We partner with organizations to advance compassionate leadership. Compassionate Leaders Circle is creating an authentically connected community dedicated to amplifying compassion, clarifying purpose, transforming lives and making a positive impact on the planet.

Our proven programs accelerate purposeful career change, facilitate compassionate leadership mastery and provide an effective approach to heart-centered professional coaching conversations.

We customize our programs so organizations can dig deeper into purpose and unleash the potential of their people. We provide online, in-person and blended options for transformation.

Schedule a compassionate consult today to explore options for your organization.

Education and Research

Since 1990, we have been developing and delivering career and leadership development programs in partnership with educational institutions. In 2019 we have provided programs to students, alumni and staff at Cornell, the University Denver, the University of Pennsylvania and UC, Davis.

Our primary research hypotheses for our partnerships are based on existing trends and studies:

  • Everyone is a leader
  • Compassion fuels positive change
  • Purpose-driven leaders and organizations outperform others
  • Learning and performance are maximized when you integrate curriculum, coaching and contemplative practices
  • The Donnellan Methods accelerate growth and change

Here are some highlights of recent research related to compassion:

  • Companies with purpose & corporate social responsibility outperform S&P 500 peers by 8X *
  • 88% of millennials look for employers with corporate social responsibility values *
  • 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 **
  • 91% of leaders surveyed say compassion is very important for leadership and 80% say they want to enhance their compassion but don’t know how ***
  • While empathy can lead to fatigue, compassion can increase our resilience and improve our approach to stressful situations****
* Deloitte: The Rise of Social Enterprise, 2018
** Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations by Monica C. Worline and Jane E. Dutton, 2017
*** Harvard Business Review: Power Can Corrupt Leaders, Compassion Can Save Them, February, 2018
****Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley, 2019


  • We provide Scholarship Slots on all our group programs – 10% of enrollment is reserved for scholarships
  • We participate in community impact programs including contributing to:
    • Slow Food Shinnecock (Local Project)
    • Global Girls Alliance, Obama Foundation (Global Project)


Find books by our founder, Laurel Donnellan at Amazon, our team’s posts about Compassionate Leadership at and hear an NPR feature on one of our community projects here:

Schedule a compassionate consult today to explore options for your organization.