MMwit Does Good on the Runway
Lights! Camera! Do good! For the past three years, Modernizing Medicine Women in Innovation and Technology (MMwit) has organized a fashion show to benefit a South Florida charity. By raising money and awareness we strive to make a difference, and this year we proudly donated $4,000 to PACE Center for Girls Broward. PACE provides girls an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy, which parallels MMwit’s mission to develop and enable women to lead and innovate. We have collaborated with PACE for several years by hosting site tours, Hour of Code sessions and educational activities, so the fashion show was a natural extension of those efforts.
“Do Good” features prominently in Modernizing Medicine’s corporate values, and events like this help illustrate what makes the company’s culture and community so special. A worthwhile cause brings out the best in individuals and our collective efforts make an impact. Not only does Modernizing Medicine’s CFO, Karen O’Byrne, sit on the board of PACE Broward, but countless employees also donate their time and treasure to support this event and other efforts. Local businesses contributed to the cause.
Modernizing Medicine’s Boca Raton area employees received a casting call and the response was amazing. As if strutting their stuff down the catwalk for a good cause wasn’t enough, the model who sold the most raffle tickets won a prize: an outfit they wore on the runway. By selling approximately 10% of the total raffle ticket sales, Shelby Finch walked away with a beautiful, timeless dress donated by Karen O’Byrne.
Lord & Taylor in Boca Raton — a consummate supporter of local charitable efforts — hosted the not-to-be missed fete. The event kicked off with a happy hour complete with drinks, appetizers and music. The enthusiastic and energetic audience cheered the models who hit the runway with grace, flare and personality, including our own CEO Dan Cane. The final strut down to “We Are Family” elicited instantaneous dancing with both the models and the crowd singing along enthusiastically.
The Learning Experience
Leadership skills differ when working with a team of volunteers. There’s a shift to invitation, influence and gratitude to bring out the best of each volunteer and ignite passion. Everyone on the team, every action taken, and every idea, suggestion and effort were unique gifts. It is important to convey to volunteers that their time is valued and their contribution, whatever small it may be, is important.
Listening to brainstorming ideas from the team and engaging in creative thinking are the foundation of an innovative culture. Ideas from volunteers like having multiple raffles and creating a contest for the models were incorporated and contributed to the event’s success. The planning team consisted of volunteers from different areas of the company. This culture of inclusion was encouraged. By working across departments and experiencing others’ motivations, you build trust and get a sense of “we’re in this together.” We are very appreciative to Employee Engagement, Accounting, our management and the MMwit Leadership team’s support, invaluable mentoring and guidance.
THANK YOU to all who contributed whether it was donating items, volunteering their time, mentoring or purchasing tickets for the raffle.
MMwit enjoys investing in young women to help them achieve their highest potential, find their voice and live fulfilling lives as adults. From the entire MMwit Team, we thank you all for your support!
To see photos from the event, visit our Facebook page here.
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