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Unplug + Ask + Listen
 

 

“X Factory is that space where we can drop the masks and take up the questions with courage. When we do that in good company, everyone can witness their own lives and stories with more compassion and love. And we get the reconnection we’re all craving. We start to mind the wisdom gap.”

 

"I witnessed a kind of generosity of spirit that I haven’t experienced in a long time.”

X Factory isn't an event.
It's a place to park your soul."

X Factory is an intergenerational circle of women exploring their truth, wisdom, and humanity. Our themed monthly events feature 3 short stories, small group sharing, and the kind of laid-back, radical rapport you create in conversation with smart, passionate women.

Founded in 2016 by Deb Walsh, X Factory has become a space for women of all ages to find reconnection and support in the company of passionate and like-minded people.
X Factory is fueled by curiosity, driven by beautiful questions, and stoked by  stories.

 

JOIN OUR NEXT UPCOMING THEMES

AWAY

What does it mean to escape? To travel away from the ordinary? Explore parts unknown? What do we find in new places far away from home? What does away teach you about coming home?


Unplug, ask, and listen.

3 real-life stories. Circles of wisdom. Good company.

Friday, April 5, 2019
6:30 pm
Arous Studio
575 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818

(Free Parking in CVS Plaza)

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XXX

Sex. Love. Desire. Passion.


Unplug, ask, and listen.

3 real-life stories. Circles of wisdom. Good company.

Shhhhh.
Date/Venue TBD

EDGES

Where is your wild and cutting edge? How have you explored the boundaries and frontiers that have arisen before you? What have you learned from falling off an edge? How is an edge the start of adventure?

Unplug, ask, and listen.

Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:30 pm
East Greenwich, RI
Arous Studio
575 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818

(Free Parking in CVS Plaza)

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"Thank you for giving us a safe place to be curious and expressive and open."


"I saw how stepping through fear always leads to amazing new beginnings. Be brave. Be fierce."

The X Factory Backstory

Back in 2016, Deb saw a void.

People everywhere were plugged in 24/7, but desperately alone.
Looking for conversations that went deeper, but speed-scrolling over the surface of what mattered. Everyone was talking but nobody felt heard. 

 X Factory was created with one simple mission: invite people to pause - together - in real life. 
To stop, ask, and listen. 

Since our first circle of 50 women met in the Fall of 2016 (our first conversation theme was "Chance"), hundreds of women from all walks of life have connected at X Factory, emerging more hopeful, engaged, encouraged, and supported. 

We hope you'll join us, and help inspire growth, action, change, and positivity in yourself, one another, and the world. 

I recently had the pleasure of being in conversation with Linda Pritcher, host of "Wise Women Speak", a podcast where women share how they used wisdom and inner guidance to recognize and navigate a life of meaning, and to discover and speak with their own authentic voice. Our conversation dove into the whys of X Factory:

• how digital life has given us a knowledge culture but created a “wisdom gap”

• why women of all ages are more empowered than ever, and seeking out spaces of real understanding and agency;

• the why of X Factory, and how receiving a story about real life in real time changes your relationship to your own story

• how questions - not answers - are your best wingwomen, x factor and leadership value

Take a listen, and use the time codes below to skip ahead to highlights.

6:00 My journey back to a creative identity

8:35 How we close off parts of our identity when the world says it's not safe

9:05 It's harder to be who you're not

11:40 The "wisdom gap" and how knowledge culture isn't the same as discovering your wisdom

12:30 Our hunger for spaces to discover wisdom - on belonging and acceptance

15:10 How our globally interconnected world still leaves us craving spaces for conversations that go deeper

16:00 Creating X Factory's structure

19:00 Why receiving a story changes your relationship to your own story. 

20:00 Bringing back the sacred practice of women's circles and intergenerational wisdom-sharing 

22:00 Everyone has a story to tell when they feel permission to explore every aspect of their knowing

24:44 How questions are story curators

25:20 What are the magical effects of having a great Q as your wingman? 

30:30 When I didn't take my own advice and get help 

30:50 The title of my future memoir

 
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Deb Walsh
Founder & Creative Director, X Factory


 

How To Join

 

There are a few ways to experience the joy and connection of X Factory. 

One: Grab a ticket to an upcoming conversation circle. Every theme gives you the chance to listen, learn, and connect more deeply.

Two: Save by buying a 3- or 6-series package. Tickets are transferrable if you can't make a date.

Three: Host an X Factory for your team, company, or in your city.


Explore Our Upcoming Conversation Themes and Find Purchase Options Below

 

"Beautiful camaraderie
and safe sisterhood."

"Now I'm not scared to take a chance because the stories I heard gave me hope."


 

 Conversation Themes 

 

BE

Who are you without all the DOing? How can we find and honor our own rhythm? Be more fearless? Cultivate belonging, becoming, and well-BEing?

Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:30 pm

Pilates West Bay
5 Division St.
East Greenwich, RI 02818

 

CREATE

How can you commit to creative curiosity? Where have you followed a creative calling? What are you trying to create in this world? And where do you need help?

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:30 pm

 Sundance Massage and Wellness
410 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI 02818

 

ACT

When have you been compelled to act bigger, braver, bolder? How has a personal change or crisis been a catalyst to action? What does a life of action mean to you?

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 pm

Sundance Massage & Wellness
410 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI 02818

 

 

MAVERICK

Catalysts. Re-visionaries. Free-spirits. Who or what has catalyzed you to think outside the box? Break some rules? Change the game? What does it mean to be a rebel?


Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:30 pm
Sundance Massage and Wellness
410 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Our holiday gift: Pay-what-you-want/BYOB
Please
RSVP here to save your seat

 

EDGES

Where is your wild and cutting edge? How have you explored the boundaries and frontiers that have arisen before you? What have you learned from falling off an edge? Unplug, ask, and listen.

Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:30 pm
East Greenwich, RI
Arous Studio
575 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Free Parking in CVS Plaza

RSVP - Limited Seats

 

TELL YOUR STORY

We are all a never-ending story.
X Factory is where we discover ourselves with new eyes and ears as we experience the stories of others and their paths to
discovery and wisdom.

It is in the listening that we discover. In the telling that we reframe. And in the community that we find love and connection.

Message me if you’re interested in sharing your wisdom at X Factory.

I’d love to hear from you via this contact form or drop me an email at hello@xfactory.life

xxx

Deb Walsh, Founder

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Be a Workplace Host

 
 

Are you a visionary leader looking for ways to bring people together in new and meaningful conversation?

Let's talk.
  
We built our X Factory Frameworks™ to give you an intentional way of building trust and connection in your workplace. We believe in these core values, and bring them to our work with you :

1. When people feel seen and heard, they walk into, and with, their own power.

"I am striving towards greatness and going towards opportunities as they present themselves.”

2. Teams built on trust are motivated, inspired, and connected

"I am so motivated and excited to accomplish something great this year.
Thanks for the inspiration to get me here."

3. Trust is built on intimacy, self-awareness, and agency

"I am not alone."

4. Conversations that nurture and reveal why we care about something will cultivate understanding, empathy, and compassion for divergent perspectives

"Thank you for giving us a safe place to be curious and expressive and open."

5. How we understand is who we are. And who we are is how we lead

“I now believe that I have the ability to reach others in very powerful ways.”

6. Our success in building leadership across any level of a culture is only as great as our commitment and practice of being personally curious, safely vulnerable, and comfortable with uncertainty.

"I saw how stepping through fear always leads to amazing new beginnings. Be brave. Be fierce."


Learn more about how our frameworks, practices, and themes will help you cultivate these values - and support your team’s goals and mission - through the transformative power of X Factory conversation.

"I have a sense of belonging."


Contact us below and tell us about your team and goals. We look forward to hearing from you.

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