Policy Circle CO

Inform. Inspire. Build Civic Leaders.

aka The Policy Circle   |   Wilmette, IL   |  http://www.thepolicycircle.org

Mission

The Policy Circle provides pathways for women to become courageous, knowledgeable and active citizens who identify and take ownership of local solutions to the issues facing their communities.

Ruling year info

2015

President & Chairman of the Board

Sylvie Légère

Main address

1189 Wilmette Ave #210

Wilmette, IL 60091 USA

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EIN

47-2843650

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the United States, women make up approximately 51% of the voters, yet women only make up: 7.4% of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, 25% of the Senate, 23.2% of the U.S. House of Representatives, 29.3% of State Legislators, 28.9% of Statewide executives, 22% of Mayors. Studies show that a lack of confidence is a key barrier to women speaking up or taking action. The Policy Circle is on a mission to solve this. We're committed to investing in women's civic leadership and increasing women's participation on a local, state and federal level. We focus on meeting women where they live and work, providing a forum for them to connect with others in their communities. The Policy Circle empowers women to speak up about the limited role that government should have, and the value of personal responsibility in a free society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Circle Leadership Series

Building confidence in women is the core activity of The Policy Circle, gathering women who wish to be more engaged in the issues and public policies affecting their values, families and communities. The Policy Circle provides full-time staff who are focused on equipping Leaders with the resources that will help each of them to lead and engage.

To equip our members with resources to go beyond the headlines and make informed decisions on the issues and policy proposals that impact us all, our Leadership Series provides opportunities to explore:
- How to Engage with Elected Officials
- How to Interact with the Media
- How to have Impossible Conversations
- Lessons on Leaving the World a Better Place than You Found It
- Leading in Crisis
- The Essential Skills of Leadership
- Empowering a Team or a Movement
- Discovering Your Personal Vision
- Building your Brand and Your Network
- Strategic Lessons Leaders Ask
- Joining a Board
- Building Your Life's Strategic Plan

Population(s) Served
Women

The Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap (CLER) is a proprietary, experiential leadership program that takes participants from having general civic knowledge to becoming civic leaders.

We work with emerging leaders to grow their impact through civic engagement. This innovative, action-oriented curriculum was designed to educate, prepare and build the next generation of public leaders. The curriculum facilitates an understanding of the American founding and the principles that live on today and features one-on-one coaching, mastermind peer groups, networking opportunities and specific activities designed to build local connections with policy leaders and decision-makers.

CLER graduates gain valuable insights and perspectives through active and strategic participation in their community. Graduates represent a diverse range of business experience, backgrounds and community involvement. Graduates will:
- Build the confidence to engage with leaders in your community and drive action
- Overcome personal barriers by stepping into the unknown spaces in the civic square.
- Identify personal areas of growth and develop leadership capacity through world-class training
- Connect with other women leaders and special guests from across the country
- Build on their civic knowledge base, with a demonstrated awareness of the policies and issues that impact individuals and communities
- Engage in complex conversations and learn how to navigate diverse perspectives
- Gain focus on personal values and passions to take action

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women
Girls

Move the Needle Virtual Experiences are monthly, 45 minute virtual events that are available to anyone who registers. These thoughtful programs explore a wide range of timely topics and highlight the impact of public policy on individuals, families, businesses, and the broader community. Most importantly, Move the Needle Programs are rooted in a Policy Circle Brief and each event sparks a series of local Circle meetings, virtual Circles and individual conversations. These programs are catalytic and have a ripple affect - boosting civil discourse and civic engagement.

Population(s) Served
Women
Girls
Women
Girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Policy Circle Briefs are developed using a structured methodology to provide substantive yet approachable 360 view of issues that impact people and businesses' ability to innovate and grow.

Number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our programs provide reliable information, build leadership and critical thinking skills, which are imperative for women to lead in their communities.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our virtual, live and grassroots initiatives frame the issues, provide historical context, explore avenues for reform and encourage local engagement.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we hosted 40 programs and events with 60 thought leaders and policymakers.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in 2015, The Policy Circle is committed to providing pathways for women to become courageous, knowledgeable and active citizens who identify and take ownership of local solutions to the issues facing their communities. The Policy Circle is a starting point for people who feel on the sidelines or boxed in and want to have an impact. Our initiatives are built around original, thoughtfully curated Policy Circle Briefs that provide a substantive yet approachable 360 view of issues that impact people and businesses' ability to innovate, grow and be self-reliant. Our growing and thriving community is a diverse group of aspiring leaders who regularly go beyond the headlines to transform conversations and their communities by advancing policies that provide greater opportunity and better lives for all - especially the most vulnerable.

The Policy Circle focuses on three distinct pathways to build women into courageous and engaged leaders:

1. Recruiting Women to Lead. The Policy Circle is a starting point for women to engage in dialogue on the impact of public policy on human prosperity in an open economy. Our strategic, grassroots model gives a forum for women to lead in their communities by building confidence to voice their informed opinions on policy issues through leading Policy Circle discussions centered around thoughtfully curated Policy Circle Briefs.
2. Live and Virtual Programming. Through in-person and virtual events, members connect and build relationships with each other, thought leaders and strategic partners who help go beyond the headlines and advance our shared principles.
3. World-Class Civic Leadership Training. We work with emerging leaders to grow their impact through civic engagement. This innovative, action-oriented curriculum was designed to educate, prepare and build the next generation of public leaders.

By focusing on these three areas, The Policy Circle is able to make a meaningful impact on women's leadership and representation on a local, state and federal level across the country.

Over the last six years, The Policy Circle has achieved great growth using a sustainable model through efficient operations to:

- Provide governance of the hundreds of circles across the country, The Policy Circle national board oversees the management of the organization and sets the strategy for the future.
- Fund the infrastructure of The Policy Circle, fundraising, stewardship and grant writing activities are needed to continue the growth of the organization.
- Leverage our network of thought leaders and aspiring leaders to bring The Policy Circle community together to create meaningful change.

The Policy Circle is operated by a lean, efficient team utilizing cloud technologies and remote associates to reduce costs. Good governance policies and procedures are enforced, such as accounting audits and internal financial controls, along with proper legal services and insurance coverage. Importantly, The Policy Circle communicates regularly with its donors and supporters to keep them informed on the progress and outcomes of The Policy Circle.

In six years, our membership has grown to more 3,500 women in 340 circles in 42 states and four countries.

The Policy Circle offers regional events, engagement opportunities, and circle leader training in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington and the District of Columbia. A pivot in 2020 has lead The Policy Circle to host monthly virtual experiences featuring topics such as Healthcare, socialism, economic growth, financial literacy, human trafficking and rebuilding trust in America.

The Policy Circle hosted its fourth Policy Circle Leadership Summit in Chicago on November 15, 2019 bringing together over 350 Policy Circle leaders, members and supporters with outstanding speakers and panelists -- to explore the theme of Living and Leading in a Connected World. Outstanding speakers include Admiral Mike Rogers, former director of the NSA, Seema Verma, Administrator for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Promise Fund, and Denise Morrison, former CEO of Campbell Soup. Afternoon panels will explore Strategic Questions Leader Ask, Facilitating Complex Discussions and Expanding Influence, Interacting with your Representatives, Building Your Brand and Your Network and Establishing Yourself as a Civic Leader. The Summit was a mix of networking opportunities combined with plenary sessions and how-to workshops. Following The Policy Circle Annual Summit, attendees will return to their communities energized and ready to share their experience with their friends and neighbors. The Annual Summit inspired members to become more vocal proponents for freedom and free enterprise policies. The next Policy Circle Summit will be in the fall of 2021 to explore Power and Water.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Policy Circle CO

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sylvie Légère

The Policy Circle

Term: 2015 -

Kathy Hubbard

Angela Braly

Laura Cox Kaplan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.