On Deck Designer Fellowship (ODD)

Become a successful design leader. Surrounded by talented peers.

The On Deck Designer Fellowship is an eight-week remote program for ambitious designers who want to hone their skills, increase their impact and grow as leaders. We combine a step-by-step curriculum and an incredible community of peers to help you become an effective design leader.
The second cohort kicks off July 18th.

Everything you need to become a successful design leader

Navigate the complexity of building a career in design with intimate workshops, peer-to-peer learning, leadership frameworks and much more.

Hone your leadership skills and put them into practice

Each week you’ll have access to multiple interactive discussions, fireside chats, workshops, office hours and opportunities to host your own sessions. And if you’re unable to make it, you can catch up on the recordings and more via a curated library of resources. Most of all, you’ll have dedicated support and advice while pushing to get to the next level in your career.

Learn the step-by-step playbook used by experienced design leaders

Dive deep into topics like strategic thinking, career progression frameworks, effective management and much more that will help you improve as a manager and leader.

Understand how to maximize your impact in your organization

Learn how to navigate the complexities of the organization you’re in. Get exposed to how similar challenges are being solved at other organizations and dive deep into practical examples and real stories from existing leaders.

Build long lasting relationships with other designers

Here are just a few of the phenomenal Founding Fellows participating in our first cohort.
Elizabet Oliveira
Senior Product Designer, Elastic
Steph Schiller
Product Design Manager, Square
James McNab
Lead Designer, Forethought
Nicholas Tenhue
UX Design Manager, Google
Misook Ji
Director of Product Design, LiveAuctioneers
Marcus Knight
Product Design Manager, Delivery Hero
Charles Patterson
Senior Product Designer, InVision
Julie Lungaro
Product Design Manager, Klaviyo
Marija Cosic
Interaction Designer, Design Partners
Chioma Azubuko
UX Designer, Freelance
Lara Mendonça
Head of Product Design, Bumble
Kris Puckett
Senior Product Designer, Knapsack

Apply for the Designers Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off July 18. Early bird price to access to the program is $1,990. Afterwards, regular pricing is $2,990 (lump sum or four installments).
Apply Now
Application deadline: June 15th, 2021
Kick-off: July 18th, 2021
Apply by May 15th to qualify for Early Bird pricing


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

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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.

Kai Faust

My experience with On Deck in 2020:

- Several deep friendships and that I expect to last a lifetime.

- Warm intros to customers, talent and advisors.

- Access to capital (Raised $100K+ during ODF6)

- $20K+ in perks (AWS, DocSend, and more)

I kinda feel like crying. So grateful.

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.

Bocar Dia

Two words review of @beondeck: AMAZING EXPERIENCE 🙌. And a prediction: it will become the default place entrepreneurs go (back) to throughout their career to start/explore what's next. Life is too short to wing it when there is already a place to find amazing folks to work with.

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.

Matt Restivo

I thought I knew talented people. Then I joined @beondeck.

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”


Girish Gupta

What a wonderful line from a CEO/hiring manager: "The faster you can run up a curve, the harder we'll work to make sure there's another one waiting for you."

I'm astounded by the quality of leadership and community.

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!

Dom Potter

For me @beondeck is so exciting because it is becoming a platform for bundling of the many strands of identity of ambitious people who want to change the world.

Ellie Howard

Just had the nth conversation with a fellow ODFer who feels, like me, that @beondeck has meant they've finally found 'their people'. @david__booth @eriktorenberg @julianweisser and the team are alchemists ✨#ODF7

Peter Yang

In all seriousness, I think quality cohort based programs like @beondeck are already starting to disrupt business school.


The power of @beondeck - sent in a question about dealing with a difficult personal situation. Within 20 minutes, 4 people offered to share their personal stories in depth and 2 offered general perspective.

Jason Jacobs

I saw two ways to describe @beondeck yesterday, both of which struck a chord.

1) SV in the cloud

2) this generation’s “just do it”

I’m long @beondeck!

Anthony McGuire

Highly recommend that people apply to the On Deck Writer Fellowship! It has been a gamechanger for me--one of the best programs in the world!

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Jared Erondu
Wendy Johansson
Pablo Stanley
Vivianne Castillo
Basak Haznedaroglu
Ryan Donahue
Roger Rohatgi
Yuan Wang
Vlad Georgescu
Sarah Mills
Florence Okoye
Jonny Burch
Juan Hidalgo Reina
Jeff Anders (Hilnbrand)
Matt Galligan
Getting Started

Navigating the Designer Fellowship

Learn how to navigate ODD and interact with fellows.

Goal setting workshop with a leadership coach

Plan ahead to get the most out of the fellowship.
Understanding Yourself as a Leader

Goals and strategy

Understanding and defining goals and strategy.

Asking questions

Learn how to ask the right questions at the right time.
Leading Your Team

Career progression frameworks

Building career progression frameworks, for you and your team.


Understand how (and when to delegate) and inspire your team.

Scaling a team

How to attract, hire and onboard talented designers.

Radical candor

Deep dives on coaching, uncomfortable conversations and actionable feedback.
Navigating Your Organization

Unlocking the value of design

Understanding and defining goals and strategy.

Effective communication

Tactical advice on communicating effectively


Working with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.

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 Designers Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off July 18. Early bird price to access to the program is $1,990. Afterwards, regular pricing is $2,990 (lump sum or four installments).
Apply Now
Application deadline: June 15th, 2021
Kick-off: July 18th, 2021
Apply by May 15th to qualify for Early Bird pricing


Who should apply?

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

* Someone who recently moved into a management or leadership role as a Design Manager, Head of Design or Director. Or you’ve been doing this for a while and eager to increase your impact and accelerate your career.
* A Mid-Level, Senior, Lead and Principal designer. You are exploring a path to management & leadership, and looking for a safe space to do so.
* Eager to be an active participant and contributor in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.
* Excited about the opportunity to collaborate with other fellowships like founders, no-code, climate tech, writers and others.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Deck Designer Fellowship is $1,990.

For this first inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $1,990, with the cost rising for subsequent cohorts.

Are there financing or scholarship options available?

Our goal is to make ODD accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their situation.

While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships thanks to the generosity of alumni and partners.

There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for ODD — we only ask about financial assistance requirements after fellows have been accepted in order to avoid discrimination during the evaluation process.

What is the time commitment?

ODD is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

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

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODD 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 ODD, 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?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

* Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.

* Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.

* Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.

* Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together a group of fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.

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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