Leadership Circles for womxn in design





Within is a collection of content and experiences for womxn in design and technology. Built around connection, reflection, learning and creativity, each experience is crafted to bring together a community and conversation that inspires womxn to lead as their full selves.

Building on the success of our retreats, Within is expanding by launching Leadership Circles in select cities in January 2020.

Through the Leadership Circle dinners, I was able to share stories, wins, and challenges with a group of incredibly smart and accomplished women leaders—who were all facing the same types of tricky, complicated problems as me. It’s a rare opportunity to have unbiased encouragement and support from others outside of your company, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
— Kara Hodecker, Product Design Manager at Evernote




Within Leadership Circles provide a safe, intimate environment for exploring and discussing key leadership themes (and challenges) with peers. Leverage the group's experience, knowledge and creativity to strengthen your own skills and leadership techniques.

Leadership Circles are three-hour sessions with two parts:


Facilitated discussion around common design leadership challenges

Peer coaching circle where each participant can receive input on their specific challenges


Within has personally selected and trained City Leads from the local design community to facilitate the Leadership Circles.


The circle is a membership model and will be based in six different cities (Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC.)

Memberships are a six month commitment. Upon becoming a member in their city, participants will be invited to six monthly Leadership Circles with a small group of selected design leaders. Each session will include dinner, drinks and workshop materials.

In addition (and beyond the six months), members will receive access to:

  • A private Within Slack channel for ongoing, asynchronous support from your Leadership Circle

  • Access to the exclusive, invite-only Within community Slack group—a highly curated group of experienced design leaders for ongoing connection, learning and support

A six month membership costs $600.

Applications closed.

Meet the Portland leads



LAURA polkus

Laura Polkus is a multi-faceted design leader and entrepreneur that helps lead companies through their rebranding efforts. She’s worked on large scale brand affinity projects with clients like: Google, Facebook and Chrome. She recently produced and launched her first tangible product: a tarot style deck of interview cards called the Hiring Hand in hopes of helping teams grow more authentically and becoming a real life business witch.