsible for more job placements than anyone else in the world. @beondeck is a game changer

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Parthi Loganathan

Excited for @beondeck's writer fellowship kickoff today! Did the original fellowship and here I am again as a repeat customer.

They're building the best communities for every niche.

Terry Xu

HOOOOOOOLY! The @beondeck kick-off event is beyond my wildest imagination on how an online community can be run.

Joey DeBruin

Not only is community the new scarcity, it's absolutely a cold-start problem. Before @beondeck, I hated "networking." After, I have the opposite problem: too many genuinely energy-adding connections which keep branching out into more.

On Deck Sessions

Learn from renowned designers and your peers through frequent knowledge-sharing sessions.
Frameworks - Leading From Behind & Managing Up
Workshop
Frameworks - Leading From Behind & Managing Up

Leah Cohen-Shohet

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Former EVP of Growth & Adoption at Symphony

Fireside chat

Frameworks - Leading From Behind & Managing Up

Leah Cohen-Shohet
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Former EVP of Growth & Adoption at Symphony

About this session

In this session, Leah discusses the keys to being a successful CoS, including why:

  1. Predictability and consistency in communication is key for a successful CoS / CEO relationship
  2. You should take time to get to know those you manage up and down
  3. "Leading is not the same as being a leader. Leading means others are willing to follow, not because they have to, but because they want to" -Simon Sinek

About the speaker:

Leah Cohen-Shohet was the CoS to the CEO and EVP of Growth & Adoption at Symphony, a secure enterprise collaboration platform ($1.4B), where she led the charge from 0 to 400K+ users. She also served on the board of FINOS, an open source community for fintech standards and collaboration. Prior to Symphony, Leah was part of the Principal Strategic Investing Group at Goldman Sachs. She is a Forbes 30u30 2019 honoree, and was named to Crain's Rising Stars in 2020.

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Influencing Organizational Culture
Fireside Chat
Influencing Organizational Culture

Christopher Lyons

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Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Fireside chat

Influencing Organizational Culture

Christopher Lyons
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Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

About this session

Christopher Lyons is a Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he oversees the firm’s Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF). CLF launched in 2018 with the mission to connect the world’s greatest cultural leaders to the best new technology companies and engage, empower, and elevate Black builders and creators on their journey towards excellence in the technology industry.

Lyons started his career in the music industry working for Grammy-Award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri before launching his first startup in the restaurant technology industry, PictureMenu. Lyons moved to Silicon Valley in 2012 and joined Andreessen Horowitz as Chief of Staff to Ben Horowitz in 2013.

⭐ In this session, Lyons covers some of the big learnings from helping build up a successful venture firm as a CoS, including:

  1. How to tap into the three superpowers of being a Chief of Staff
  2. How lay the long-term game (trust is earned)
  3. Why company values are key
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Framework with Naytri Shroff, CoS @ GitHub
Workshop
Framework with Naytri Shroff, CoS @ GitHub

Naytri Shroff

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Chief of Staff, Github

Fireside chat

Framework with Naytri Shroff, CoS @ GitHub

Naytri Shroff
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Chief of Staff, Github

About this session

This session covers how to manage executives as a Chief of Staff and best practices for planning strategic initiatives. It's a great watch for any CoS at a high-growth company to learn about leading without authority.

The session includes practical tips like:

  1. Don’t be afraid to let things burn - prioritize and edit ruthlessly
  2. Establish yourself as a trusted resource and touchstone for others
  3. Demos, not memos - execute in a way that shows progress, not abstraction

About Naytri:

Naytri Shroff is Chief of Staff to the CEO of Github, where she has served for the last two and a half years. Prior to that, she began her career in finance before moving to Palantir, where she worked as "the Hand" during its fast-growing phase.

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Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers who have shared their experience with our community (Note: Future speakers may vary)
Sam Teller
Melisa Tokmak
Julia DeWahl
Ben Casnocha
Katie Szeto
Chris Lyons
Brian Rumao
Leah Cohen-Shohet
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Establish Credibility

Influence without Authority

Learn to lead from the shadows and how to make your impact on the organization while supporting your principal.

Build Organizational Consensus

Gain the trust of your staff and company by better positioning yourself as a genuine resource to the team as well as being the eyes and ears of your principal.
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Learn to Comfortably Navigate Ambiguity

Prioritization and Time Management

Incorporate your company's mission statement in your daily tasks and implement OKRs that make sense for your team.

Making Informed Decisions

Know when your position allows you to take action and when it's best to delegate to others.
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Scale and Grow Your Organization

Company-building Frameworks

No matter what stage your company is at, find the right organizational frameworks that work for you and your team and learn from others who have gone through it before.

BizOps, Automation & More

Pick up tactical and applicable skills that you can bring back to your team and implement right away.
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Optimize your career trajectory

Intentionality and Reflection

Understand what you're learning in the role, and how your generalist skillset can be a true superpower in the direction you want to take your career.

Taking Your Next Leap

Once you complete your "tour of duty" in the CoS role, understand how past Chiefs have approached making their next move.

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our virtual fellowship programs provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.

Apply for the Chief of Staff Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off July - August. Pricing is $5,000. After acceptance, we’ll work with your executive to expense some or all of the cost as L&D.

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODCoS, you are probably:

* A Chief of Staff looking to understand the role and how to execute to provide your principal / team maximum leverage
* A founder, CEO, or executive looking to level up your current CoS -- have them apply today!
* A Chief of Staff seeking to identify how to weave the role into your broader career trajectory and aspirations
* A Chief of Staff who desires a community of other CoS's to help refine your craft, build a peer group of accountability, and share common experiences with
* An experienced operator who has recently taken a CoS role and is looking to build the network and skillset to crush their new role
* One of a select few superstar operators who aren't currently a Chief of Staff but are seeking to enter the role and have highly relevant experience that would enable them to contribute and get value from this community. Also see the On Deck First 50 Fellowship.

What's the goal of the On Deck Chief of Staff Fellowship?

For fellows in the program, we hope to help you make the greatest possible impact on your organization, as well as give you the understanding and network to leverage your experience as a CoS to achieve your broader career aspirations and build lifelong community. We'll help by "engineering serendipity" with other talented and committed people in the space, as well as provide educational resources.

The fellowship is meant to build an amazing community and peer learning environment of world-class Chiefs of Staff. Ultimately, our hope is to be a force multiplier for the space at large, helping accelerate the speed at which talented people can find their their own superpowers and ultimately build things that leave a lasting impact on our world.

What does it cost? What do I get as a participant?

For the inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $5000. If you're accepted, we'll work with you and your executive if you'd like to expense some or all of the cost of the program as part of your company's L&D budget.

As a participant, you get access to:

* A 8-week program & curriculum, including live and recorded programming, breakout sessions and guided workshops.
* On Deck’s online community and On Deck Directory, where you’ll be able to search and filter the Directory and Slack community to learn more about your peers and ask or answer questions.
* Dedicated Mastermind groups with peers from diverse and similar backgrounds to build accountability and a support network - the role can be lonely!
* And ultimately, the life-changing opportunity to build relationships with high potential, high octane people.  This community will likely follow you deep into your ever-evolving career.

What is the time commitment?

The power of this program is in the community, and like any community, you get back what you put in. You should plan to invest 2-5 hours per week in ODCoS. The more you contribute to the community by helping others out, the more good karma will make its way back to you.

The events and curated resources are designed to help you leverage time, networks, and resources to your advantage. Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

What if I'm not based in the US?

We accept fellows from around the world.  For this first cohort, the majority of sessions will be in North American time zones, but recordings will be available to Fellows at any time.  Fellows from Asia are welcome to join, but we expect to have fewer sessions in Asian-friendly time zones this first time around.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODCoS will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past few ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

What are the demographics of the Fellowship?

We’re aiming to build a cohort that is diverse across race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, professional background, age, viewpoint, and subject matter—you name it!

Since this is the first cohort of ODCoS, we don’t yet have specific demographics for this program, but we released a demographic breakdown for ODF5 that can serve as a useful comparison.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship, you’ll retain access to your cohort and be able to subscribe to Membership for continued access to the On Deck ecosystem.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
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