thrive alongside.

Getting you from here to there

You lead in unprecedented times - full of change, uncertainty & new challenges.
Why carry this burden alone?

Alongside invites you into our counter-corporate leader community. Connect with a braintrust of your peers for deliberation, shared wisdom, care, and inspiration.
You'll go further faster.

Wisdom Shared | You provoked

alongside connects & equips

Your job didn't come with an instruction Manual

Professional challenges can be unique to your level of leadership or function in the organization. Alongside connects you with your people - so you can wrestle through difficult problems, maintain the right mindset, and do it all in a context of high support and high challenge.

Your network makes a difference

More than connections, Alongside fosters a community of tight-knit peer relationships through structured and unstructured engagements, supporting a strong, shared learning experience. Join the community and see the power of shared wisdom.

it takes a village

Lonely at the top?

Every day, you face high pressure demands & increasing expectations. Why carry this burden alone?

Our highest & best is connecting you with the right people - motivated, intelligent leaders who are also looking for peers with the experience, insight, encouragement, & challenge to push them to new heights.

Roll up your sleeves. Lean in. Get real feedback & perspective. Dream bigger dreams, and go beyond networking to experience transformation in authentic community.

We can't wait to introduce you.

Ready to meet the community of trusted peers you need to go further faster?

meet alongside

How does this work?

Alongside constructs your cohort - connecting you with a small group of vetted peer leaders. Your group will meet monthly and can engage less formally between meetings. Facilitated monthly engagements include a mix of structured and open time for peer leaders to get to know one another & ask hard questions.

Time together tackles real challenges facing members of the group - real sharing, real insights, real feedback, real transformation.

Members enjoy:

  • Facilitated peer advisory groups

  • Access to select peers at your level of leadership within or outside your industry.

  • Access to leadership content to further your learning and expertise.

  • Opportunities to be paired for individual mentoring or peer coaching.

  • Opportunities to deepen your learning journey with professional executive coaches. (additional fees apply)

  • Access to executive/leadership development experts who can assist you with thinking about your own and your organization’s leadership development programs/processes. (additional fees apply)

WHO

Alongside constructs your group, syncing up to 8 vetted peer leaders.

WHEN

Groups meet once monthly for two hours, & are invited to engage less formally between meetings.

WHERE

Through regular virtual meetings and occasional in person opportunities*.

*at this time all groups are remote groups

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the application, and we will follow up with an interview. We work hard to ensure a high value match for every person as we create your best fit group.

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become a founding member

getting you from here to there

Wisdom Shared | You Provoked


We are looking for some amazing leaders to test drive Alongside with us as we tailor and refine the program. We'd love to have you onboard!

Founding Members (Pilot):

  • Be a founding member of Alongside

  • 6 month program

  • 2 hour call each month (90min Alongside experience | 30min session reflection)

  • Resource email each month

  • Access to cohort through dedicated Slack channel

  • Renew at founding member rate

  • 100% money back guarantee*

*Our Guarantee | Our goal is your success - getting you from here to there. After six months of showing up and engaging, if you're not experiencing the momentum and growth that comes from our peer engagements, then you'll get 100% of your investment back.


Alongside equips you with a dynamic peer setting of like-minded, like-stage, or like-function leaders to share collective wisdom.

Our proven process will accelerate your leadership journey. You will become a better leader – faster with access to master facilitators and a peer group who can share cross and like-industry best practices, act as a think tank for higher level solution development and provide objective support.

Collective Wisdom Shared | You Empowered

alongside & thriving

© 2020 alongside | all rights reserved

join alongside

getting you from here to there

Wisdom Shared | You Provoked


Alongside equips you with a dynamic peer setting of like-minded, like-stage, or like-function leaders to share collective wisdom.

Our proven process will accelerate your leadership journey. You will become a better leader – faster with access to master facilitators and a peer group who can share cross and like-industry best practices, act as a think tank for higher level solution development and provide objective support.

Members enjoy:

  • Facilitated peer advisory groups

  • Access to select peers at your level of leadership within or outside your industry.

  • Access to leadership content to further your learning and expertise.

  • Opportunities to be paired for individual mentoring or peer coaching.

  • Opportunities to deepen your learning journey with professional executive coaches. (additional fees apply)

  • Access to executive/leadership development experts who can assist you with thinking about your own and your organization’s leadership development programs/processes. (additional fees apply)

  • CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors ($60/mo)

  • Legacy Leadership - moving toward retirement (NA for Pilot)

  • C-Suite, Vice Presidents, Executive Leaders ($40/mo)

  • Directors & Managers ($40/mo)

  • Professional Service Providers ($40/mo)

  • Entrepreneurs & Solo-prenuers ($40/mo)

  • Non-profit & Ministry Leadership (NA for Pilot)

  • Careers in Transition (NA for Pilot)

Collective Wisdom Shared | You Empowered

alongside & thriving

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meet alongside

getting you from here to there

Wisdom Shared | You Provoked


Tracy and Aaron have a passion for creating spaces where leaders learn & grow.

With their combined decades of leadership development in corporate and education settings, Tracy & Aaron understand the value of peer leaders forging strong community & carving space to process challenges.

Alongside grows out of this understanding - that it doesn't have to be lonely at the top, and getting from here to there requires community. Alongside creates space for leaders to cultivate authentic relationships, where we learn & grow as leaders and as people.

In their many years of experience helping leaders move from here to there, they've seen the value of listening well, staying curious, and providing high support next to high challenge.

Alongside members experience this through facilitated cohorts of peer leaders.


co-founder

Aaron Marshall, PhD

co-founder

Tracy Smith, CMC

Aaron Marshall, PhD

Aaron is a recovering academic, entrepreneur, & C-suite executive with over a decade of experience advising & coaching leaders to scale their impact.

His academic journey - in character formation (MA, Philosophy) & experiential learning (PhD, Education) - blends nicely with his practical business experience across sectors - as a brick-and-mortar entrepreneur, digital entrepreneur, NPO Founder, & Zoo COO.

In addition to zoo leadership & executive coaching, Aaron writes, speaks, and teaches. He serves as affiliate faculty at Penn State's Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values & Experiential Learning and with Westmont College’s Downtown program in Santa Barbara.

He and his brilliant wife Janay have three children. As often as possible, you'll find them enjoying life together - hiking, biking, paddling, skating, or surfing - in Santa Barbara.

Tracy Smith, CMC

Tracy is a master level executive coach and leadership and organization development expert who has been working for 25 years with leaders and their teams. In her role as a coach and developer of people, she loves to work with leaders who are seeking to reach the next level as well as those who are in transition and/or desire to increase their emotional intelligence and ability to lead others effectively.

Tracy began her career at the Walt Disney Company and spent 20 years leading and working in operations, HR, organization development, and leadership & executive development. In her last 5 years with the company, she had the amazing opportunity to create and lead the company’s internal executive coaching practice which is still practicing today.

In her career, she has worked extensively with senior leadership teams in the areas of strategy development, change and transition management, and team effectiveness, as well as designing and facilitating executive development programs for high potential senior leaders. Her entrepreneurial journey began in 2010 when she founded Ryden Consulting Group, LLC, a leadership and organization development company. She has had the pleasure of working with clients in the for profit and non-profit sector ever since.

Along the way she earned her MS in HR, graduated from Coach U, earned a coaching certification from Linkage, Inc, and a master coaching certification from The Behavioral Coaching Institute.
Tracy is an avid learner and loves to spend time with her two amazing sons in their home base of Central Florida. You can often find her laughing or deep in conversation with those who cross her path.

Collective Wisdom Shared | You Empowered

alongside & thriving

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what is alongside?

getting you from here to there

Wisdom Shared | You Provoked


Share and receive collective wisdom in a dynamic peer setting full of like-minded, like-stage, or like-function leaders.

Alongside connects you with the right leaders to accelerate your leadership journey.

Our proven process will position you to become a better leader, faster. You'll have access to master facilitators and a peer group able to share cross and like-industry best practices, act as a think tank for higher level solution development and provide objective support.

Alongside constructs your cohort - connecting you with a small group of vetted peer leaders. Your group meets monthly and can engage less formally between meetings. Facilitated monthly engagements include a mix of structured and open time for peer leaders to get to know one another & ask hard questions.

How does it work?

  • Applicants are vetted & placed with 6-8 members for a six month cohort.

  • Cohorts meet monthly for a 2 hour session. Many members also connect between meetings less formally, as relationships develop.

  • At the end of six months, some cohorts are renewed and new cohorts formed.

  • Member names and cohort conversations are highly confidential. Each member commits to keep both private, strengthening trust and securing space for honest conversations.

  • Cohort facilitators are trained to create an environment for authentic exchange and growth, integrating relevant curriculum as appropriate. Facilitators remain with each group for their six month session, & resource members with "conversation relevant" content between sessions.


Pricing
Founding members join Alongside at $150/mo with a 100% money back guarantee. Pricing assumes a six month membership.

Join now to secure the benefit of renewing at our founding member rate.

Our Guarantee
Our goal is your success - getting you from here to there. After six months of showing up and engaging, if you're not experiencing the momentum and growth that comes from our peer engagements, then you'll get 100% of your investment back.

Collective Wisdom Shared | You Empowered

alongside & thriving

© 2020 alongside | all rights reserved