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.

Meet the
NYC leads

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Ariba jahan

As an immigrant Bengali woman that discovered her profound hearing loss at age eight, Ariba Jahan focuses on advocating for diverse, marginalized voices that are often overlooked, ensuring we bring humanity into tech. After a varied background including Biomechanical Engineering, and a stint in medical school, she lead operations and product management for industry-shifting startups while leading workshops for entrepreneurs in global cities.

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Stacy LA

Stacy La leads Product & Design on the Prevent Epidemics team at Vital Strategies. She was previously the Director of Design at Clover Health, where she started as the first designer and early employee. Stacy was a Design Lead at Yammer (acq. by Microsoft) and has designed for a range of startups and Fortune 500 companies including Facebook, Google, and Intuit.