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How to Bring Lean In Circles to Your Company

Lean In Circles unite women, fostering their professional development and equipping them with research-backed strategies to tackle bias and advance their careers. In this supportive environment—across roles and levels—they find peer mentorship, encouragement, and validation.

Women are more ambitious than ever

Our Women in the Workplace Report shows that 81% of women want to be promoted to the next level this year. And it’s even higher for women of color, at 88%.

But for many women, finding connection and support at work is a major challenge. About 20% of women say they’re often the only woman in the room at work. And for women of color and women with other marginalized identities, it’s even harder to navigate challenges or chart a unique career path. It’s critical for companies to champion women’s ambition and help foster their professional development and growth. That’s where Lean In Circles can help.

Circles drive real change

Thousands of women tell us their Circle has helped them reach and exceed their career goals. Women in Circles are more likely to:

Lean into leadership

73% of women in Circles feel equipped to be better leaders as a result of being part of a Circle

Embrace new challenges

Two-thirds of women in Circles say they’ve taken on a new challenge with the support of their Circle

Make positive change

85% of women in Circles credit their Circle with a positive change in their lives

Lead a Circle

Introducing the Women at Work Collection for Lean In Circles

A leadership training program designed specifically for women by women.

Featuring a series of 18 action-oriented videos, real-life stories from women in our global community, and accompanying discussion guides, the Collection helps women overcome workplace challenges and elevate their achievements. From navigating bias to boosting self-confidence, it not only fosters professional development, but encourages Circle members to embark on a shared journey of learning and honing new leadership skills.

Explore the collection

Learn how to bring Lean In Circles to your company

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How to Bring Lean In Circles to Your Company

Join members of the Lean In team for a free webinar to learn more about the impact you can make with Circles. Plus, you’ll walk away with everything you need to set your Circles up for success.

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How Circles work

Small groups built to scale

Circles typically include 8-12 women, and often form around shared identities and experiences. Many companies integrate Circles as part of existing Employee Resource Groups or other learning and development initiatives as a way to engage employees at scale.

Virtual or in-person meetings

Circles usually meet once a month for 60 to 90 minutes, either in-person or virtually. Virtual meetings can be a powerful way for women to connect and grow their networks across geographic lines—especially as many companies continue to work remotely.

Employee led

Lean In’s Circles resource library makes it easy for employees at any level to lead a Circle. This model empowers women in your organization to make Circles their own and lays the foundation for a scalable program that engages women across roles, backgrounds, and identities.

Bringing Circles to your company is easy

  • 1

    Comprehensive start-up kit

    The Circles start-up kit provides everything you need to launch and grow your program, including email templates to get your team excited, a kick-off presentation and Circle leader training guide, and best practices for scaling Circles to reach more employees.

  • 2

    Central platform to manage your Circles Program

    We provide a centralized platform to help you track your Circles program via a dedicated web page for your company where employees across any of your global offices can find a Circle to join.

  • 3

    No cost to your team

    We believe all companies, regardless of size or budget, should have the tools they need to advance women and create an equal and inclusive workplace—so we offer all of our resources and programming for free.

You’re in good company

We’ve helped hundreds of leaders create organizations where everyone is empowered and supported. Companies of all sizes use our programs to achieve real, measurable DEI results.

  • Adidas
  • MetLife
  • P&G
  • Salesforce
  • Walmart

Ready to bring Circles to your organization?

We make it easy to get started.

Attend a Circles webinar to get advice from our team on how to get your Circles program started.


Download the start up kit for a step-by-step rollout plan, recruiting and training materials, and more.


Planning to launch with 50 or more Circles? Contact our team for hands-on guidance and support.