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Aug 21, 2017

How are healthcare companies getting involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and making a difference? Find out what motivated associations, healthcare marketers and suppliers to come together at the HCEAConnect conference to make blankets for children at the Lurie Children’s Hospital.  You will feel so inspired by their stories and what they did to help children.

The Healthcare Convention and Exhibitor’s Association (HCEA) has for years has organized social responsibility projects prior to the kickoff of the conference.  Dedicated attendees have gathered together across the country in some cases challenging conditions to provide much needed help to very deserving non-profit organizations.   This year was no exception, and the thought of giving back to children in need touched the hearts of all who were at the event.

What makes people want to give back?  Here is what attendees shared.

Top 10 Reasons People Gave Back at HCEAConnect

“My daughter was at Lurie’s Children’s hospital and diagnosed with Diabetes.  This project has personal meaning for me”. Mark Schab, Crepes A Latte

“VisitLEX always likes to give back to the community it is visiting and this was a perfect opportunity for us to collaborate” Roseanne Mingo, VisitLEX and CSR event sponsor

“Starting the meeting by giving back first sets the tone for the meeting” Carol Fields, Edwards Lifesciences

“Before starting at Regeneron, I worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I have always wanted to keep my non-profits roots.  One thing that is important to me is to support local hospitals and charities” Julia Sokolohorsky, Regeneron

 “It is very fulfilling and good for the community and I am happy to be a participant” Sonia Fong, Greater Miami Convention and Visitor Bureau

“I love this event, it is where everybody gets together, we are doing something positive for the community, and it is a great way to network, kick off the meeting and meet everybody.”  Sue Huff, Medtronic

“As a healthcare exhibitor, everything we do is about giving back in some form or fashion.  It is a great way for the community to come together and benefit the greater good.  It is a great time to work together and to reflect and play a part in the community.  Jeannie Wert, Siemens Healthineers

“I was able to come here early, I think it is important to give back.  I have two kids and it’s important” Eric Bopp, Czarnowski


 “It is an opportunity to do something good for the community and to network, as we collaborate, we get to know each other” Anne Marie Bermudez, Daiichi Sankyo

“I love the CSR event it is a nice chance to give back to the community and get to meet some of the attendees, get to know them.  It is a win-win.” Janet Aguhob, Allergan

In addition to giving back, attendees experienced secondary benefits that helped round out their experience at the conference.  Here are the added benefits of doing a CSR project.

4 Ways Participants Can Benefit From A CSR Project

  1. Team Building: Bringing people together for a common cause creates the opportunity to focus on the greater good together.
  2. Networking: It is the ultimate ice breaker when you are making something together for someone else.
  3. Sense of Accomplishment: You visibly see what you were able to do and know that you finished your project.
  4. Feel Good Endorphins: The knowledge of doing something for someone in need who wasn’t expecting kindness gives people a surge in feeling happier.

Now it is your turn-think about your next conference or corporate event.  How could doing something for others at the beginning to help attendees feel empowered and energized at the meeting?  Share your ideas below!

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Credits: Big thanks to Christy Haussler from Team Podcast for her amazing editing!

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