Sounds like you have your plate full with your day-job and this new non-profit role. The world could use more people with your level of dedication! Thank you!
As someone who works for a large, non-profit hospital, I can give you some insider advice. Leveraging your relationship with the CEO is definitely a plus and can help you get in the door, and get your ideas heard. However, he/she may not be the best person for you to partner with in TriHealth for the long term. In preparing for your meeting, I’d suggest doing your homework about TriHealth. What departments/individuals/sites are working on similar issues? What are the community health needs (identified by their most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA) has TriHealth committed to addressing? Where could your organization complement their efforts – with outreach, seminars, or the Circles Program? Figure this out before hand, that way, you’re asking the CEO for something specific and tangible, e.g. an introduction to so and so to explore collaboration on X, rather than an abstract ask of “partnership.” Also, remain flexible during the course of the meeting. As CEO, the person you are meeting with has a broad perspective of the organization, and is likely a strategic thinker, and may be able to suggest another point of connection that you may not have come up with on your own.
When preparing for the meeting, remember that it’s extremely powerful when organizations, especially new organizations, can share their “story” of why they came to be, and what unmet need they are trying to fill, succinctly – with both qualitative and quantitative data. It’s an art to getting others to “see” your cause, but those who are successful, are usually the most successful in garnering support as well. Best of luck with your meeting! Question Date: