We’re trying to improve the shape of things.
Shapes are so entrenched in our lives, we sometimes don’t question them. Circl.es (.es = España) was born in Barcelona, where Gaudi’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia shocks you with spirals, curves, colors, images of nature, intertwined and dynamic. Gaudi dared to push the bounds of what shape a cathedral was supposed to be. It got us thinking, can we shift the shape of our classrooms, training rooms, and even video meetings? Can we learn in circles instead of rows.
When humans are arranged in a circle, they connect. Add facilitated dialogue, and they feel included, heard and begin to open up. They start giving and receiving help. Adding in a few “sparks” of outside concepts to help them look at the world differently, but won’t overwhelm the conversation with presentation. They get creative. Repeat this every few weeks and they rise to impress peers by achieving their goals. When a Circle “jells,” as we call it, participants use words like magical and transformative.
We came together as a company, from Barcelona, Brooklyn, Saratoga Springs, Lake Oswego, Auckland and more, to help other companies and communities create Circles, so they could connect deeply, help each other grow, and take action. Circles aren’t a novel idea. We’ve studied and worked with hundreds of practitioners of all kinds of Circles, and our goal is to amplify their efforts, and spur on a movement. We’re continually improving our system, platform and services, as we learn from our partners, participants, and from each other.
Bart de Vocht 🇳🇱
Singer of La Bamba
Bernard Duggan 🇦🇺
I’ve worked on three published computer games you’ve never heard of.
Clara Santangelo 🇦🇷
Program manager and Data Insights
Used to practice scottish dancing at primary school. Can play the Castanets
Daire Halligan 🇮🇪
Analogue photography, history, and coffee enthusiast
Dan Hoffman 🇺🇸
Founder & CEO
Knows 4 chords on the guitar
Estefanie Govea 🇲🇽
Once accidentally sat on top of a Pima Pineapple Cactus
Franko Franicevich 🇭🇷
Loves to travel
James Hessell-Bowman 🇳🇿
Can both walk and chew gum at the same time
Jami York 🇺🇸
a US Pacific Northwest girl who loves the outdoors, deep conversation and dark chocolate
Maria Jimena Domínguez 🇦🇷
loves sports, teaching and baking!
Jonathan Hefter 🇺🇸
I once shot rifles with Hunter Thompson.
Kamand salari 🇮🇷
Traveled over 40 countries
Katherine Lake 🇺🇸
Big fan of carrot cake and film photography
Luchi Garcia Garona 🇦🇷
Facu’s mom, frustrated Mari kondo follower, and hidden K-drama fan!
Maria Tenberge 🇩🇪
Lived in 6 countries on 3 continents and finally decided to grow roots in a small community in Barcelona.
Matt Fox-Wilson 🇬🇧
User Experience Designer
I’m a qualified instructor in the Japanese sword art of Iaido.
Mercedes Anahi Spataro 🇦🇷
Product & QA Manager
Cestoball player and addicted to mint icecream flavor
Mira Guise 🇳🇿
I have, on occasion, caused a bifurcation in phase space
Samantha Holland 🇺🇸
Marketing & Communication Consultant
Part time poet & pretend influencer
Tayyib Esau 🇿🇦
Enthusiastic Brazilian Jiu jitsu white belt
Work with us
Interested in joining a fast-growing start-up with an ambitious and inspiring mission, looking for a way to unlock new ways of learning and growing together? Check out our open positions!
We are continually training and certifying guides to facilitate for us, customers and partners.
Here are a few representatives of this wonderful and growing group.
Susan Lucci (she/her) is a former lawyer turned Purpose Guide, Mischief Makers Contributor and Soulful Facilitator of more than 7500 transformational conversations using her unique model. She loves facilitating soulful dialogue that deepens connection, empowers engagement, and creates healthier communities—and passionately holds space for the emergence of collective wisdom and inspired action.
Sue is a highly experienced facilitator and executive coach working with clients from a diverse range of sectors. She brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience to her work, having been an entrepreneur, polar explorer and elite athlete. Screen reader support enabled. Sue is a highly experienced facilitator and executive coach working with clients from a diverse range of sectors. She brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience to her work, having been an entrepreneur, polar explorer and elite athlete.
Paulie Rojas is an actress, presentation skills coach, classical enthusiast, and lover of adventure, people, languages, dogs, and a good Russian novel. She spent her childhood in Mexico City learning the ways of the world and acquiring her first love of art and people. Based out of NYC notable passions of hers range from dancing as a classically trained ballerina, being a trained black belt in Tae Kwon Do, having studied classical piano since the age of four, and most importantly, staying curious about all aspects of life. is an actress, presentation skills coach, classical enthusiast, and lover of adventure, people, languages, dogs, and a good Russian novel. She spent her childhood in Mexico City learning the ways of the world and acquiring her first love of art and people. Based out of NYC notable passions of hers range from dancing as a classically trained ballerina, being a trained black belt in Tae Kwon Do, having studied classical piano since the age of four, and most importantly, staying curious about all aspects of life.
Richard is a strategy and team development consultant, coach and facilitator. He uses playful techniques such as LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and applied improv alongside traditional tools honed from decades of strategy, marketing and digital transformation consulting to help teams and organizations achieve breakthrough thinking by making the most of all of their people. He brings his experience to Circles to hold the space for meaningful dialogues.
Samantha is a strategic visionary with decades of experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her mission is to create a better future for women and the organizations they lead by facilitating their growth and power. She focuses on resilience strategies, and helps her clients understand their unique purpose and talents, and how to best express them in the world.
Becca is adept at guiding people to master their mindset. A strategist, facilitator and executive coach with a background in organization development, she has extensive experience helping clients foster communication and implement strategies that promote self-reflection, new learning, and increased awareness of their impact on others. She is known for her clear communication and innate ability to foster trust.
Jonathan is a Founding Member, and the Lead Guide at Circles. In addition, he heads program design and delivery, serving as primary contact for developing custom peer learning experiences with our clients across companies, schools, and communities. He has led over 600 circle sessions. Jonathan is a certified personal and business coach, published poet, rites of passage guide, and registered wedding officiant. He heads our team of Circles-Certified Guides, acting as Circles’ in-house trainer, bringing over 20 years of facilitation and operational experience to our implementations.
Eveline is an inquisitive and intuitive facilitator who is constantly seeking to learn and empower others to learn. She believes that a part of her mission is to help bring heart and soul into our professional lives, because it is only on doing so that we create the kind of world we want for our children and grandchildren. She does this by forming a bridge between western science – through her education in Neuroscience and Psychology, technology – our modern language and meditative practices.
Liz has spent the last 30 years advising C-level executives on how to address various communications, marketing, leadership, customer experience and employee engagement challenges and opportunities.She brings her knack for helping people show up as their best and most authentic selves to her role as a Circles guide and as the founder of Purpose Filled Coaching LLC.
Nissa is a certified executive coach, consultant and trainer. She is the founder of Talkologie, LLC, a New York City based communications coaching company. She pulls on her performance background to hold the space, listen with empathy, reflect back, and articulate clearly. These strengths are leveraged to guide Circles through transformational conversations.
Devra has devoted her career to helping people, effectively engage, achieve and exceed their potential through meaningful, creative and impactful communication. She helped pioneer and lead the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, using simulation to train medical students, residents, and nurses how to effectively interview, listen, diagnose and treat patients while working in team environments. Whether as faculty working in academia or consulting for businesses, Devra communicates in a manner that energizes her “audience”, drives understanding, and develops synergy.
Renita is an executive coach who’s worked with 1,000+ high-performers in 40+ countries, from executives/teams at Fortune 500 firms to start-up founders. She specializes in helping deep/high tech entrepreneurs and military Special Forces level up their leadership to thrive in volatile, uncertain environments. Renita is a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and martial arts black belt with an MBA from INSEAD.
Liz London is the founder and lead trainer of Constructive Communities, a consulting practice focusing in conflict resolution and restorative justice training and facilitation. She has worked with community-based organizations, youth development practitioners, public schools, international non-profits, summer camps, undergraduate and graduate students, government employees, grassroots movements, and a wide variety of other communities and partners. She holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Liz is originally from New York City and, outside of work, Liz loves to travel as much as possible, cook, practice yoga, and play board games.
Dan Ryan is a certified coach, has facilitating small groups, from young people through to startup Founders, and he has worked on 6 continents!
Andrea is an Executive Coach, Consultant, Interculturalist and Facilitator. She’s lived and worked on three continents with various United Nations agencies, government agencies, healthcare/tech companies and multinational organizations. She’s a certified emotional intelligence practitioner and loves to help organizational leaders, who are motivated to grow their knowledge, skills & leadership ability for greater personal growth and wellbeing, career success, and business impact. When not working, Andrea is passionate about travel, learning about new places and cultures, and has been known to (happily) embarrass herself in multiple languages.
Rachel fosters ease, joy and wonder for individuals and groups in the creation of a mindful life. Guiding groups of individuals, she co-creates space for courageous conversations and reflective insights to emerge. Rachel designs group experiences and mindfulness classes, workshops, organizational mindfulness programs and retreats.
“Candice is a thinking partner who co-creates environments which hone in on how we are treating ourselves and others while accessing new ways of thinking and being, challenging assumptions and embracing ease, connection, difference, generative listening, and well-being of people and planet. She has worked as a Time To Think Coach, Facilitator and Faculty member since 2005, and was trained by the founder of the Thinking Environment methodology, Nancy Kline. One of her great joys has been creating and facilitating peer-learning programs for a diverse range of clients and communities of practice. She is founder of The Thinking Field, a human development consultancy.”
Sylvia Henderson, MBA, brings 40+ years of corporate and nonprofit leadership, entrepreneurship, speaking, published author, Vistage Chair and long-term group facilitation experience to her Circl.es Guide service. Her passion and byline is, “When people come together, great things happen!”
Anna Jollymore (she/they) is a certified advanced practitioner of the Grief Recovery Method with 15+ years of experience in facilitation, adult education, leadership development, revenue enablement, business transformation, and change management. Anna’s goal is to increase the number of souls who authentically and joyfully participate in belonging to this time, this place, and this collective consciousness.
Joy is an international education consultant with a focus on whole school development and program design. She is Clinical Supervisor for teachers in training and has an independent contemplative counseling practice. Joy lives in the Hudson Valley, U.S. and Nova Scotia, Canada.
Motivated by the growth and development of others Tracey brings her background as a senior leader in Human Resources to the work that she does as a facilitator. Passionate about people and authentic connection she considers it an honor to hold space with individuals and groups to help them grow, succeed, and accomplish great things.
Karen’s work focuses on supporting organizational leaders, teams, and individual contributors as they explore and consider what’s needed to improve humanistic health and effectiveness within/among various levels of systems. An accomplished organization development practitioner, facilitator and certified coach, Karen works closely with stakeholders to explore, plan and create positive change.
Anja Achenbach is a passionate interviewer, storyteller and facilitator driven to inspire. As a Storytelling Coach, she supports entrepreneurs and organizations to unravel the stories which shape their identity as well as develop, present, publish, or share them. With her work, she strives to make an impact toward a more diverse and sustainable future building bridges across cultures and fostering a new sense of belonging.
Laura is an experienced director, intrapreneur, and self-described mediation fangirl, whose focus is on doing ‘good work with good people’. Her workplace motto is that “Job #1 is healthy and happy”. Laura’s PhD research centred on words and the emotions they bring up, and she specialises in connecting people and solving problems.
Ami is a professional life coach and especially loves supporting people to take up space in their own lives. She is also a mom, a partner, a life-long friend, and a volunteer, who has educated a range of ages and audiences and advised academics and executives. Ami is a native New Yorker with a deep love of the desert (and dessert).
As a former aerospace engineer, Valari was more intrigued by the people designing the product than the product itself. Being a Certified Coach and Myers-Briggs Licensed Practitioner, she brings a fresh perspective to over 25 years of speaking, coaching and facilitating group conversations around communication, conflict and productivity. She has found that challenging topics become much clearer when looking through the lens of personality type.
We are so grateful to our friends, investors and advisors who have helped us learn and grow. Even though this is a long list, it is far from complete.
Software Development Leader, CTO at CultureIQ
Legendary Chief Learning Officer, Learning Consultant
Alumni peer groups expert, executive education leader
Brain Science MD, Entrepreneur, Shrink, Philosopher
Exec, Author, Policy Influencer, Curriculum Designer
Technology Leader, Architect, Entrepreneur, Data Aficionado
Neogeography Pioneer & Serial Entrepreneur
Learning Innovator, Entrepreneur, Academic, Uber Connector
Reinventing learning at Europe’s top B-school
Chief Learning Officer, Business Development Executive
Learning Pioneer, Entrepreneur, CEO, Social Engineer
Learning Pioneer, Entrepreneur, School Founder, Coach
Business Strategist, Nonprofit Earned Revenue Development
Healthcare innovator and leader, community builder
Mentor, Investor, Facilitator, Mayoral Candidate, Marketer
Product Designer, Higher Ed Pioneer, Entrepreneur
Investor, Lawyer, Activist, Operations Chief, Philanthropist
Learning Innovator, Chess Champion, Martial Artist
Small-group Dynamics & Leadership Development Expert
Lisa S. Meyers
Global Media Executive & Peer Groupee
Emerging Tech Leader, Strategy + Execution, Problem Solver
Experienced entrepreneur, CEO, Education Technology Pioneer
Expert Peer Group Facilitator, Entrepreneur, Author
Author, Consultant, Journalist, Content Format Futurist
Peer group and learning innovation, MIT Media Lab
Accomplished leader in technology, operations, strategy
Sarah E. Endline
CEO, entrepreneur, EIR, board member and speaker
Patient Care Peer Groups Innovator
Consultant, Learning Designer, Coding Bootcamp Founder
Bestselling Author, Stanford Professor, YPO Forum Architect
EO Founder, Entrepreneur, Bestseller, Scaling Expert