Greg Tehven is someone to know. He’s a mover and shaker, and most importantly a connector. As the executive director of Emerging Prairie, he reached out to Recovree earlier this year and inquired about our interest in presenting at One Million Cups Fargo. I leaned on Greg to help make our trip multipurpose and connect with organizations from the recovery community while we were in town. Greg delivered - he used his social capital to make connections to leadership at Sanford Health, Prairie St. John’s and Recovery Reinvented. These key contacts led to additional introductions to F5 Project, Mayors' Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction, First Step Recovery and Face It Together. The valuable connections would have taken us numerous hours and likely multiple trips to establish.
What happened in Fargo on Wednesday for Recovree was special. We were welcomed with open arms and had meaningful conversations with everyone we met. Most of our meetings ended with, "When are you coming back so that we can continue this discussion?"
Like any startup with hopes to grow and expand, it’s critical for Recovree to develop relationships and share our message outside of our own backyard. For local entrepreneurs, I strongly encourage you to explore the opportunities that Emerging Prairie offers including a unique One Million Cups and their Founders Only Retreat.
We’re looking forward to returning to Fargo and pick-up where we left off in finding collaborative ways to tackle substance use disorder. Thank you to the wonderful people who took time to connect with us, as well as the Emerging Prairie staff and Greg for an outstanding experience. We look forward to seeing you again on July 26 for TEDx Fargo!