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Tendo Together ’22.

by | Jul 7, 2022

Founded in 2020 during the pandemic, Tendo has been a remote company from day one. For the first time in our company’s existence, we recently gathered together as a full team in beautiful San Diego, CA.

After thorough pre-travel Covid testing, we were excited to meet, work, and play together at our company event called Tendo Together.

Here are a few things we learned.

We’re committed to being hybrid-powered.

Although we began as a remote-only organization, we’ve always been intentional about moving toward a hybrid work model.

“From the start, we’ve been laying the groundwork for a connected culture that allowed us to thrive initially as a virtual-first company and over time, as a hybrid organization. The approach we took in purposefully connecting the team during this time meant that the team was incredibly engaged and productive as we came together for the first time in San Diego,” said Kelly Makovsky, Tendo VP of Business Operations.

“We are excited to carry this momentum into our first physical hub city locations; places that will allow our team to connect and collaborate as needed, while also supporting virtual work within and across teams.”

We are mission-driven.

Tendo Together presented us all with the opportunity to listen and learn. We heard from healthcare leaders, patients, technology experts, and more. Many of these presentations focused on how we can deeply listen to create exceptional healthcare experiences—a kind of continuation of the original “Tendo Listening Tour.” During one presentation, the Product Design team outlined how they are continuing to listen to patients to better understand their needs, what keeps them from getting the care they need, and how we can help. These stories were sometimes familiar, sometimes eye-opening, and sometimes heartbreaking, but always shed light on how we can achieve our mission of better connecting patients, clinicians, and caregivers by taking a “listen first” approach.

We can’t do it alone.

We welcomed special guest speakers, Rush University Medical Center President and CEO, Dr. Omar Lateef and melanoma survivor/cancer patient advocate, T.J. Sharpe to the Tendo stage to talk about their healthcare insights and experiences.

With a perfectly balanced mix of wit and wisdom, both Dr. Lateef and T.J. shared their stories with heart and authenticity and showed our employees first-hand how important every personal healthcare story is.

We’re better together.

We accomplished so much in the short time we were together and made progress toward our goal of having each Tendo employee connected and contributing. Tendo Together accelerated our thinking, reinvigorated us as a team, and reminded us why we are tackling these healthcare challenges as well as how much impact we can have on so many lives. Our time together also allowed us to form deeper connections that will help with everything from research to product planning and development to delivery for our customers.

The best and most important takeaway we discovered is that whether in person or across the country, we’re better together. Each team walked away with new ideas, new problems to solve, and a newfound sense of urgency in helping make healthcare work. We also walked away with colleagues who now feel like friends.
Interested in becoming part of the Tendo team? Be sure to check out our most recent open roles.