Stryker’s Sustainability Services’ sales team met for three days of meetings. They spent a lot of time going over 2017 accomplishments and setting goals for 2018. As a fun and meaningful way to close out the event, they held a Bike-A-Thon™.
Stryker Sustainability Services Kicks Off 2018 with Enthusiasm
About 200 people were in attendance at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Because we were such a big group, the hotel gave us the use of the Rainmaker and Northern Sky Terrace ballrooms. We had done a previous Bike-A-Thon™ with a different division of Stryker about a year ago, so we were thrilled to be back. The company organizers really upped their game this time! Food tables, open bars and a DJ in the room kept everything lively.
A Scottsdale, AZ Bike-A-Thon™ Takes Shape
During the workshop, teams compete for the materials needed to build a bicycle. Activities are planned in conjunction with the goals and needs of the client, so it’s a completely customized workshop, even for clients we’ve worked with before. This time, we played Air Counting, Dice Bank, Flip the Cup, Wordles, and Cup Stack. The competition was so intense, this might have been the quickest set of games we’ve ever played!
The background music provided by the DJ kept the atmosphere lively. The activities we planned had groups practicing key workplace skills, like communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Time flew, and participants were surprised when the final presentation part of our program arrived.
The Children of Family Promise of Greater Phoenix Get New Bikes
While everyone had a great time, no one lost sight of our primary motivation: Family Promise of Greater Phoenix. All of the bicycles that teams assembled that day were going to children whose families were participating in Family Promise programs. Teams completed 30 bicycles for donation!
Lisa Randall, a representative of Family Promise, arrived on-site to accept the bicycles. Shel was kind and took the time to move around the room, chatting with each group. Lots of folks took pictures of their teammates and their completed bike. We gathered the group, and Lisa Randall thanked everyone profusely. She said a few words about Family Promise and the work they did for homeless children and families. She told everyone how pleased the children would be to get new bikes.
As we packed up the bicycles and our supplies, we heard nothing but positive feedback. People were very happy to learn new ways of working together, and helping children was a powerful motivator.