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Together we're better.
Through the power of peer support, Circles are changing lives.


Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together. Circles are as unique as the individuals who start them, but they all share a common bond: the power of peer support. Women are asking for more and stepping outside their comfort zones, and men and women are talking openly about gender issues for the first time.




Circles are the key pillar of Lean In. Circles meet everywhere from living rooms to company cafeterias—and they are spreading from city to city and country to country by word of mouth. 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. The best part is, they work: women in Circles are asking for more, stepping outside their comfort zones, and leaning in.


Circles provide community, accountability, and encouragement as your pursue your ambitions. Circles are your own board of directors as you strategize through opportunities and challenges in your career. Research shows that we are more confident and are able to learn and accomplish more in small groups.


Lean In Circles are groups of women that meet regularly to dig deeper into skill-building materials, grow together and support each other in achieving their ambitious goals. We encourage you to stick with it: Circles that meet for more than 6 months report higher satisfaction, and many Circles stay together—and support each other—for years.


Circles come in all shapes and sizes. To get the most out of your group, we recommend 8–12 members (a good size to make sure everyone gets heard) at similar stages in life (because peers are more likely to have shared experiences).


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.

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