A LifeWork Community Initiative Conversations, Connections, Change
Imagine a sanctuary in the midst of the digital world: a welcoming online space that exists solely for the purpose of exploring meaningful conversation, where you can come to connect deeply with others who share your passions and concerns and where you are invited to exchange and celebrate personal insights, wisdom, and stories.
LifeWork Conversations, our new online community (in the works), will be that sanctuary. It will provide a platform for the LifeWork team to meet more of you and introduce you to each other, where we can all benefit from engaging with people we might not otherwise encounter.
Togetherness. Support. Learning. Celebration. Connection. These are all vital elements for a healthy and thriving community. When we experience a true sense of belonging, we can more easily take off our armor and shed our conditional responses. When we feel connected, we naturally embrace our passions and gifts, becoming our most authentic selves. When we feel supported, we can more easily put into action our unique ways of serving the world.
We envision LifeWork Conversations as a haven for diving into what matters most and creating the changes we want to see in the world — starting with ourselves.
Why community is important to us
LifeWork itself is an invitation from clothing designer and entrepreneur Eileen Fisher. When Eileen first started what would become EILEEN FISHER Inc, she had no idea what she was entering into. She had four patterns for comfortable clothes she wanted to wear but was inexperienced when it came to business, manufacturing, and sales — she couldn’t even sew. A natural collaborator, she reached out to others. She asked a lot of questions and listened, listened, listened. She formed a community of people around her and out of that collaboration came the company we know as EILEEN FISHER Inc.
EILEEN FISHER Inc. is now the largest women’s fashion organization to be certified a B Corporation, having met high criteria for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Eileen and the company continue to prioritize sustainability, empower women and girls, and challenge “business as usual,” valuing more feminine ways of working, including an emphasis on collaboration, authenticity, and personal well-being.
Also a lifelong learner and seeker, Eileen has asked herself a lot of questions along the way. She credits meditation, personal-growth work, and embodiment practices with giving her the clarity and courage, as well as energy, to rise to the demands of her life and work.
LifeWork emerged from Eileen’s desire to share some of these tools and to bring others together to learn from each other. From that vision, LifeWork is evolving into a nexus for new and meaningful conversations, teachings, and practices for navigating life and work in more holistic ways — ways that are especially relevant for women as we step up and take our place the world.
Expanding what’s possible
LifeWork is focused on the fundamental work of living and working well, from the personal to the communal. For the last three years, we’ve hosted expert teachers to offer workshops and engage in livestream conversations, we’ve talked with people at conferences, in classes, and around our communities — and we’ve taken notes.
Here are some of the things we’ve discovered:
- Learning is good for you.
It is an ongoing engagement with curiosity and a desire for growth and change.
- It is important to listen to our bodies, to move them and enjoy them.
Our bodies are our single best source of intelligence and often hold the key to what we want to know.
- Things like meditation and yoga really do work.
A regular mind-body practice is enormously helpful for creating health and vitality as well as navigating life’s ups and downs.
- A sense of individual purpose matters.
When we engage with our purpose — or even inquire into what our purpose might be — it instills everything we do with a sense of meaning.
- Connection is key.
It is through relationship — with our own selves and with each other — that we thrive and create new possibilities individually, together, and in the world.
We are looking for people who see what we’re seeing and want to jump in and help us create it. Let’s talk and share and swap and weigh in. Let’s ask questions, get engaged in creative options, and bring out the best in each other.
We want to know what works for you and to dive deeper into these topics together. How do you understand your purpose in the world? What are you curious about when it comes to the complex topic of work? What challenges are you facing as you rise to the occasion of your life?
We’ll also share LifeWork resources, like some of our #TinyPractices — simple tools from our faculty for recharging the whole mind-body system (let’s face it, life can get difficult at times).
At present, our tech, editorial, and curriculum teams are working hard to bring these conversation circles to life.
Let’s make change happen. Together.
—The LifeWork Team