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About Us

Our Vision

We see a world where leading with love is the path to positive change, peace, and prosperity for all.


Our Purpose

We celebrate and guide leaders who build compassionate workplaces and individuals who seek meaningful work.


Our Work

We create media content and learning labs that inspire personal epiphanies and positive change.


Laurel Donnellan, Founder & CEO

I was raised to believe anyone could find a calling and companies could provide a healthy work environment where people could change the world and reach their potential. 

This simple idea still drives me and my team at Compassionate Leaders Circle. After being a manager, executive, and change consultant, I launched my own company over 20 years ago where I have developed transformational programs that build careers and organizations from the inside out. 

We guide professionals to remarkable work and company leaders to create a more compassionate culture.

Why Compassion?

Companies with purpose and corporate social responsibility outperform S&P 500 peers
by 8 times.

88% of millennials look for employers with corporate social responsibility values.

- The Rise of Social Enterprise, Deloitte 2018

Compassion positively impacts productivity, employee and customer retention, profitability, and financial performance.

Compassion supports strategic advantage in innovation, service quality, collaboration, retaining talented people, employee and customer engagement, and adaptability to change.

- Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations by Monica C. Worline and Jane E. Dutton, 2017

Our Values

Meet Our Team

Laurel Donnellan

Founder and CEO

Meryl Eriksen

Chief Compassion Officer

Storm Nylen

Chief Operations Officer

Darryl Brown

Podcast Partner/Faculty

Judy Brennan

PR and Media Training Partner

Shamis Pitts

Strategic Partner 

Dan Guerra


Karlin Sloan


Scott Shute


Alison Kreider

Chief Teen Advocate

Kelly Dwyer


Anthea Rowe


Derek Hansen


Elizabeth Moran


Mark Anthony Lord


Karen Radtke


Caroline Lee


Jaye Smith


Ulli Bonnekamp 


Finn Arffman 

Media and Metrics Manager

Maddie Vonk

Content Manager

Kianna Hawkins

Creative Consultant

Tracy Goodsel

Kindness Consultant

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Why Compassionate Leaders Circle?

Our proven programs are: 


Approaches career and culture with thought leadership, innovative learning techniques, and fun


Addresses personal and professional challenges and goals


Blends evidence-based curriculum, coaching, and contemplative practices


Supports professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, and companies of all sizes and stages


Accommodates clients' technology and communication preferences, learning styles, and more

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