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Who Uses Stronger?

Committed leaders who are DOERS! You have big responsibilities and are working to bring change for children in your cities and community through your leadership, your team, and your programs. You are innovative, have goals in mind and you recognize that targeted support, at the right time, can make the journey more successful and less difficult.

Non-Profit Executive Directors and Senior Leadership Team Members

Charter School CEOs, Superintendents, and Chiefs

Human Capital and Talent Directors

Stronger provided amazing interim support during a tricky transition period!  Angie is awesome.

John Ambrust

CEO, Austin Achieve

Do You Have Any of These Challenges?

Resource Allocation
As organizations change to meet new challenges, it’s common for leaders to struggle to assign the right work to the right people. Not only do you need to figure out the strongest pathway forward, but you also have to achieve success within the constraints of your team. As former organizational leaders, we know this struggle and we can serve as your thought partner to find clear pathways and assign and support work across your team.
Talent Acquisition
Building teams can be the most rewarding work a leader can take on. It’s also challenging and fun if you have access to the right folks as you make every single hiring decision. This includes a diverse, motivated, and highly competent candidate pool, as well as experienced advisors to confidently support you as you make selection decisions. We do this professionally, and we love it, so let us help you as you build an amazing team.
Strategic Direction
It’s rarely fun to drive around with no clear plan to make the journey successful. We believe organizations need signs and maps so leaders and stakeholders know where they are now and where they are going. Signs are how we know where we are, Maps are how we know where we are going. The process of scaling and growing is always full of potholes, but we can help smooth the path by mapping your journey and setting measurable milestones that indicate your progress towards your goals.
Overcoming Obstacles
Leadership takes place at every level of an organization, and obstacles are everywhere too. Managing up, over, and across an organization takes real skill and we may feel unprepared and lack confidence in our ability to tackle challenges that we face. Leveraging external knowledge, skills and abilities can be the right boost we all need from time to time in order to overcome the barriers to success in our work.

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The best way to discover if Stronger is a fit for you is to schedule a call with us. Together, we can discuss your strengths and the opportunity areas you see for yourself and your organization.

Meet the Team

Learn more about our leadership and those behind the curtain that bring our work with you to life.

Our Process

We believe expert support should not be intimidating.  We strive to be accessible to all levels of leaders who are working to improve educational and life outcomes for children.

Opportunity call

During this initial call, we hope to understand who you are and what you’re passionate about. We’ll listen to you speak to the challenges you are facing and discuss what we see as the opportunity in a partnership with you.

Clarity and Scope Development

We get clarity about you and the problem you need to address and outline an approach to working together. We’ll draft a proposal for our work, within the budget and timeline that you set.

Planning and Implementation

After you accept our proposal and we make refinements and agreements, we’ll move towards implementation on a timeline that is feasible for you and your team.

Ongoing Support

Many of our engagements evolve as the work we set out to accomplish is completed. We’ll stay by your side and support you to take advantage of ongoing opportunities.

Timeframe

Every engagement is unique and we will plan and staff our work with you to meet critical deadlines.
One - Six Month Project Engagements
Many of our engagements begin as short-term projects with clear timelines and deliverables. We believe this focused, outcomes-driven way of working allows us to add clear and measurable value to you and your organization.
Multi-Year Partnerships
All of our partner clients have evolving needs. As an engagement draws to a close, we’ll work with you to determine what work can be tackled next and on what timeline. This may be immediately or several months down the road. As we get to know you and your team, we’ll become more effective and efficient in our efforts to support your progress.
Clients as Partners
You’ll notice that we talk about Partnership. We truly see ourselves as extensions of your important work and want you to be successful. Our impact on the lives of children is through our work with you as a Partner. We take your success seriously and bring our best selves to every engagement.

Who You’ll Work With

You won’t work with a faceless team of consultants. You’ll get mentors with decades of experience who lead by example.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team has come together to advance your work and support your success. We believe in opportunity for all children.

Our Specialized Consultants

The depth and breath of knowledge and experience necessary to make real change happen is enormous. We are proud to leverage our network of experts to bring the right supports to the table.

Our Staff

Every organization relies on their core team to build a healthy culture and ensure the trains run on time. Our lean and mean team models balance, commitment, and excellence in their work every day.

Our Work

What does working with the Stronger team look like?

Program Design and Improvement for LA's Largest Public Charter School Org

We partnered with Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest public charter school organization in Los Angeles, on program design and improvement. We completed three projects related to their college access and college success work, central to their mission.

Transformation Amid a Crisis: Supporting Training Efforts at Onset of a Pandemic

Under the guidance of CEO and founder Mike Montoya, and his Partner Angie Peluse, Stronger Consulting set a strategic plan to transition all SBEZ’s classes online — and ensure all students, teachers, and families were enabled for a successful 2020-21 school year. 

High-Stakes Fundraising and Staffing with Teach for America San Diego

We were engaged by TFA to support the Executive Director and the leadership team to increase staff capacity in a vital role and to secure critical fundraising dollars through a combination of our management consulting and interim staffing services.

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Still not sure if Stronger Consulting is right for you or your organization? No problem! A quick, free discovery call can help point you in the right direction. Get in touch today.

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Program Consulting

In partnership with the Broad Center, Stronger Consulting created a suite of personalized toolkits designed to support new chiefs across different functional areas to enter their new roles effectively and efficiently.  The tool kits included personal development support, entry planning support and advice from CEOs and district leaders.

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Program Consulting

New Schools Venture Fund For the New Schools Venture Fund, Stronger Consulting developed a network and relationships to find educational entrepreneurs interested in becoming new school founders. Stronger Consulting led the outreach campaign including marketing support, pitch calls, and webinars to engage audiences to learn about the Innovative Public School Leaders program. This campaign generated 130 new individual leads, 160 institutional contacts and led to more than 40 applications for innovative school leaders. The Innovative Public Schools program currently has 82 new school ventures underway.

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Program Consulting

Emerge Resilient is a life coaching program designed by Stronger Consulting to support young adults in building a set of life skills and learning how to adapt to be more resilient, and stretch in new ways.  Through this program, which includes horse therapy, participants are equipped to meet young adult life outcomes and grow into functional adults.

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Program Consulting

Stronger Consulting led the model development for Transcend’s “Yellow Hats League,” a network designed to bring together a diverse community of world-class experts who build and spread innovative models of education. From idea conception through execution, we designed the partnership model, developed partnerships with potential clients and service providers, and created a sustainable system to assess and retain partners.

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Program Consulting

In partnership with UC San Diego, Stronger Consulting led program development and fundraising for the PATHS Scholars Program to increase the number, persistence, and success of under-resourced and underrepresented minority students in STEM.

With the Center For Research On Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego, Stronger Consulting developed programing, protocols and relationships with industry corporate partners to provide internships and career development for young people who have limited access to these opportunities.  The internship program creates pathways for young people to become connected to the private industry in high school and college and gain exposure to new careers and career pathways.  

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Management Consulting

 

With Brick Education Network, Stronger Consulting tackled three key areas critical to organizational success and sustainability.  By developing a strategic growth plan, consulting on strategic fund development, and constructing a compensation study and total compensation plan, our consultants prepared Brick for the next phase of growth. 

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Management Consulting

At a critical moment of organizational reflection, Stronger Consulting led a CEO and board-level working session which included strategic direction discussions ultimately leading to the next phase of growth for Green Dot Public Schools.  

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Management Consulting

Through a multi-year partnership, Stronger Consulting led strategic fund development including identifying new leads, producing pitch materials, applying for mission-critical grants and establishing a bank for future outreach all resulting in raising 20% of KIPP San Diego’s annual budget.  Stronger Consulting was also a key thought partner in the merger decision of KIPP San Diego and KIPP LA.  

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Search & Recruiting

For College Track Colorado, Stronger Consulting filled multiple roles including a critical Site Director role which needed highly-qualified candidates in a short timeframe.  By creating an extended application to assess candidate skills and experience and conducting thorough screenings that probed for effectiveness and depth in previous roles, College Track was excited and relieved to find a solid candidate match. 

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Seach & Recruiting

In partnership with Equitas Schools, Stronger consulting led the search, interviews, and placement process for three key roles including Chief of Staff, Founding School Principal, and Chief Development officer.

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Program Consulting

Lifting Our Stories is a newly created organization designed to help young people explore career opportunities and access college readiness academic and application  support.  Stronger Consulting provides monthly guidance including organizational founding, by law creation, board development, executive coaching and program resources.  

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Program Consulting

Facing a growing middle school and high school population with no engagement activities, Strong Consulting worked with St. Bart’s Epsicopal to develop a comprehensive youth ministry program and to search and hire for a program coordinator. 

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Program Consulting

In response to COVID-19, Stronger Consulting developed, launched and trained staff on Scholar Unlimited--a traditional summer and after school program that had to be transformed to an online product.  From sourcing and purchasing a learning management system to redesigning a finished product to meet shifting district requirements, Strong Consulting developed curriculum, set up a parent helpline, trained teachers and provided tech support leading to a successful launch and execution. This innovative programmatic solution radically changed the clients product during an urgent and critically important time for children and teachers to access education in new ways.  

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Program Consulting

College Connect in an in-development app geared toward providing young people college counseling support.  Stronger Consulting provides organizational and leadership coaching on a monthly basis which has led to monetary awards for the ed tech product.  

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