Tartan Circles is a program ruled jointly by Carnegie Mellon University and Circled CMU.

Small but mighty Networking

Tartan Circles are small, hand selected groups of like-minded CMU alumni who come together online to build their professional network. Circles are your place to go with questions and challenges when you’re exploring how to get your next role, start your own company or be a better leader, while sharing your experience and ideas with others. Circles offer you the chance to gain and give unbiased, candid advice and insights.

Benefits of joining a Tartan Circle include:

  • Dedicated Circles for particular area of interest
  • Weekly peer-moderated video calls
  • Dedicated meetings focused on each Circle member
  • Participate from anywhere on any device with Zoom

Spring 2021 Tartan Circles


This Spring we are partnering with Circled CMU to host and engage circle members throughout the Spring, including professional development events and networking opportunities. Registration will close on February 7 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). A limited number of alumni will be selected to participate. All applicants will be notified of their status no later than February 12. 

Spring Circles will start the week of February 22 and run a minimum of nine weeks.

Leadership Circles

  • Leading without Authority
  • Effective Communication
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Building Inclusive Culture

Founders Circles

  • Intrapreneurship
  • From Pitching to Raining Funding
  • Growth Strategies
  • Developing and Pivoting Business Model

Management Circles

  • Management for New Managers
  • Non-Technical Management for New Managers
  • Managing Virtual/Remote Teams
  • Growth in an Organization
  • Resources Management during COVID

Finding Dream Job Circles

  • Choosing the Career Path
  • Switching Roles
  • Writing Resumes

Product Circles

  • Building Products
  • Leading without Authority
  • Building Teams
  • Selling Ideas Internally
  • Building Consensus


By participating in the program, you will

  • Expand your professional network
  • Build meaningful relationships with fellow CMU alumni
  • Gain solutions and ideas from brainstorming sessions
  • Tap into the experience and skills of others
  • Increase confidence about taking the right actions to achieve goals

Who should participate?

CMU alumni like you who wish to

  • Discuss challenges and shape ideas
  • Share experiences with others
  • Expand their professional network
  • Reach or exceed professional goals
  • Commit to group meetings