So much has happened since the last time we all met in St. Louis! We’ve expanded our program offerings, developed new-and-improved educational materials, celebrated the opening of over 100 licensed facilities, and welcomed new folks to the team.
In celebration of our accomplishments, we brought the team back together earlier this month for our 2023 corporate retreat. As most of our team lives and works outside of the St. Louis area, this annual event offers the only occasion many of us have to see each other together in person. With this in mind, and to maximize our time together, the week’s events focused on both professional development and team building.
We spent the bulk of our time together in a series of workshops moderated by our friends from Psych Associates. Our goal in these sessions was to identify Pritikin ICR’s core values, mission, and vision statement. After some healthy debate and much collaboration, we landed on mission and vision statements we are all proud of.
Mission: Inspiring and empowering all people and communities, driven by professionals with big hearts and a powerful message of hope.
Vision: At Pritikin, we support our healthcare partners delivering lifestyle education through evidence-based, quality products and services that are accessible to all.
The final outcome captured the heart of who we are as an organization so well that we launched into an impromptu wave.
Much like last year, our biggest takeaway at the conclusion of the two-day session was that our organization’s greatest strength is our dedicated team! Each of our employees care about what they do and are collectively committed to improving access to heart-healthy education.
After each day of professional development, we all got together for a casual dinner. In keeping with tradition, the location of our second dinner and accompanying activity was a surprise. Those of us who live outside of the St. Louis area were introduced to a local institution, the whimsical City Museum!
After a delicious dinner complete with St. Louis specialties, we adventured around the 600k square-foot artist-built playground. We climbed in the world's largest jungle gym, explored the enchanted caves, and slid down several slides.
Exercise is a core tenant of the Pritikin program and at the Museum, we certainly practiced what we preach. It was an experience we won't soon forget!
To cap off the week, the Pritikin ICR team ventured to Rhineland, Missouri where we enjoyed a day in the great outdoors, made all the better by fantastic food and amazing company.
Last year, we came away realizing that what sets Pritikin ICR apart is that we hire big hearts. That was reaffirmed during this year’s corporate retreat. Every single person on our nationwide team (scattered across the country from Nevada to Virginia!) is dedicated to inspiring and empowering all people and communities to live heart-healthy lives, eager to lend a helping hand, and excited to plan for our continued growth. We are grateful to have shared another meaningful and memorable week together and are looking forward to next year!