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 our 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, adding 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
Head of Operations
Singer of La Bamba
I Write Code
I’ve worked on three published computer games you’ve never heard of.
Founder & CEO
Knows 4 chords on the guitar
I’m an avid birdwatcher
Knows 5 chords on the guitar
Partner Relationship Manager
a US Pacific Northwest girl who loves the outdoors, deep conversation and dark chocolate
I’m a tiny house enthusiast.
Head of Program Design & Delivery
I once shot rifles with Hunter Thompson.
Was once kicked in the head by Juliette Lewis
Dog lover, ukulele enthusiast, amateur chef
Lived in 6 countries on 3 continents and finally decided to grow roots in a small community in Barcelona.
Benevolent Marketing Genius
Believes that Starburst Minis are an essential part of her diet
User Experience Designer
I’m a qualified instructor in the Japanese sword art of Iaido.
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.
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.
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
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