Women Leaders are a force in organizations. We see you and want to make it easy for you to find your Circle. Perhaps your relationships with other women have been squeezed out due to the needs of others you serve–could you benefit from a circle of high-impact women in leadership like you, who are navigating similar challenges?
We are excited to bring together exceptional women who are leading teams, and exploring inclusive practices to enhance team dynamics and performance. A purposely curated circle of women will gather to share their stories, challenges and best practices in leadership, connecting with one another in the only virtual space designed to nurture more equitable and inclusive teams.
The ultimate goal is discovering that you are not alone in leadership. A Circle is designed to encourage, support and embolden you to continue leading as only you can.
Are you in?
To read more about how the program has developed check out this article.
Circles are small groups gathering regularly for meaningful, facilitated conversation, creating community across an organization. Participants connect and grow together as their conversation bridges gaps and uncovers learning opportunities, which fosters engagement, belonging and trust.
Most organizations start by using the CircleSpace platform and services to layer inclusive social learning into leadership development, onboarding, DE&I or group coaching programs. Companies like Glassdoor and DuPont have gone on to deploy CircleSpace widely to cross-pollinate ideas, mend rifts and silos, and support wellness. At the Aspen Institute and Young Presidents Organization, circles are the beating heart of their learning communities.
Along with our partners, clients, and growing community of practice, we are working to bring out the best in humans in #circlesnotrows.
You will gain a circle of women leaders who are leading organizations, teams and communities. You will experience showing up for others, and having a circle of peers show up for you. You will have a committed space in your busy calendar for reflection on your biggest leadership challenges. Session structure and facilitation foster an immersive experience of openness, inclusion, presence, listening, blind spots, accountability, storytelling, appreciation of diverse perspectives, & learning itself.
This journey is priced at $495 to cover facilitation and management costs. We will initiate circle launches once we’ve gathered a critical mass of participants. Prior to your commitment, we will provide you with a set schedule, and you won’t incur any costs until you’re ready to participate in your first session. Upon receiving an invitation, you will have a few days to confirm your attendance. Additionally, please note that the program is fully refundable after the initial session. Lastly, we will provide you with an invoice and any necessary documentation to facilitate the expensing of this program as part of your professional development.
We’ve met many Women Leaders in our work – many are naturally inclined to connect, support and learn with other women. We’re experienced at creating circles of peers – hand-picking and inviting leaders that we think will make a great circle. For this program, we’re looking for women in senior leadership roles within corporations, working full time. Women Leaders who have participated in a Circl.es experience, and desire to connect and grow with organizational women leaders.
By saying ‘yes’ to this 4-session experience, you are committing to yourself and the others in your circle. This is not a webinar where you can watch a recording later. Your circle will miss you. If everyone commits, the circle will thrive. Worse, we’ve seen that missing is contagious and your absence risks setting off a chain reaction. Circle sessions can be very valuable with just a few people, and missing is sometimes unavoidable. But this rare opportunity to show up for yourself and your fellow participants. To lean into new connections and their lived experiences. So you have a choice. A chance to make these sessions a priority. To create a space away from email and your day-to-day. To move past “busy and tired”, and explore what’s possible if only you commit.
Maybe. We are planning for a certain level of churn, and do have a process to add members to another Circle when this happens. You might have to wait until another cohort launches. We also will refund your fees after the first session if you feel it isn’t right for you or you can’t make the commitment.
Our target is 6-8.
Circles Learning Labs has built technology that makes it easy to scale a consistently great circle experience virtually. The warm and welcoming video space itself has purpose-built features that easily facilitate inclusive and engaging dialogue. Our platform, process, and people are intentionally built to engineer for impactful small group conversation.
Years of hardening has made the space reliable. Overwhelmingly, companies have no issue with our videospace – it is just a website. It is built for confidential and secure conversations. We’ve passed rigorous security checks from some of the world’s largest companies. However, from time to time institutions restrict outside websites and do need to white list us. If that happens, the easiest answer is usually to connect from a personal device. Otherwise, we are glad to instruct your IT department how to quickly unrestrict circl.es.
No. The session time will be spent on your actual challenges, so any work you do will be up to you and directly relevant to your “work” work. Engaged participants often recommend reading and other resources to each other that you might want to check out.
We hope that you’ll want to continue. There is another level to the game – a committed Fellowship or Forum that stays together for up to a year or more, forming a personal advisory board. We support this with facilitation and libraries of exercises that can deepen a peer learning journey. Since the curriculum is you and your work, it is always evolving, and doesn’t get stale. The relationship with circle mates often transcends the words “friend,” “colleague” and “advisor.” At this level, you gain a circle of other women who are deeply invested in your success. You will have a committed space in your busy calendar for reflection on your biggest leadership challenges. You will also experience the most powerful leadership lessons other members all have, around vulnerability, inclusion, presence, listening, blind spots, storytelling, diverse perspectives, and learning itself — you will gain leaders around you who get this and become allies and help reinforce those skills while supporting you to transform your work and life.