The Connector: Edition 41

The Connector Newsletter

Spring is here and we are thrilled! 🌷 Although it's been chilly in our area during the first week of spring, we know how to bring the energy at TOC!

We are looking forward to seeing our team members together in person and virtually for our quarterly Town Hall. Town Halls provide us with the opportunity to share accomplishments, goals, and growth strategies. We will also reveal our Fantastic Four Winners for Q1 Performance! How often are you bringing your team together to foster collaboration and communication? Tell us here!

1. Can Your Organization Withstand Future Disasters?

Have you ever thought about how your organization is designed? This question must be answered in order to be prepared for a crisis.

Harvard Business Review explains how companies can be trained in disaster management and preparedness. Leaders should focus on three areas: position, access, and unity of effort to withstand future disasters. Read the full article here.

2. The Importance of DEI Today

A diverse organization creates an environment of innovation and Forbes shares the benefits of DEI and how you can implement DEI in your organization.

Customers will do business with an organization that they can relate to, which is why it is crucial to have a diverse staff and management team. Utilizing diversity and inclusion, maximizing opportunity with diversity, creating an inclusive environment, and monitoring DEI efforts are areas of focus to drive DEI in your organization. Read the full article here.

3. Mentorship for Women in the Workplace

A mentor is a supporter of your career. A good mentor will help you grow personally and professionally and creates a long-term relationship.

Entrepreneur shares how successful mentoring creates positive impacts for the mentor, mentee, and the organization itself. For female leaders, these relationships can help lift you out of career valleys and cheer you on at career peaks. Read the full article here.

4. Turn the Office into a Coffee Shop

Real-estate firm CBRE data shows the tech industry already leased 76% more office space in the last three quarters of 2021 than it did in 2020.

Companies are getting creative on how to make returning to the office good for company culture and collaboration. What will make you return to the office? HR Morning

shares by re-educating employees on purpose, showing the hybrid model is in the best interest, and remodeling to fit the new work reality are ways to establish trust and make returning to the office an easy transition for your team. Read the full article here.

5. Supporting Local Partners

The POWER of Professional Women is a non-profit based in Philly with a mission to promote professionalism, interests, career development, leadership skills, and community involvement for all professionals in the city—especially those who identify as women. You can expand your network and connect with POWER!

In support of the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Women In Bio-Philadelphia Metro is partnering with The Dan Diaz Biotech Breakfast Club, GTS Scientific, The Bracken Group, and the PA Biotech Center of Bucks County to host the 4th annual fundraiser. WIB's goal is to raise funds and awareness for ALS research on Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:00-9:00 PM EST. Register here!

6. Philadelphia250

Philadelphians are dreamers and doers and tackle every single day with a lot of heart and a whole lot of gusto. The year 2026 provides an opportunity to come together to honor our great city—where America first declared its independence almost 250 years ago—and set ambitious goals for change. To make history, together.

You can be part of the Philadelphia250 by volunteering, becoming a member, partnering, and spreading the word!

7. Let's Go Local...#ConnectorsWhoCare Edition

Bringing Hope Home's 21st Annual Great Guys Dinner is coming up on Friday, May 5 at The Springfield Country Club. We are looking forward to this event and we hope you can support our friends at Bringing Hope Home as they continue to spread unexpected amazingness.

Save the Date for Peter's Place 20th Anniversary Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 30th at Merion Golf Club. Peter's Place is one of our #ConnectorsWhoCare organizations and provides grieving support for families. You might just see a few TOC members there to greet you!

Our friends at Home of the Sparrow's Black and White Gala is back! Join the fun (and an amazing cause) on Friday, April 29th at The Drexelbrook Ballroom. With Silent and live auctions, music, dancing, dinner, and more help them continue to end homelessness for women and children in Chester County!

Wellness Wednesday...

Did you know Wednesday, April 6 is National Walking Day?🚶

Many of us aim to get at least 10,000 steps a day, but being stuck at our desks can hold us back. We have an idea! Instead of taking a call with a team member at your desk, put on your AirPods, and get outside for a 30-minute walk. Your team member and steps tracker will thank you!