What are Lean In Circles?
Circles are a place where women can be unapologetically ambitious. Where we can give voice to our dreams and find the encouragement to start chasing them. They’re a place for sharing ideas, gaining skills, seeking advice, and showing solidarity. Most of all, they’re a place where we help each other become our very best selves. Whatever your goal—whether you’re working toward a promotion or building your confidence, reentering the workforce or starting a business—your Circle will help you get there.
How Circles Work
Women in your group meet once a month to support each other and learn new skills.
Circles are everywhere. We’re a community of women who meet in nearly every country and at some of the largest companies.
Circles can meet over coffee at your home, in a lunch series at work, or in virtual meet-ups online.
And we know they work: 86% of women in Circles say their group has made a positive impact on their life.
We started off by inviting our own friends and friends of friends to our meetings. Slowly, once people saw what we were doing with our Circle, they wanted to be part of it
- Abir Abdul Rahim and Sarah Chen, Circle Leaders, Lean In Malaysia
When one of our members was struggling to find a job, for example, our Circle jumped in to help with interview prep and to make introductions.
- Nuala Murphy, Circle Leader, Lean In Belfast
I’m such an introvert, but being a Circle leader has made things totally different for me. It has definitely helped build my confidence. Now I can actually say that I’m a leader.
- Julene Allen, Circle Leader, Lean In Women of Color
Starting a Circle is Easy
Register and invite a few friends to join the group
We recommend small groups of 8 to 12 women-but many Circles start off with even fewer members.
Schedule your first meeting
Circles can meet anywhere—at work, home, a nearby coffee shop, or online.
Run your Circle meeting with our step-by-step guides
Choose from dozens of meeting guides on topics from networking to negotiating.
Our Partner Programs
Whether your goal is skill development, retention, or mentorship at scale, you can tailor your Circles program to complement your existing diversity and inclusion efforts and achieve your organizational goals.Launch a company Circles program