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Newell Rubbermaid Philanthropic Bike Team Event in Chicago, Illinois

Newell Rubbermaid gave back to their community with a Philanthropic Bike Team Building Event in Chicago, Illinois.  This division of the parent company,(whose brands include everything from home storage to Irwin Building tools)  puts Sharpies, and Paper Mate products into our hands.  In the Build-A-Bike® Event, engineers and designers laughed, learned to better collaborate and communicate, and in the end, made some kids smile.

Engineers, generally quiet and shy, were pushed out of their comfort zones, to exchange ideas, share cultures, and solve some tricky problems.  Who knew that such creativity and fun could evolve from such seriously studious folks?  They let loose, and exchanged ideas, cultures, put creativity before logic, and became a stronger team.  They learned the value of collaboration, communication, and getting to know each other.  Individuals were no longer an email, or a title to each other.  They became breathing, caring, funny people to each other, opening lines of better communication.All the learning and fun lead to the reinforcement of the company’s philanthropic-platform.  “Getting involved in our communities is the corner stone for all we do.”  Today they invested in the community’s future – its children.  They built bikes for kids who have none.

The payoff for their competition, and working together, was smile after shy smile on the faces of the kids whose bikes they built.  The group who designs, creates, and engineers those, ever so useful – Sharpies, and Papermate pens, came together as a team, strengthened their ability to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, and exchange ideas.  I got this note from the folks at Newell Rubbermaid as soon as I got home. 

Thank you Connie for leading such a great event (the best we’ve had here since I started 11 years ago!”)  Music to a facilitator’s ears.

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

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Philips International Annual Meeting in Dallas with Bike Team Building Event

team buildingPhilips Lifestyle met in Dallas, Texas to unite its team, collaborate, create, and give back through a philanthropic team-building event. A lot of fun, laughter and just a wee bit of competition, brought them together and produced 20 bikes for some kids in Dallas who have none. They grew as a team while the Build-A-Bike® Bicycle Team Building program united them, and let them cut loose and have fun. The team-building program focused on empowering them to reach out to clients and turn vendors into partners by establishing relationships.

Philips motto is “Sense and Simplicity” and in this fast paced complex world the company tries to distill the essence of making a difference, in both their work life and what they do for communities. This day, they came together, exchanged ideas, created alliances, got to know each other and laughed like kids, all leading up to the main event. They made 20 kids feel like they were on top of the world – equal to all, by presenting hem with bikes that they dared to dream of owning.

The payoff for their competition and working together – was giving back to some kids who really need a lift. An organization called “Summer Santa” reached out to some kids who have very little, and delivered a great surprise. Their dream of owning a brand new bike came true. Diana Reyes, a key volunteer for the organization told the group that these kids need to know that someone cares about them, and Philips did just that. For Philips employees, the payoff came in an emotional “feel good about themselves” seeing kids smile, and knowing they made it happen. 

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Follett Educational Services Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Chicago

bike team buildingFollett Educational Services held a sales meeting for 75 of its sales people in the Chicago area recently and included a Build-A-Bike charitable team building workshop as a way to give the participants a high-energy experience with a philanthropic surprise at the end. Follett Educational Services (FES), one of several Follett Corporation operating companies, has a long and successful partnership with the education community. It all began with Charles W. Follett in a small bookstore back in 1873. Today, at their state-of-the-art facility, they process and house the largest pre-owned textbook inventory in the nation, including millions of K-12 textbooks by publishers in every subject area and grade level. In fact, this high-energy event took place right in their warehouse space!

Throughout the event, there was a lot of energy and a strong air of competition! The initial activities presented opportunities for the teams to step outside of their comfort zones. The level of enthusiasm in the room was impressive! Everyone had a great time cheering for each other and showing off their creative sides.

The main portion of the program required the participants to abandon their competitiveness and work together to gain knowledge and resources in order to be successful. Skeptical and a little reluctant to share what they each had at first, eventually everyone adopted a spirit of cooperation and together they were able to build 16 bikes for kids.

The local YMCA club brought 16 boys and girls to the event to be the excited recipients of the bikes at the end of the program. All the tension and struggles of learning to work more cooperatively melted away as the participants looked at the kids’ faces.

“We enjoyed the event and Ellen’s energy! What a great experience for us!”

— Andrea Manderino, Follett Educational Services 

Everyone likes to have fun, and everyone likes to make a difference to children in their communities. Build-A-Bike team building event is a great way to combine the two and add a new dimension to any corporate gathering whether in Chicago, Illinois or any major city.

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Aetna Build-A-Bike ® team building event in Hartford, CT brings holiday cheer to local children

As a way to bring Aetna’s Hartford, Connecticut based employees together for a philanthropic event, they decided to host a Build-A-Bike team building workshop at their headquarters. Aetna is one of the nation’s leaders in health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, and disability insurance, and employee benefits. With more than 33,000 employees in multiple businesses, Aetna offers a broad range of insurance and employee benefits products. This workshop was with members of one of the divisions.

Build-A-Bike is a fast-paced, high-energy workshop that gives participants the opportunity to interact, compete and ultimately work together to solve a series of challenges. Aetna employees rose to the occasion, working together and cheering each other on to success. In the end, they built 12 bikes!

Local kids from the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center in Hartford came at the end of the event to receive the bikes. Just in time for the holidays, these kids were overjoyed and overwhelmed at receiving bikes. For a couple of them, it was their first bike ever. They quickly got into the spirit and were zooming around the room like pros!

“This was an amazing event! Ellen’s humor and energy made it a really enjoyable experience for everyone. And the kids coming at the end was just a perfect conclusion!” — Sue Barbagallo, Aetna

Everyone likes to give back to the community, especially to kids in need, and most especially during the holidays. Including a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event in your next conference in Connecticut or New York gives your employees the opportunity to do just that while adding energy, enthusiasm and fun!

For details about a team building event in Hartford, Connecticut, click here!

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