Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME’s head of worldwide literary, speakers and conference divisions, is taking on a new role at the company.
Mark Shapiro, president at WME’s parent company, Endeavor Group Holdings, on Thursday shared with staffers that “Jennifer has decided to move on from her agenting responsibilities and focus on building her brand partnerships and live events platform.”
Shapiro made the exec announcement days after Endeavor officially decided to forgo its plan for an initial public offering, postponing the move for the time being. “Endeavor will continue to evaluate the timing for the proposed offering as market conditions develop,” the company said Friday.
Walsh, who had been with the company for nearly two decades since the agency acquired her firm The Writers Shop, is transitioning from her day-to-day agenting role to focus on live events.
The executive previously led Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” arena tour in 2014, as well as Arianna Huffington’s “Thrive” conference tour. Walsh will advise the company’s events business, including the touring event that she founded in 2016, Together Live.
Together Live has 10 events — featuring a rotating group of musicians, comedians and stars sharing their “own raw, inspiring stories of finding purpose and community” in front of live audiences — planned in the next month alone nationwide, backed by brand name sponsors like Procter & Gamble. Last year, Together Live partnered with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine content company for a tour.
Shapiro’s memo to staff can be found on THR.com