Gain new skills and go further with Lean In Circles

Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Women are asking for more, stepping outside their comfort zones, and leaning in.

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Circles by the numbers

29,000 Number of circles in
147 countries (and growing)

There are more than 29,000 Circles in 147 countries …and growing

85% Percentage of members who credit their Circle with a positive change in their life

85% of members credit their Circle with a positive change in their life…

My Circle inspired me to…

“Negotiate for a bigger salary and job title.” (She got both.)

Leader of a network of 300 plus women in Circles

My Circle inspired me to…

“Negotiate for a bigger salary and job title.” (She got both.)

Leader of a network of 300 plus women in Circles

“Raise my hand more in class and take the lead on group projects.”

Organizer of Circles at George Washington University

“Look at how I balance work and life as a husband, father, and manager.” (She got both.)

Member of a Circle at Enterprise Rent-a-Car

“Lean in to the joys and challenges of being a single mum.”

Member of Circle called “Ladies of Life Science”

“Host pop-up events in Iraq for female entrepreneurs.”

Founder of a Circle at the American University of Iraq

“Take that computer science class I feared since coming to college.” (She got an A!)

Organizer of several Circles at Harvard University

“Help teenage victims of sex trafficking step out of their past and into their future.”

Leader of a Circle for sexual abuse victims

“Run for my firm’s governing board.” (She won.)

Member of a Circle at a major law firm

“Write a book that encourages girls in China to pursue their dreams.”

Member of a Circle combatting “shengnu,” the stigma of being “leftover women.”

“Propose to my boyfriend.” (He said yes.)

Founder of several Circles in the Twin Cities

“Help other immigrants get their English certifications so that they can find work.”

Founder of a Circle for Latina immigrants

“Apply for an internship that I thought I was too young for.” (She got it.)

Leads a Circle at University of Michigan

How Circles Work

It starts with you

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Circle will give you the support to go for it—more than 80% of members say they’re more likely to take on a new challenge or opportunity because of their Circle.

Power of peer support

Research shows that we are more confident and are able to learn and accomplish more in small groups. To get the most out of your Circle, we recommend eight to twelve members at similar stages in life and/or with shared goals.

Lean In Circles Online

  • Step-by-step meeting guides and activities
  • Expert videos on important topics and skills
  • A group email and social feed so it’s easy to stay in touch
  • Materials to promote your Circle—including a logo!

Your Circle, Your Way

A Circle can be a monthly roundtable at your home, a brown-bag lunch series at work, or even a virtual meet-up with people from around the world. The important thing is that you get together regularly—and that everyone participates. Your Circle can also join up with other Circles and create a Chapter that hosts events and supports networking.

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