Let the Madness Begin

For some avid sports fans, March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year. The single-elimination tournament between 68 college teams yields unlikely heroes, unimaginable upsets and unparalleled joy to the players, teams and fans alike.

But it’s not the game-winning buzzer shots or the success of our brackets that we look forward to this year. It’s the passion and soul that’s poured into these games that really warms our hearts. It’s the unique bond we form with coworkers competing in the office pool. It’s the sense of camaraderie we experience rooting for our alma mater. And it’s the admiration we have for the college athletes who dedicate everything they’ve got for the love of the game.

Our Together team can’t wait to watch UConn’s women’s basketball team in this year’s tournament. The Huskies have won 107 consecutive games and will be seeking their fifth consecutive, and 12th overall, NCAA title this year. These girls are on fire.

Here’s What We’re Talking About This Week

Peaceful and Powerful. Here are a few things on our mind this week.

Yesterday we joined together in honor of International Women’s Day to act towards a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Why did we strike? Because we believe in gender justice, in racial justice, and in economic justice. Caregiving and unpaid work is largely devalued by our economic structure and we’re taking action to change that. Did you participate in #ADayWithoutAWoman? Share your reasons why by emailing us at togetherliveteam@gmail.com.

Here are a few other things we’ve been chatting about this week:

  • Music offers a way to publicly share what is often so personal. We’re so inspired by all of the talented musicians who entered the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. Check out the entries here—your ears will thank us.
  • Vogue is celebrating the extraordinary diversity of style, enterprise and values that define American women today with these breathtaking photographs of leading ladies from coast to coast.
  • We’ve been taking action every 10 days. Get notified how and when to join us by signing up here.

#ADayWithoutAWoman

This year, celebrations of today’s holiday, International Women’s Day, feel different than in year’s past. While this day means something different to everyone, today we’re aligning as one.

 

Women all around the world are celebrating in a number of different ways. From free entry at museums and cultural sites across Europe to strikes and protests in the United States,  we’re coming together to #BeBoldForChange.

 

Are you wearing red in support of revolutionary love and sacrifice? Or demonstrating your commitment to resistance by not engaging in paid or unpaid labor? Perhaps you’re simply reflecting on the women in your life you rely on and how you can offer them support. We’d love to hear how your observing – and what it means to you. Email us at togetherliveteam@gmail.com to share your story.

 

To whatever inspiration is igniting you to take part in today’s celebration, we applaud you, we thank you and we have your back. From the words of one of our favorite poets, Rupi Kaur, “We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.”

Jennifer Rudolph Walsh on Telling Yourself a New Story

The head of WME’s Worldwide Literary, Lectures, and Conference Divisions on the importance of finding self compassion.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh: Even before I get out of bed, I sit up and meditate for at least 10 minutes. From there, downstairs to make coffee.

TG: What gives you energy?
JRW: Brainstorming and co-creating, deep conversation, laughing.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
JRW: No incoming in the early morning — I read, I dream up ideas, I write letters, I exercise, all proactive. I don’t become reactive until 10 am.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
JRW: Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you? JRW: Are you kidding me?! No way!! Arianna would have me excommunicated! My phone sleeps in its bed and I sleep in mine.

TG: How do you deal with email?
JRW: Immediately if possible. I communicate even if to say I don’t have an answer yet. I find silence to create more misunderstandings than an update with little or no change.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?JRW: Call my mom or sister.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
JRW: Three years ago because I was working full on but not making the impact I envisioned. I had to get still and listen to the sound of my breathing, I had to recognize a story I was telling myself that no longer was true or served me, I had to tell a new story. And that required patience that I had to learn.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
JRW: See the above! Through the process of meditating, rewriting my narrative, and finding self compassion, I was able to find a new way forward for my dream of bringing people together through storytelling and finding purpose.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
JRW: In the words of St Julian of Norwich, the great 14th century mystic, “All shall be well, and all shall be well. All manner of things shall be well.” Those words have found me at my most scared like a search and rescue team on the top of a mountain. They remind me what my deep knowing already knows — that it’s all unfolding perfectly in divine time.

Jennifer Rudolph Walsh serves as the head of WME’s Worldwide Literary, Lectures, and Conference Divisions. She spearheaded the launch of WME Live, most recently launching Together (www.togetherlive.com), a nationwide tour focused on purpose, community and action.