When we were developing the idea of Circle In, we spoke with hundreds of women about their experiences. One particular story resonated with us—that of Kim, a mother who had just returned to work after 18 months of leave. When she left, she was loving her career and her workplace. Her colleagues were friends who gave her an incredible send-off. She could not wait for her new baby to arrive, then to return to work in 12 to 18 months.