washington dc

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.

The Leadership Circles transformed my idea of effective leadership, from individual accomplishment, to a practices of learning, listening, and growing with others. And I learned practical methods for getting on that path.
— Deborah Sherwin, Director of Design at WaterSmart Software




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
D.C. leads

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Katie Mentus is a design leader with experience in branding, design, and building technology. She currently holds the role of Director of Product Design at Addepar, the leading provider of technology for the wealth management industry.

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Hawa Amani

Hawa Amani is a User Experience Design Lead and Strategist with over a decade of experience in all phases of design - from brainstorming to creating. Her approach to design includes a healthy balance of data, research and testing to create thoughtful and compelling experiences for users.