Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles Program 2024

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What is Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles Program (LLMC)?

As a leader in our community, the Diversity and Inclusion team is calling on you to join the Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles (LLMC) program. The LLMC program is an initiative grounded in the 2020/2021 Deputy Minister Commitments on Diversity and Inclusion and strives to build on the Clerk’s Call to Action to better support leadership development towards addressing anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in the federal public service. Through this lens, the LLMC program provides you with an innovative space and opportunity to actively partake in making your workplace inclusive.

This ten-week program, consisting of five Circle sessions and five optional Masterclasses, provides a platform for members to network with colleagues and leadership across the federal public service while developing interpersonal skills, learning about key leadership and cultural competencies, and finding career building opportunities.

Cohort 4 - Application

Are you interested in joining a growing network of enthusiastic learners, visionary leaders, and engaged listeners? Are you looking for an experience that will equip you with the skills to take meaningful action for diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Click here to apply for LLMC in 2024!

The application deadline is: Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Welcome Everyone!

The Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles Program is open to all members of the Federal Public Service and we welcome you to apply to participate in the 4th cohort of the LLMC program. This ten-week program, consisting of five required Circle sessions and five optional Masterclasses, is an opportunity to network and learn more about what you, as an individual, can do to move the federal public service towards a more inclusive and diverse environment.

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You are encouraged to promote this program and the resource guides within your organization. Within this page, you will find a promotional kit that you and your team can use to share information with your team and help start or continue the conversation about equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion.


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Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles Program | Apply Now for Cohort 4 - Deadline June 30, 2024

Did you know the Government of Canada/Defence Team has a group mentoring program that focuses on belonging, meaningful connections and inclusive leadership development?

The 2023 cohort had 779 members from 59+ departments.

You can read more about why I participated in LLMC here:

Here is what we’ve learned so far:

  • We must open the doors wide for people to have these opportunities to connect, elevate and inspire.
  • We must create a clear pathway to the door and remove barriers to people's success.
  • No more empty gestures. Real change.
  • If you are not changing it you are choosing it.

The door is open for you - apply now to the Lifting as you Lead Mentoring Circles program. Application closes on June 30.

Learn more about the program here:

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Program Overview

Please visit the LLMC Cohort 4 Program Overview page for all relevant content to Cohort 4!


Explore the LLMC schedule and discover if the program resonates with you. Circle sessions are 75 minutes.

2024 Schedule
September 4 - 6 Information Sessions
September 10 - 11 Pre-Circle Meets
September 17 LLMC Launch Event
September 23 Masterclass #1
September 26 LLMC Lounge
October 1 - 2 Circle #1
October 4 LLMC Lounge
October 7 Masterclass #2
October 10 LLMC Lounge
October 15 - 16 Circle #2
October 18 LLMC Lounge
October 21 Masterclass #3
October 24 LLMC Lounge
October 29 - 30 Circle #3
November 1 LLMC Lounge
November 4 Masterclass #4
November 7 LLMC Lounge
November 12 - 13 Circle #4
November 15 LLMC Lounge
November 18 Masterclass #5
November 21 LLMC Lounge
November 26 - 27 Circle #5
November 29 LLMC Lounge
December 5 LLMC Celebration Event


Find my Circle

The link below is to a full directory of LLMC participants, grouped by Circle. This document is password protected and is searchable by typing Control+F on your keyboard. You have received an email with the password and instructions on accessing the LLMC program network. Please do not share the password.

Find my Circle

Networking Best Practices

Discussion Guides

Meet Your Circle Members

Circle #1

Circle #2

Circle #3

Circle #4

Circle #5

Learning Library

Add to your toolkit by exploring the LLMC Learning Library


Topic Masterclass Teacher
September 23, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

October 7, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

October 21, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

November 4, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

November 18, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

Information Session

Be the Change in the Federal Public Service

We understand that your busy life is already filled with numerous commitments, but we encourage you to spare a few moments and allow us to present a case for you to participate in the 4th cohort of the LLMC program.

The Time to Act is Now!

By actively engaging with your Circle members, sharing your story, knowledge, and questions, and fostering connections within the broader LLMC network, you will unlock opportunities for personal and professional growth. The knowledge you acquire through these interactions will empower you to advance in your career.

LLMC is a call to action for you to become a change-maker through sharing what you learned with those in your organisation and by integrating it into your daily actions. By applying for this program, you are committing to use what you learn to create a psychologically safer workplace for everyone, especially those from deserving equity groups.

Applying to this program means you are committing to actively participate in all five circle sessions. Masterclasses are optional but we encourage you to attend as they will provide you with tangible hands-on learning related to each week's topic.

The LLMC Program was created with inspiration from the Lean In Circle program created by Sheryl Sandberg. Our program was created to make a difference in the Federal Public Service and relies on the Circle format to help members pursue both personal and professional growth.

There's Power in People Coming Together

The Circle format provides a small trustworthy group to help you reach your goals in a safe and brave space. A Circle is a supportive group that can help members learn from each other’s experiences and benefit from other ways of thinking. By applying to the program, you are making a commitment to learning. Through this commitment, you will expand your knowledge and tactical skills.

The LLMC program will provide a unique opportunity to connect with others who are looking to sponsor or be sponsored. Sponsorship is an important tool in the federal public service, especially for those identifying as part of a deserving equity group. Sponsorship is a proactive and intentional relationship where a person in a position of power or influence advocates for and actively supports individuals from deserving equity groups, thereby helping them advance their careers and overcome systemic barriers.

The LLMC program was created and is organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Materiel Group, National Defence.


We are looking for any federal public servants who have support from their supervisor to participate in the program.

Everyone means everyone. Take the 3-3-3 challenge and recruit from the EX-community, management and members from coast to coast. Let’s surround ourselves with people who will lift you higher. We look forward to welcoming you to the program. Let’s work together to foster a greater sense of community and belonging within the public service.

Official Languages

There is no official language requirement to participate in the program. The program’s learning components will be provided in both official languages.

Circle Leader Training


Connect | Elevate | Inspire



Other LLMC Cohorts


2021 Testimonials




We welcome your feedback

Do you have questions about LLMC? Reach out anytime to ask a question or just send us your suggestions to [Team, Materiel Group, L1 Diversity and Inclusion Office]