Last June, we hosted our first-ever Third Metric conference at my apartment in New York. Based on the overwhelming response, we followed closely with similar events in New York, London, Munich and Hawaii, discussing the need to redefine success beyond money and power to include our well-being, wisdom, capacity to wonder and to give. At the same time, we are building the Third Metric into a major editorial initiative on The Huffington Post, tapping into a widespread desire among readers to redefine success and live the lives we want, not just the lives we settle for, and move beyond burnout, sleep deprivation and driving ourselves into the ground.
Now, Mika Brzezinski and I are taking the Third Metric on a three-city tour, with 2,000 to 3,000 attendees at each event. We will be in New York on April 24 and 25 at the New York City Center; in Washington, D.C., on May 1 and 2 at DAR Constitution Hall; and in L.A. on May 8 and 9 at the Dolby Theatre. Our roster of speakers includes Julianne Moore, Laurie David, Katie Couric, Mark Bertolini, Federica Marchionni, Alicia Menendez, Peter Himmelman, Daniel Menaker, Dani Shapiro, Panache Desai, Nancy Snyderman, Emilie Brzezinski, Jeff Weiner, Tory Burch and Brad Meltzer. There will be music, including the violinist Miri Ben-Ari and singer Rita Wilson, poetry from Tanya Davis, and much more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Together, we'll be opening up the conversation around all the ways our current definition of success is failing us, and putting the spotlight on the tremendous shift happening across the country -- and across the world -- as women and men seek a new definition of success that's more sustainable and more humane. That shift has become even more evident in the months since our first conference, in countless ways -- from business leaders embracing meditation to trendspotters predicting mindful living as a trend that will shape the world in 2014 and beyond. Thirty-five percent of large American corporations now offer some kind of stress-reduction program for employees. And we no longer need to speculate on the benefits of a more sustainable life; science has finally caught up to ancient wisdom, and the results are overwhelming and unambiguous. And since the problem is universal and transcends geographic boundaries, so is the solution. When global leaders gather in Davos later this month for the World Economic Forum -- where the theme will be "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business" -- Third Metric principles will be central to the discussion. The plenary session I will be moderating, for example, will be titled "Health Is Wealth," making it clear that there is no tradeoff between our well-being and the well-being of our companies and our countries.
With Third Metric Live, we want to capture this momentum. By bringing together people who work in a range of fields -- from media, health care and technology to music, fashion and poetry -- we want to share the wisdom that's out there, not only for conference attendees but for everyone reading and blogging on The Huffington Post, where the conversation will continue.
Tickets, schedule and more information are available at thirdmetriclive.com. And here is a clip of Mika, Cindi Leive and me talking about Third Metric Live on Morning Joe:
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