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Culture Lab

Create a place where everyone wants to contribute and no one wants to leave.

With our roadmap approach, your team can go all-in on building the best place in the world to work. With this proven and simple 5-part process, top talent will come knocking on your door. Your people will want to be their best because they love what they do AND who they do it with.


In less than a single workday, we will equip your leadership team to immediately drive elevated levels of purpose and productivity.

Go through our roadmap in a one-day in-person retreat OR online in 90-minute sessions once a week for five weeks.

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Client Testimonial

Working with Compassionate Leaders Circle, we have seen a dramatic improvement in how our leaders engage with their people to build trust and enrich lives.

With thanks to CLC, Mohawk Global being voted one of the top 100 best medium places to work in the U.S. in 2023 according to Great Places to Work and Fortune Magazine. (Out of over 200,000 companies considered.)

Gar Grannell, CEO Mohawk Global

Culture Lab Road Map:

Change with Compassion


Understand the ROI of
leading with love.


Revisit your organization's vision, purpose, and values through the lens of compassion.


Improve your approach to talent acquisition and development through authenticity.


Create excellence through the power of purpose and compassionate, continuous improvement.


Celebrate your new skills and create a more remarkable workplace where everyone wants to contribute and no one wants to leave.

A Team Like You've Never Experienced

Book a free consultation call with our Chief Compassion Officer Meryl Eriksen to learn more about what Culture Lab could look like for your organization.

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Culture Lab:

Architecture & Roadmapping

Become a more
compassionate and effective executive

Understand your role in creating a resilient and healthy culture as a foundation for implementing effective strategies

Leave with practical tools
for leading compassionate
culture change initiatives in your organization

Culture Lab FAQ


How long will Culture Lab take?  

One to three months for Culture Lab company champions(s) and ad hoc meetings as needed.

What kind of time investment will my team need to make?

We have options for five online 90 minute sessions over five weeks, OR a one-day live retreat (with 6-12 executives per facilitator).

The 3 Phases of Culture Lab


Phase 1: Customization

  • Create customized outcomes with Culture Lab company champion(s)
  • Create co-branded customized pre and post-assessments, guides, and resources for the lab
  • This includes using an LMS system for the online version to share session videos and creating premium learning kits for the in-person retreats


Phase 2: Culture Lab

  • An expert CLC facilitator delivers an online or live interactive five-part program covering the Change with Compassion Roadmap
  • Conduct a guided audit of the company culture and determine how to make changes that will allow the executives and stakeholders to create
    change and create a remarkable workplace
  • Create personal and cohort commitment plans to translate learning into
    cultural alignment and improved productivity


Phase 3: Change

  • Present Culture Lab analysis and clear recommendations for the next steps
    to Culture Lab company champion(s)
  • Create a system for commitment plan accountability with the Culture Lab
    company champion(s)
  • Support the participants by providing them with ongoing learning resources
    related to compassionate leadership and culture change through CLC
    community membership and direct contact with their facilitator

Want more information?

Book a free consultation call¬†with our Chief Compassion Officer Meryl Eriksen or email her at [email protected]

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Meet Our Founder and CEO, Laurel Donnellan


Laurel's mission is to help individuals and companies create remarkable work. She is a compassionate leadership expert with experience coaching/consulting with individuals and organizations including the University of Denver, Cornell University, Toyota, Disney, Viacom, Canyon Ranch, and the New York City Board of Education.

She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s College of Business and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She is a former VP of Human Resources of an global hospitality company.

Laurel is a certified organizational and leadership coach and has been trained by Stephen Covey, Julia Cameron, Ken Blanchard, and other world-class leaders. She is a certified yoga teacher and studied dream therapy and sacred ceremonies of indigenous cultures related to personal development and rites of passage.

Over 25 years ago, she launched her own business and has developed transformational programs that build careers and organizations from the inside out. Laurel currently hosts the Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast and writes about inspiring leaders for

Meet Our Chief Compassion Officer, Meryl Eriksen


A native of Skaneateles, New York, Meryl Eriksen graduated from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and was the first graduate of its collaboration degree program with the Culinary Institute of America. Meryl began her career in Napa Valley with Hillstone Restaurant Group, then moved to Los Angeles where she opened two restaurants in Manhattan Beach.

In 2010, Meryl returned to the Finger Lakes region and began working for the Inns of Aurora, an entrepreneurial and inspiring company with nurturing and supportive leadership. For the last seven years, her career was focused on people; recruiting, hiring, training, developing, coaching, promoting, retaining, leading, and collaborating. She is strategic with extensive experience in directly managing leadership team members, prioritizing people, building strong relationships, and establishing an environment of collaboration and learning.

Meryl is focused on cultivating a high-performance collaborative culture, organization-wide strategic planning, and organizational development by building effective departments with strong and engaged leaders. Meryl joined Compassionate Leaders Circle to support people first, cutting to the core, innovating, testing, and teaching. She continues to help leaders and individuals to reach their full potential.