McKinney Advisory Group sponsored and organized their third “Pitch and Partner” event focusing on collaboration between for profit and nonprofit healthcare companies in San Diego. The engaging networking event took place on January 21, 2015 and was held at the Neighborhood House Association, whom donated the use of their board room for the event. Featured participants were invited to develop a “Pitch” and “ask” the other organizations how they each could contribute to their mission of serving San Diego. Following the presentations participants and attendees stayed to network, collaborate, “and Partner”. The attendance this year surpassed McKinney’s expectations. A special thank you to The French Gourmet for their catered appetizers.
To better understand healthcare and how we can improve as a community, we need to look at the big picture – What programs are available to assist? What is changing in healthcare today? This innovative event was about leveraging resources of existing expertise with the wants and needs of organizations’ in making a difference in serving San Diego.
All participants were invited to bring a 3-5 minute “Pitch” including an ask. The pitches described their companies and the nonprofits’ work in healthcare while the ask was a way for the others in the room to form partnerships. The “Partner” portion followed the presentations when participants stayed to network and collaborate.
Many of the organizations presenting were breaking into the public eye for the first time. Others presented statistics, facts, problems, and real life struggles that were unknown to their peers in the same industry. The innovative and solution driven room was alive with collaboration and partnership opportunities.
Sharon Meredith from Fitness with Heart happily stated, “What wonderful energy when you bring together people who love helping others and making a difference. I made a couple of great connections!”
The energy in the room was contagious and palpable. Participants were tasked with one or two ways of connecting and building relationships. The mood was collaborative, encouraging, and full of celebrating success and the potential of future successes.
Kayla Burningham, Marketing Coordinator at McKinney Advisory Group, remarked on the outcome of the evening by saying, “Following the pitches, we were approached by numerous organizations saying they had already made a handful of great connections and definitely saw many ways in the near future to work together. Knowing that we are making a difference in San Diego by bringing companies and organizations together is why we do what we do.”
Pitch participants included Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Humana, Choose You, ALS Foundation San Diego, The Vision of Children, Neighborhood House Association, Operation Rebound, Vista Community Clinic, Community Health Improvement Partners, City National Bank, and DBS- an Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. There were also representatives from across the board of healthcare organizations from fitness to health insurance in attendance, ready to collaborate and create new relationships.
Pictured from left to right: Krista Berry Ortega (Vision of Children Foundation), Andrew Castro (Choose You), Alex Barone (Choose You), Shivali Joshi (Choose You), and Dr. Sheryl White (Neighborhood House Association)