Wharton Women’s Circles is a new school-facilitated program in its pilot year aimed at cultivating meaningful relationships among alumnae. Circles are small groups that meet on a monthly basis for one year to support and empower one another personally and professionally.

Please stay tuned for the next Wharton Women’s Circles Open House in Fall 2019 and contact Womens-Circles@wharton.upenn.edu with questions.

FAQ

What is the role of a circle leader?

Each circle is facilitated by two co-leaders who are responsible for ensuring that monthly circle meetings encourage meaningful conversations and connections. Leaders accomplish this by creating an environment of trust and transparency, setting clear expectations for group behavior and norms, and planning a group relevant agenda for each meeting. Leaders receive training in group facilitation and leadership on an annual basis, and participate on brief monthly calls with the School. Leaders are selected through an application process.

Circle participants and leaders take turns hosting meetings at home or at work on a rotating basis, and may be responsible for a small monthly contribution to the host for refreshments.

What is the role of a circle participant?

Circle participants commit to being fully present and engaged in monthly circle meetings, following the group’s norms and behaviors, and contributing to the group in a meaningful and authentic way. Commitment is a key component so we ask that circle participants commit to attend every meeting.

Circle participants and leaders take turns hosting meetings at home or at work on a rotating basis, and may be responsible for a small monthly contribution to the host for refreshments.

What is the time commitment for leaders and participants?

Leaders and participants commit to meeting on a monthly basis for two hours as a group. Each circle runs for one year, with the option to continue the group at the end of each year.

In addition, leaders commit to planning and facilitating the monthly meetings, participating on a monthly circle leader call, and attending a half day of training prior to the first meeting of your circle.

Past Events

Open House
February 21, 2019

Questions? Please do not hesitate to reach out to womens-circles@wharton.upenn.edu.