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Who is Sidebar for?

Sidebar is where industry shapers and proven innovators come to gain a competitive edge. You'll unlock insights and opportunities not found in conventional networks.

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Community Members

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Industries Represented

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I've never been in a networking type setting where, so quickly, people are so supportive of one another and open about their challenges.

The group provides constructive feedback and encouragement that helps me reflect on actions and decisions I've made or need to make in my professional development. This has helped my self-awareness and decision making.

My group provided unbiased support and valuable insight to give me the push I needed to have some hard conversations. Now I find myself applying those different perspectives to my daily work life and it's yielding amazing results.

What is Sidebar?

Sidebar is a personal board of advisors for the next generation of leaders and founders who want to grow in their career.

Join Curated Peer Groups

Sidebar matches you with 6-10 high-caliber peers that fit your needs.  You’ll meet every 2 weeks to share and learn from each other.

Solve your work problems

Through expert facilitated discussions and a tailored growth program, you’ll answer the tricky questions in your daily work and overall career.

Unlock insights, anywhere

Our platform keeps you connected to our community so you can unlock insights and opportunities, anywhere.

How Sidebar Works

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Apply

Apply in under four minutes. If you qualify for the program, an interview follows.

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Interview

A 25-minute discussion with our team explores your experience and goals.

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Match

On acceptance, get matched with 6-10 similar yet diverse peers. Gain exclusive network and event access.

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Grow

Networks offer benefits, programs yield outcomes. Boost your development with ongoing resources.

What does Sidebar’s curriculum look like?
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Sidebar's curriculum is an invitation to experience intentional, facilitated growth, requiring nothing more than your commitment to show up and engage. The environment, the content, and the collective energy of your Sidebar group do the rest, guiding you to achieve your most audacious goals. The program is the product of extensive research and has been honed over thousands of hours of meetings with a diverse global group of leaders and innovators. It blends scientific principles of effective group dynamics with proven coaching practices to foster individual brilliance and collective growth. Here's what to expect:

Structure: Each meeting is carefully structured with a unique goal, agenda, and outcomes.

Progression: Each meeting is carefully sequenced so that insights and actions from each meeting drive progress for the next

Expert facilitation: Every session is led by a highly trained facilitator to guarantee efficient use of time, equitable participation, and a safe space for confidential dialog.

Practical value: Each meeting is engineered to yield practical strategies you can immediately put to work in your personal and professional life, propelling you closer to your goals.

Perhaps most importantly, the Sidebar program is a dynamic, living system, and we are always iterating to make it progressively better.

How does Sidebar match groups?
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Each Sidebar group is expertly curated to support your professional journey—it’s a blend of science and human touch that results in a dynamic, supportive environment tailor-made for accelerating your learning and growth. Sometimes, the rationale behind a match might not be immediately clear. Trust the process; often, the person you least expect is the one you learn the most from.

Our matching process includes:

  • In-depth understanding: We start with an interview and a detailed matching survey. This allows us to understand where you are today and where you aspire to be. Everything we learn about you, from your membership interview onwards, informs our matching process.
  • Algorithm + human insight: We use our highly sophisticated algorithm as a foundation, pairing members based on career stage, job function, industry, and areas of expertise.
  • Qualitative The algorithm provides the foundation. Then we add a crucial human layer, taking key qualitative factors like goals, preferences, personality traits, and personal connections.
  • Complementary goals: We strive to ensure the professional aspirations within each group are aligned and complementary, fostering a dynamic where everyone grows together.
  • Diversity and balance: Demographic diversity is crucial. We aim for a balance that ensures enough common ground for mutual understanding, while also embracing diverse perspectives.

Timing and logistics: We recognize the importance of timing. Your time zone and schedule preferences are key factors to ensure your group can meet successfully and consistently.

What happens in a Sidebar group meeting?
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Sidebar meetings are carefully designed and expertly facilitated to catalyze your professional transformation and growth. Here's what to expect:

  • 90-minute, interactive sessions: Twice a month, you meet with your small group. Every minute is optimized for maximum impact.
  • Sharing challenges and solutions: Each meeting is an opportunity to share your biggest work-related challenges, strategic advice, and practical solutions with peers who can move you forward.
  • Continuous learning: Every meeting is an active learning lab. You’re not just passively absorbing information; you're applying insights, practicing new strategies, and evaluating your growth trajectory. It's peer-to-peer coaching at its finest, ensuring everyone is heard and helped.
  • Accountability and action: Sidebar groups are about turning insights into action. You will establish clear next steps, share progress on your goals, and receive support from your group to ensure you're meeting them. This approach guarantees that every session contributes to tangible progress in your professional journey.
Can I change groups?
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Curating the perfect group for you—the people you will learn the most from—is one of our superpowers. It's important to remember that building relationships within your group takes time. Often, those who seem quite different from you offer the most insightful perspectives. Diverse viewpoints can be incredibly valuable, providing new angles and ideas you might not have considered otherwise. Embracing diversity within your group can lead to richer discussions, deeper understanding, and more meaningful learning experiences. So, we encourage you to stay open and curious about each group member; you may be surprised by how much you can learn from each other. That said, if you feel like you’re not in the right group, reach out to your group facilitator.

We do periodically calibrate groups, and if your group isn’t delivering what you need (or your needs change), we may reconfigure your Sidebar group or move you to a new one.

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Real Impactful Wins

Members support each other to achieve their career goals and solve challenges. 

93%

of members say that Sidebar has made a significant difference in their career trajectory.

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Ben S. was promoted to VP of Customer Experience
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Jason S. pivoted career from tech to executive coach
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Henry S. founded his own company and raised seed capital
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Ashley C. founded a company to support working parents

Success Stories