🚩 Accountability Group Programs

At Propel, there are Cohorts and there are Pairs.

We've designed 2 different accountability group programs to ensure you can get the  support you need in the cadence and format that works best for you.

What is a Cohort?

Cohorts are member-led, confidential peer-to-peer work sessions. Through fortnightly meetings, you will learn from other ambitious builders and leverage accountability partners to accelerate the next step of your career.

In the sign up form below, you'll see we ask you questions about your expectations and medium-term goals. We then match you with x5 peers and connect you in a private space to begin your program. Together you will spend 3 months (October - December) meeting every other week to reflect, solution-jam, make decisions, and build relationships.

What is a Pair?

In short: a Pair is the same as a Cohort, but 1:1. Pairs also follow a much more informal structure.

Pairs are for you if you want accountability support but find that a 3 month commitment is not realistic for you right now. Or maybe you just thrive best through smaller more intimate connections!

Sign up for a Pair in the same form below and we will follow up with details.

Sign up for an accountability group program by applying at the bottom of this page. We recommend reviewing the participation and format guidelines before doing so.
"Being part of a cohort is an informal way to hold yourself accountable to your goals and solution jam with your peers, all without the fear of being judged."

— Anna Bao, Founder of Kleido


"Being in a cohort was a great way to connect with others who were going through similar career transitions. It was helpful to have regular check-ins with people who were genuinely interested in my recruiting journey. It kept us all motivated and encouraged (and was fun to be able to share updates as they happened!)."

— Rhiana Gademsky, Chief of Staff at Cocokind

Participation & Commitment

Each cohort is designed based on the individuals that opt in to the experience. New cohorts launch every 3 months — so if you want to join down the line, you'll be notified of the next opportunity.
  • Groups of 6 Propellers meet roughly 2x per month for a 1-hour conversation.
  • Via the sign up form below, we request information on your goals and expectations to best match you with a supportive peer group.
  • Relationships take time to build and deep trust takes even longer to establish. You should plan to be in your cohort for at least 3 months, though we anticipate many cohorts will continue to run for much longer!
  • Your attendance impacts your fellow cohort peers’ experience so we have a very strict attendance policy. We ask that you only miss a cohort engagement if you have an emergency.

We know meeting times are scheduled by consensus, so if you’re consistently unable to make your cohort meeting, reach out to us.

COHORTS: Format

Cohorts meet 2x per month for 60 minutes to help you identify your goals, unlock your leadership potential, and drive towards success. Cohorts connect in between sessions through their private Slack channel and 1:1 catch ups.

Cohorts may follow any of these 3 suggested formats and can alternate each month as decided by members:

Format 1 — Structured session
  • One or more discussion topics are chosen in advance of the meeting by the Cohort Captain. These can be voted on by the group or selected through the Cohort Library
  • Your Cohort Captains are responsible for planning, sharing, and moderating this session (more below)
  • You may invite speakers to your upcoming sessions — just remember to plan in advance
Format 2 — Brain trust
  • This is a more flexible session with no set agenda
  • Use the meeting as a free-for-all braintrust style conversation — you will support each other as sounding boards
  • Your Cohort Captain will ask for members to think about challenges or topics in advance
  • Your Cohort Captain will help moderate the session by making sure each person's topic has enough time to be addressed
Format 3 — Gathering or mixer
  • If your cohort is local to you, we encourage scheduling at least 1 of your sessions as an in person or virtual "mixer" with 1 other cohort
  • As a member of a cohort, you have the opportunity to get to know your cohort members personally and mix with other cohorts' members
  • We'll provide a stipend for one social event with your cohort, though you're welcome to meet up more than once!
Example schedule — fully virtual

Month 1

Session 1: Introductions & plan for future sessions

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 2: Structured format based on group priorities

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Month 2

Session 3: Braintrust format on time-sensitive challenges

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 4: Invite a speaker to share learnings or topical expertise

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Month 3

Session 5: Structured session based on group priorities

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 6: Virtual lunch & learn-style recap

  • Next steps: Cohort decides to continue or disband
Example schedule — hybrid virtual & in person

Month 1

Session 1 (In person): Introductions & plan for future sessions

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 2 (Virtual): Structured session

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Month 2

Session 3 (In person): Social — connect personally

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 4 (Virtual): Structured session

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Month 3

Session 5 (In person): In person gathering or mixer with another cohort

  • In between: 1:1 coffee & share accountability updates via Slack

Session 6 (Virtual): Lunch & learn-style recap

  • Next steps: Cohort decides to continue or disband

Cohort Captain Responsibilities

Cohorts are teams of Propel peers, and all teams need team captains! Captains will rotate. There will be two captains nominated per month (e.g. two captains for Month 1, two for Month 2, two for Month 3).

Captain responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with other cohort members to select the topic for discussion at the next meeting — see Format section for more info.
  • Sharing the agenda, pre-reads, and other resources needed in advance of the next meeting. Rescheduling if needed.
  • Moderating the meeting — whether it's a structured agenda or open roundtable conversation, help everyone stay focused and on track.
  • If in person: selecting, reserving, and sharing details for the location.

For example: If Anna and Rhiana are in the same cohort and assigned July as their assigned"captain month," they'll work together to create two agendas for both July meetings. They'll then work with Month 2's captains to ensure the second month's topics and session structure flow nicely from Month 1.

Captain support:

  • We'll provide you with an updated Cohort Library of resources (e.g. relevant readings, podcasts, exercises, Propel event replays) based on the goals of your cohort members.
  • We'll connect you with other cohort captains to collaborate with on session ideas.

COHORTS: Moderation

Propel cohort meetings are self-led, with the captains acting as the designated moderators for each session. Training resources will be provided to help you effectively moderate the conversation.

COHORTS: Slack

Every cohort has its own dedicated private Slack channel to converse before and in between sessions.
  • We've set up reminders in the channel for you the week leading up to your next cohort meeting.
  • Please turn notifications on for this channel!

COHORTS: Scheduling & Note taking

The Propel team will help you schedule your first meeting and set up a recurring calendar invite.
  • We'll provide calendar modification permissions in the case you need to reschedule.
  • In person meetings may be hosted in homes, offices, restaurants/cafes, parks, etc.
  • Every cohort should create either 1) a Gdoc and Gfolder or 2) a Notion space to save and document shared agendas and resources,
We're here to help! The benefits you'll get out of Propel Cohorts are directly correlated to what you're willing to put into them. If you have questions or ideas to make your cohort experience even better, reach out to us - hi@propel.run
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