On Deck Chief of Staff Fellowship (ODCoS)

Master the Chief of Staff role. Surrounded by incredible peers.

The Chief of Staff Fellowship is an 8-week remote program for accomplished Chiefs of Staff who want to use the role as an accelerant for their team and their careers. We combine a comprehensive curriculum, world-class speakers and an unmatched community to help you navigate this unique role.

Everything you need to master the role

Join a community of peers to gain a support system, expand your network, and share knowledge with other world-class Chief of Staff.

Learn company-building frameworks

Learn the frameworks, tactics and mental models that will help you accomplish on your own what normally take a team of three people and supercharge your team.

Build a support system and network

Build tight-knit relationships with CoS in a similar career/company stage through dedicated Mastermind groups and share best practices on how to be most effective in your role in a private forum.

Master effective communication

So much of your role is dependent on effective written and verbal communication between executives and leaders. We’ll set you up for success in your interactions with the most important people you support.

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 participating 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 first cohort kicks off early March. 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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Vartika Manasvi

Join @beondeck for its 3Cs formula —> Community + Character + Culture

All of that is very practical, generosity of its members is real, serendipity is digital, connections are meaningful and all friendships are very humane!

This is best ‘Give First’ culture on the internet.

Meeta Sharma

Choosing to be a part of #ODW1 was easily the best decision of this year. I found a group of people who are invested in each other's growth and the growth of the creator ecosystem at large. Cannot recommend it enough.

Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

Todd Goldberg

Teaming up with @beondeck here.

Whoever I hire will get to participate in On Deck's Chief of Staff Fellowship.

It’s an incredible community to connect with and learn from others doing the CoS role.

I'll cover the cost.

Kevin David

On Deck is going to be huge!

Thanks for letting me in when I was exploring what next after my stint at @AngelList.

Joined @beondeck in June 2020, met my co-founders in August, raised a seed round late last year. Team of 11 now, building a MVP with a few creators.

Enzo Cavalie

The fellowship still hasn't started and I just received gold nuggets.

Crazy how @beondeck is able to attract talented people with a great willingness to share and help others.

Hiten Shah

I had a blast chatting with the @beondeck community earlier today.

They were super engaged, thoughtful and curious.

I say no to most things, this group (virtually like today and in-person) is something special in a weird, unexplainable but awesome way.

Marissa Goldberg

The @beondeck fellowship is the most optimized environment for finding cofounders.

Jonathan Gregory

Education is ripe for transformation. @beondeck model will be the standard for experiential and community based learning. I would choose it over a traditional MBA.

Anna Nasr

@beondeck enabled me to work with incredible founders, helped me discover my product idea--and, through an On Deck fellow--got me my first pre-seed funding. I can't articulate how amazing the On Deck network is and what a positive force it's been in my life. Apply!

Jacob Peters

Thanks to @beondeck I got reconnected with @FranklinBi last night from our days at @jpmorgan.

Seriously such an incredible community – serendipity and genuine connection without any transactional feeling. Highly recommend to anyone with a startup itch.

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.

Katherine Lynn

I continue to be impressed with the overall program, caliber of fellows, and the ODF employees! (Plus some sweet music playlists during events and I got to practice rap w/ @eriktorenberg during kickoff.)

Happy to be in ODF5!

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.

Griff Foxley

Will @beondeck please just right now setup an annual pass type thing so I can just be apart of every damn thing they offer?

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Sam Teller
Melisa Tokmak
Julia DeWahl
Ben Casnocha
Katie Szeto
Chris Lyons
Brian Rumao
Leah Cohen-Shohet
Mastering the Chief of Staff role

Influence without Authority

Even though you may support a leader, the buck doesn't stop with you. Learn how to make your impact on the organization and move the company forward while gaining teammates' respect.

Company-building frameworks

Explore, apply, and discuss frameworks for the various aspects of company-building with Chiefs of Staff in similar shoes, and have a comfortable & private environment to work through challenges with ready ears.
Optimizing 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 first cohort kicks off early March. 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 10-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.

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