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.

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 first cohort kicks off March 14. Access to the program and community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).


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

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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 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.

Aashni Shah

I'm in @beondeck #ODF4 for the last few weeks and it's easily the best decision I've ever made. It's a perfect combination of what I love about school - fun, engaging, incredible community and lots of valuable knowledge without the tests.

Plus the community is so so helpful!

Sneh Ganjoo

Midway through ODF & every time I attend a session or interact with the community I have the same excitement as Day 0. I wish all founder communities were like this.

I have never seen a community that translates the true essence of business & ideas beyond borders before @beondeck

Chris Messina

Beyond moonshots, we need more 50+ year visions for anchoring the thrust and intention of our collective work.

Proud to be a recent alum of the @beondeck Fellowship.

Aditi Parekh

Searching the directory for any startup-related questions before searching on Google or Twitter 🤟

Jordi Hays

Two days into @beondeck ODF4 and it’s already very clear the next 8 weeks will be very special.

The value of an MBA, a fraction of the cost, and 10X as fun. Bravo @eriktorenberg @david__booth and company.

Toby Allen

Wow #ODNC1 👉 best decision of 2021!

@beondeck So many epic contacts, knowledge and connections! The ROI of the intro day alone is worth it all!

The next few weeks are going to be challenging, but looking forward to stepping up my game and making something epic! 🙌

Maggie Norris

The network of founders and mentors provided through the fellowship is incredible!!

Days before kickoff and I’ve already had 1-on-1s with so many amazing people! 💕

Matt Restivo

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

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!

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!

Jackie Hyland

Yesterday was the last day of @beondeck cohort #4. I'm feeling so many things, but the main one is gratitude. I spent 10 weeks with some incredible humans who I feel are lifelong friends and collaborators.

Everett Berry

When fundraising stopped cold and enterprise budgets froze in March 2020 i freaked tf out.

Luckily, as one of my favorite founders @mishkaorakzai said, "Silicon Valley moved to the cloud".

Forever grateful to the OD team and community for helping me meet the moment. #ODF3

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 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships 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 first cohort kicks off March 14. Access to the program and community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).


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.

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