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What is a Lean In Circle?

A Lean In Circle is a peer-mentoring community where members form lasting relationships, share their personal triumphs and challenges, and offer advice and support to one another. Each circle typically consists of eight to twelve members of varying ages, backgrounds, stages of career, and interests.

Lean In Circles are based upon three circle fundamentals: confidentiality, communication, and commitment. The three circle fundamentals ensure that each circle is a safe, comfortable, and accepting environment for all of its members. Each member agrees to keep the discussion confidential within the circle, communicate respectfully and honestly, and be fully present and engaged during meetings.

Who can join a Lean In Circle?

All female-identifying students in STEM fields are welcome to attend Lean In Circles.

When and where do Lean In Circles meet?

In the fall 2016 term, WiCS Lean In Circles meet bi-weekly on Tuesdays.

Date Time Location

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


DC 2568

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


MC Comfy Lounge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


DC 2523

Thursday, November 10, 2016


DC 2331

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


DC 2331

Why should I join?

You should join a Lean In Circle to become a part of a community of technical women who are studying or working in a male-dominated environment. A Lean In Circle becomes a tight-knit social network that facilitates peer mentoring and promotes discussion about personal experiences, gender-equity issues in society, how to deal with sexism and biases in the workplace, and exceeding personal goals in a female-friendly environment.

How do I join a Lean In Circle?

All WiCS events are governed by the WiCS Code of Conduct:

Have more questions?

Please email: The UWaterloo WICS Chapter Manager will respond as soon as possible.