What is a Circle?
Lean In Circles are groups of eight to twelve women that meet regularly to dig deeper into skill-building materials, grow together and support each other in achieving their ambitious goals. In the meetings you tackle the biggest opportunities and challenges that you face in your journey. The key to Circles is peer support, and the data shows it works.
85% of members credit their Circle
with a positive change in their life.
Circles are led by one or two trained moderators who help facilitate conversation so everyone is heard and valued.
Circle engagement is centered around two roles.
- Come to the meetings
- Actively participate
- Share your story
- Expected time commitment is 2 hours per month for 1 year
- Everything members do
- Leadership responsibilities include:
- Plan, schedule, and facilitate monthly meetings
- Estimated time commitment:
- 4-hour one-time Moderator Training Workshop
- 2-3 hours per month for preparation
Circles are built on three core values
Circles can either be Local Circles, which are composed of women in the same geographic area (i.e. North Seattle, Eastside, etc.) or Themed Circles that are focused on a specific topic or industry (i.e. working moms, business owners, etc.).
Check out the current Themed Circles offered by Lean In Seattle members:
Not finding a Circle that's the right fit? Start your own and connect it to the Seattle Chapter! We'll help you recruit members here and and on our Facebook page.
video resources about circles
Lean In Circles are a place to help you tackle the dozens of challenges you face every day as you navigate your career path as a woman. With community, accountability and encouragement, you can tackle even the biggest challenges in your life.
A short overview of the kinds of Lean In Circle meetings (education and exploration) and what you'll gain from them. Meeting content is flexible and selected by your Circle as a group, but these are frameworks frequently used.