Wharton Women’s Circles is a School-facilitated program aimed at cultivating meaningful connections among alumnae. Circles are small groups that meet on a monthly basis to support and empower each other.

Wharton Women’s Circles
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New York City
Open House

September 29, 2020
5 pm EST

San Francisco
Open House

September 29, 2020
5 pm PST

FAQ

What is the role of a circle leader?

Each circle is facilitated by two co-leaders who ensure 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 relevant agenda for each meeting. Leaders receive training in group facilitation and leadership on an annual basis, and participate on monthly calls with the School aimed at addressing challenges and sharing best practices. 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 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 to the group and process is a key component, and regular attendance is critical to a group’s success.

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 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 at least 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 in a monthly call with Wharton, and attending a half day of training prior to the first meeting of your circle.

How can I bring Wharton Women's Circles to my area?

Please contact Womens-Circles@wharton.upenn.edu and let them know where!

This game-changing program is brought to you by Wharton External Affairs, MBA Career Management, and our amazing Wharton alumnae.

Contact Womens-Circles@wharton.upenn.edu with questions.