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Accelerate your career with Lean In Circles

Lean In Circles combine a leadership curriculum designed specifically for women with the power of peers coming together to learn new skills and support each other. Part leadership workshop, part support network–that’s a Lean In Circle.

Start yours today and learn how to build your confidence, become a transformational leader, and go further in your career—all at no cost to you.

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What is a Lean In Circle

Circles are small groups of 8 to 12 women who meet on a regular basis for ongoing support and growth. 85% of members credit their Circle with a positive change in their life, and almost two-thirds of women in Circles have taken on a new challenge. Lean In provides all the materials you need to get your Circle started and keep it going. And with our new leadership training program developed specifically for women, it’s easier than ever to run an engaging Circle.

Learn with our world-class leadership curriculum

The Women at Work Collection is our free leadership program designed to take your Circle on a shared journey of learning. Featuring 18 action-oriented videos and discussion guides, it’s a culmination of decades of research, expert input, and insights from our global community. The Collection covers essential topics like becoming a transformational leader, mastering negotiation, and navigating workplace bias. And for Circles based around shared experience, we offer Leadership Fundamentals Playlists, featuring customized content for Black women, Asian women, Latinas, LGBTQ+ groups, women with disabilities, and working mothers.

Grow alongside like-minded women

Whether your Circle is made of friends, coworkers in your industry or at your career stage, 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. Peer mentorship helps you to build professional skills and feel more empowered to take risks. In fact, 81% of members said being in a Circle helped their career.

Meet regularly with your Circle

Circles usually meet once a month, everywhere from living rooms to company cafeterias, or virtually across the globe—it’s up to you and your Circle to decide what works best for you. We hear from Circle members that they benefit most from their Circle when they meet for six months or more. And some Lean In Circles have been running successfully for over 10 years!

Learn more with a Circle Leader Training

Join one of our free 60-minute online sessions to learn more about Circles and how to get started. You'll hear directly from the LeanIn.Org team about how to recruit, connect, and lead your very first meeting. Our experts will introduce you to the wide range of resources we provide—including the comprehensive Women at Work Collection—to make running your Circle as easy and meaningful as possible. And if you’re a seasoned leader looking to level up the experience of your current Circle, it’s a chance to connect with other Circle Leaders from around the world for inspiration and support.

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Your leadership journey starts — and grows — here

Leading a Lean In Circle can be a transformative experience. 98% percent of Circle Leaders attribute a positive change in their life to their Circle. You deserve the same—start your Circle today and join a global community of more than 90,000 women who have started Circles in 183 countries. When you become a Circle Leader, you not only help other women, but you also:

  • Get support and advice for advancing your career
  • Build your leadership skills
  • Expand your professional network
  • Join a global movement for gender equality
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Circles around the world

Go behind the scenes of three Lean In Circles
(they're all still meeting—just online!)

Lean in Lyon

Freelancers in France are sharing tips, introducing each other to clients, and practicing negotiations.

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Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley

Latinas with decades of experience are mentoring the next generation.

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Mechanical Engineering Circle, Delhi, India

Students in India are taking on gender stereotypes and going further—faster.

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Start a Circle

Learn how to build your confidence, become a transformational leader, and go further in your career. Start your Lean In Circle and we’ll give you everything you need to get your Circle up and running.