What are Circles about?
Leaning in is not a solo sport. And women continue to face bias and barriers at work. Circles are a space for women to come together to learn research-backed strategies to advance their careers, all while benefiting from peer mentorship, validation, and support. Now, with our new leadership training program for women, it’s easier than ever for women to build new skills and run an engaging Circle.
Leadership skill building
Our Women at Work Collection is a free leadership training program designed to help your Circle develop new professional skills, such as how to negotiate effectively, get the recognition you deserve, and practice allyship. It’s a culmination of decades of research, expert input, and insights from our global community on women’s experiences.
Whether your Circle is made of friends, co-workers, or women you’ve met through our community, you’ll soon have a tight-knit support group to guide you through both personal and professional challenges. People tend to learn best in groups—not only can you benefit from different perspectives, but group dynamics can be motivating.
Circles usually meet once a month, either in person or virtually—it’s up to you and your Circle to decide what works best for the group. Every meeting closes by committing to One Action—one thing you’ll do to step outside your comfort zone or learn something new before you meet next.
Introducing the Women at Work Collection for Lean In Circles
Featuring a series of 18 action-oriented videos, real-life stories from women in our global community, and accompanying discussion guides, the Collection is your guide to overcoming workplace challenges and elevating your achievements. From navigating bias to boosting self-confidence, it not only fosters professional development, but encourages your Circle to embark on a shared journey of learning and honing new leadership skills.Explore the Collection
About the Collection
Want to learn more? Join a Circle Leader Training
Join our free Circle Leader Training to learn about how to get your Circle up and running; from deciding on your Circle’s purpose, recruiting members, right up to hosting your first meeting. You’ll also have a chance to connect with other Circle Leaders from around the world for inspiration and support.See Upcoming Circle Leader Trainings
Why lead a Circle?
Whether your Circle is made of friends, co-workers, or women you've met in our community, you'll soon:
- Foster a tight-knit support group to guide you through your career and your life
- Strengthen your network by joining a global community of 56,000 Circle Leaders in 188 countries
- Become a better leader and learn new skills through our free Circle Leader Trainings, library of expert talks, and resources
I felt that just sharing our stories in a Circle where you trust the people around you is more powerful than one could imagine. I am so proud of taking the initiative and starting my Circle.
Circles around the world
Go behind the scenes of three Lean In Circles
(they're all still meeting—just online!)
Lead a Circle
Leading a Circle is easy. We’ll give you everything you need to get your Circle up and running—even virtually—plus ongoing guidance and resources.
Join a Circle
Whether you’re tackling new challenges at work or home, looking for career advice, or just seeking peer support—your Circle will help you get there.