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Circles are Lean In’s bread and butter. In groups of 10-12 individuals, we hold weekly meetings that facilitate the personal and professional growth of our members. Our circles are led by our Lean In trained circle moderators (interested in becoming a moderator? Find out how here). Every one of our circles is built on the foundation of three aims: to teach skills, spark dialogue, and build community. 

Three Pillars


 Learn useful and implementable skills

Professional tips from a CCE counselor
Cover letter, interview, and resume writing practice
Techniques for energizing and boosting productivity


Challenge yourself to intense conversations and self-reflection

Introspection and sharing with members
Examining how to make the most out of your time and aligning your commitments with your passions and values
Reflection on how diversity shapes experience


Thrive in the support and inspiration of your Lean In peers

Benefiting from mutual peer mentorship
Weekly goal setting
Bonding through 1:1 chats, circle outings, and social movie/game nights


Join a Circle

This semester we are holding 6 circles, and, in addition, one moderator training circle led by co-presidents Mara and Colette. Sign up here.

  1. Woman in the World - Woman in the World is a space for members to uncover how their activism intersects with other aspects of their identity, for better or for worse. Moderator: Lauren Winters
  2. Advocating for Yourself - Want to change the world? It all starts with advocating for yourself. Join our circle to learn hard skills that will help you become a better advocate. Moderators: Coco & Jamie
  3. Health & Wellness -  In our Health & Wellness circle, we are interested in bringing Health and Wellness to the forefront of discussion and demonstrating that creating a more balanced lifestyle can actually be quite simple, sustainable, and rewarding in college. Moderators: Kiana & Chloe
  4. The Circle of Life - In The Circle of Life, we will aim to close the gap between the academic and the personal by studying key philosophical ideas and understanding how they influence our own lives. By the end of the semester, participants will come away with habits of introspection that will facilitate an understanding of the way they perceive the world and their place in it. Moderator: Kara
  5. Changing Tides: Female Representation in Media - Female Representation in Media is a Circle that focuses on emerging and established forms of media like film, publication and television to critique the depiction of the role of women in these mediums. By highlighting the shifts and dynamism in female representation in media through objective critiquing, we aim to discuss the challenges and accomplishments in this field and take away insights that can inform our attempts to empower us and our community. Moderators: Sombul & Daya

Become a Moderator


Moderators, who are also board members of Lean In, lead our weekly circle meetings (either alone or with a co-moderator). Moderators also play a part in planning Lean In events and initiatives.

All moderators must complete a semester of training led by the presidents of Lean In. The training session, which meets once weekly, covers the topics of the Lean In Core Curriculum with each member leading one meeting. Moderators then receive valuable feedback from other moderators-in-training and the presidents.

By participating in moderator training for Lean In, you get the rare opportunity to receive feedback and training on your leadership skills. And, once you’re done with training, the experience of leading a circle is rewarding and fulfilling.

Applications for Spring 2018 Moderator training has closed, but keep an eye out for Fall 2018 applications. We usually select 4-8 moderators in training, and you can increase your chances of being selected by joining a Circle this Spring.