HBS Virtual Living Groups

Living Groups are one of the highest rated components of the HBS learning experience. Peers with different experiences and viewpoints broaden perspectives and deepen confidence. Strong relationships last well beyond the program. The VLG platform replicates this powerful connection, virtually. 

What is a Virtual Living Group?

When executive ed students attend programs on HBS compass, 8 students share a living room and form a learning group. With the help of some structure, coaching and action learning assignments, the intentional diversity of the group becomes a strength. They learn from each other and push each other. The Virtual Living Group program replicates this popular element of the HBS experience online.

How It Works

Each session is designed for impact and efficiency. Live facilitators can guide the interactions

The experience takes place in a purpose-built space that shakes people out of their daily mindset as if they were on campus

Unique technology makes it easier to organize groups and measure outcomes

These highly engaged groups continue learning between and after modules, applying concepts to actual challenges. Along the way, leaders get better at facilitating inclusive, trusted, dialogue themselves.

A space to connect

Circles comes from the age-old tradition of storytelling and gathering as a community. The Circl.es System™ enables the same kind of human connection, virtually. The video space is perfect for hosting facilitated, inclusive sessions. The unique setting and features shake small groups out of the day-to-day and into intentional dialogue about their most important challenges. Once a circle “jells” they continuously meet to apply and practice, engaging over months instead of days.

What others have to say

Circles did the job that the bar, dorm and cafe used to do” 

Efficient, Engaging, Well-orchestrated

The power of having a “living room” to share ideas and thoughts


In a world of physical distance, circles facilitate authentic human connection.

In a circle, 3-12 participants contribute equally, share openly, and push each other to act.

We spent years with academics and practitioners, honing best practices and building a technology platform. Our circles have helped scale peer learning, sustain manager and leadership development, move live training online, onboard new employees, support career development, teach collaboration, and build community.

We’ve been grateful for the support and the referrals from our large corporate partners, schools, and communities who have been hiring us to help design, facilitate and manage Circles programs.

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