Oprah Winfrey is helping fans bounce back – and spring forward – after a tough year with her upcoming virtual event.
Winfrey teams up again with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) for the 90-minute “Your Life in Focus: Spring Forward Stronger” event on May 8 ahead of Mother’s Day, USA TODAY can reveal exclusively.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience lately,” Winfrey says. “And, sometimes people think resilience is like bouncing back like you’re some kind of nerf ball. But it really is about absorbing the difficult moments, knowing that they’ve changed you, but moving forward anyway with a resolve to make it through.
“Springing forward is about resilience and being bold enough to imagine your healthiest, most well life even as you are still processing everything we experienced this year,” Winfrey says.
Joining Winfrey at the free and interactive event is multi-hyphenate Drew Barrymore, as the two discuss what the past year has taught them about resilience and Barrymore’s experience as a mom of two children: Olive, 8, and Frankie, 7. Therapist and host of the “In the Light” podcast Dr. Anita Phillips will also sit down with Winfrey at the upcoming event.
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Winfrey previously kicked off the quarterly event series with February’s “Be The Love You Need” virtual event, recruiting celebrity friends Jennifer Garner, Ciara, Kym Whitley and James Corden to speak about grace, living in the present and vulnerability.
The virtual event series builds off of the momentum of Winfrey’s “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour, which took place across nine cities offering a full-day of wellness conversations. The tour ended just before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last March.
The media mogul and author has seemingly made resilience part of her 2021 mission, from her bombshell interview with Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry to her upcoming sitdown with Elliot Page, premiering Friday. Winfrey’s new book, “What Happened to You,” which hit shelves Tuesday, also taps into staying resilient amid trauma by exploring behavior from other people and ourselves through stories from Winfrey’s past.
Co-author Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and senior fellow for the Child Trauma Academy, will embark with Winfrey on a five-day virtual tour, going through May 3, to talk about the new project. The star-studded guest list includes Gayle King and celebrity couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell.
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Contributing: Rasha Ali, Elise Brisco