Who We Are
AccessCircles was founded by Carolee Friedlander, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. After the sale of her business in 2001, Carolee focused her passion and energy on women’s health and life planning issues with a vision to create AccessCircles.
Lynn Connelly, a leading marketing executive and former LPGA professional, with a passion for educating women on the importance of living a proactive life of wellness, joined Carolee as a founding partner in January of 2007.
In August of 2007, AccessCircles launched with 25 Founding Members and a preview experience, the “Aspen Women’s Health and Wellness Forum.” The Forum was a by-invitation only event, hosting 45 influential women from around the country. Leading physicians, philanthropists and wellness chefs led discussions in private homes and unique locations in Aspen.
Since launching in 2007, AccessCircles has continued to grow its membership and Circles around the world, having launched our first international Circle in South Africa. In 2014, AC2, a mentoring network for the younger generation, was launched with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
AccessCircles has consistently hosted Health and Wellness Forums in Aspen (July), Miami (January) and an annual forum focused on “Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing and Strategic Philanthropy.” Throughout the years AccessCircles has hosted over 300 transformational experiences.
In addition, AccessCircles has hosted private retreats (50-300 women) at exclusive
resorts and locations around the world for our community and our alliance partners.