Team members of Towers Watson gather for a photo before the 2012 London J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
2013 London Corporate Challenge
a great fit for Towers Watson
LONDON, June 24, 2013 — Preparing to participate in its fifth J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London in July, Towers Watson has found the 5.6-km (3.5-mile) team road race in Battersea Park to be an ideal fit for many reasons.
"We have been involved with the J.P. Morgan Chase Challenge for four years and every year have found it a brilliant way to connect with each other, collaborating with associates from different parts of the business and different locations," said company captain Carolyn Trufitt. "It's also a great way to network with people from other leading professional services companies, and of course give back to charity and have some fun along the way."
So, on Thursday, July 11, the second of two nights of racing in Battersea Park, Towers Watson will be on the starting line with a team of approximately 130 members for the 27th running of London's Corporate Challenge, which once again quickly reached its capacity of 13,000-plus entries in each of the races.
This year's race has a special appeal for Towers Watson, due to the selection of WaterAid as the event beneficiary.
"This year's beneficiary charity in particular resonates with Towers Watson, given the close nature of this charity to the aid that our global Corporate Social Responsibility partner, Save the Children, provides around the world," said Trufitt. "Our global CSR program overall has a particular emphasis on health, wellness and education, with all the beneficiary charities to-date aligning within these areas."
WaterAid works across 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America, using practical solutions to provide safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. J.P. Morgan, on behalf of all Corporate Challenge participants, will make a donation to WaterAid. In addition, WaterAid and J.P. Morgan have announced a fundraising initiative available for all Corporate Challenge participants, accessible at https://www.justgiving.com/company/jpmorgancc2013/.
It is the kind of charitable commitment that has made Truffit's Corporate Challenge recruiting efforts easier than ever.
"We offer places on the team to all of our London and South East offices," she said. "This population includes associates across a range of roles and levels, and places are secured on a first-come first-served basis to ensure fairness. This year's team is made up of a mixture of associates from different levels.
"At Towers Watson (a leading global professional services company with 14,000 associates) there is a keen running community, many associates are avid runners so there is always a great demand to get involved with this event," she added. "We see some regular faces each year and there are always some newcomers. Everyone involved is enthusiastic and it makes for a fantastic atmosphere on the day."
As Trufitt suggests, the camaraderie and out-of-the-office bonding experience are important for a company such as Towers Watson, which has multiple offices in the London area and also participates in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge races in New York's Central Park. And, she notes, the team building can begin long before race day.
"The camaraderie on the night (of the race is important)," Trufitt said. "But so is the training in the weeks to come (before the race). Due to the mixture of associates joining from across four offices, and across multiple areas of the business, there is a connection sparked that may not have been created if we did not participate in this type of event. Each year we also launch a T-shirt design competition, which is another way to engage with associates."
"On several occasions I have heard associates discussing their training plans," she added. "The team is usually built up of a combination of more seasoned runners, as well as first-timers, and often these associates with different levels of experience will come together and train after work."
The bottom line, she says, is that the team from Towers Watson is a winner even before the start of the Corporate Challenge.
"The Challenge offers an all-round winning experience; an opportunity to get together with colleagues you might not usually interact with, an opportunity to network with other leading professional services companies, and, of course, a way to give back to a leading charity while having some fun along the way," she said.