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Leading through adversity

A speaker series brought to you by Stride


Leading during uncertain times takes a village. And so, we’ve pulled together a one of a kind lineup -- experts from around the globe, from a variety of disciplines, curated to bring you a 360 degree view on best practices for leading during uncertain times.

A message from our CEO and founder

We are thrilled to bring the best speakers in the world to you! Through interactive talks, you'll learn best practices in leading through adversity from multiple unique lenses.


Sessions include:

  • How to safely reopen your workspace by Sequoia
  • The pandemic of anxiety by Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz, world renowned psychiatrist
  • How limits empower your agility by author of Agile Retrospectives, Diana Larsen
  • Pivoting when your business model gets upended by the CEO of Meetup
  • How to get comfortable enough with failure in order to give yourself the best chance to avoid it by NYC’s leading VC Charlie O’Donnell
  • And more...

Sign up a la carte - attend the ones you can, to interact live with the experts and ask the questions that keep you up at night. And, we’ll record and email out all sessions for the ones you can’t make. 


I hope you sign up below!


- Debbie Madden, Stride CEO and founder

Upcoming Sessions


The pandemic of anxiety: Leading through the pandemic

Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz

World-renowned psychiatrist


Thursday, June 4th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz will be speaking on the emotional aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, including how to lead organizations through the crisis, maintaining team cohesion while working virtually, coping with a range of emotional reactions in oneself and others, and preparing for a return to work in a changing world.


Outcomes over output

Josh Seiden

Author of "Outcomes Over Output" and "Lean UX"


Tuesday, June 9th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


What should we be working on now? Outcomes over output.


Pivoting when your business model gets upended

David Siegel

CEO of Meetup


Thursday, June 18th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


Meetup is the largest platform for in-person events in the world and a leader in driving human connections. Learn about how Meetup's leadership changed their business model while preserving their values and ask questions to David about how to quickly make far-reaching decisions in response to new realities.


Taking smart risks in a time when everything you do is a risk

Doug Sunheim

Leadership consultant and author


Thursday, June 25th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


The business world is in flux, and you have to think and act quickly in order to stay competitive. But the last thing you want to do is make reckless business decisions. You have to take SMART RISKS. Join Doug Sundheim as he explains how to find that point between comfort and danger for generating the sustained ability to work at the highest level of performance.


Continuously learning our way to better outcomes

Jeff Gothelf

Author of "Lean UX" and "Sense & Respond"


Thursday, July 2nd, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


 In this talk, Jeff will cover how technology can enable tremendous gains but, when coupled with the uncertainty of human behavior, can often go awry. How can we ensure we’re working on products that actually make our users more successful? And how do we inspire a new generation of designers and developers to consider a new definition of “done” -- one focused on positively impacting customer behaviors.


Learning to manage remotely may transform how we think about and practice management

Esther Derby

Author, speaker and teacher


Thursday, July 9th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


Management by walking around isn't possible when a large segment of your work force is working from home. Some companies resorted to surveillance software to track clicks and keystrokes. But there is another approach. One that will serve us now AND when we have the option to be back in the office.

Diana Larsen

How limits empower your agility

Diana Larsen

Author of "Agile Retrospectives"


Thursday, July 16th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT  


Making the case that, like great art, agile team greatness comes from embracing limits.

Zach Sims

How the tech job market has shifted due to COVID-19

Zach Sims

CEO of Codecademy


Thursday, July 23rd, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


Zach Sims hosts a fireside-chat to talk about how he's seen the job market shift in these uncertain times we live in.

Past events

Return to work for technology companies

Sequoia | May 26th, 2020

View webinar recording

Failure is always an option

Charlie O'Donnell | May 28th, 2020