We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigit Ritchie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigit, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I am a parent of two kids and I’m always learning about what are the real important things. If I had to narrow it down to one, I really feel being HUMAN is so key for my kids to see me in process and watch how I handle the ups and down, successes and failures, insecurities and confidence boosts etc. Being vulnerable with them creates real connection and helps me model how to navigate life in a complex world of working and parenting and trying to make a positive impact in the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career is unconventional to say the least! My background is in art and I have a studio practice here in LA, but I have found myself in a very rewarding (and unexpected) path of founding a company that I really believe in. There have been real challenges along the way but our team always comes back to being curious and have a learners mind – if we don’t know the answer we believe we can find a way and make it happen together. WE develops Relational Mindfulness around the world to give people the tools to have connected and diverse relationships in and out of work. We’ve designed learning curriculum to create cultures of inclusion one relationship at a time. Our company is driven by the hope that we can help folks reimagine their experience at work through meaningful relationships and we see that happening every day! It’s very energizing to help people feel more connected and we enjoy the experience of facilitating safe spaces for everyone we work with.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d go for a coffee at Maru in Los Feliz and take our warm drinks on a hike in Griffith Park! We’d then go to Bavel for a post-hike cocktail and appetizers and walk around the arts district which is my favorite part of town (assuming we’re not in quarantine so this feels like a distant dream!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout to my team at WE! These women and men always create space for me to be my whole self at work and keep things fun and energized even as we’ve dealt with the 2020 crisis:) I am inspired by their ability to be committed to my growth and leadership in these intense times.