Inaugural Fourth River Solutions Newsletter

We are proud to present the Inaugural Fourth River Solutions Newsletter.

This will be the first of many future installments that keep our members and our followers in the loop as to our operations throughout the year. We are hoping these newsletters will help to highlight the accomplishments of our members, as well as to shed light on new opportunities for leadership and new partnerships. First, let's review what we accomplished this past fall.

Our group was able to complete three external and two internal engagements during the Fall Semester last year. During this time, some of our more senior members also worked to train 12 new consultants from the summer hiring cycle. Many of these new members have already come to be staffed on projects since that time. 

Additionally, our recruitment efforts in the fall were so successful that we had to split our newest recruits into two separate training sessions, the first of which finished at the end of December and the second finishing in February.

Speaking of training, eleven of our members who are interested in leadership within 4RS had the opportunity to attend an interactive workshop on client interactions in November. This workshop focused on how to handle difficult conversations with clients and how to interpret a client's needs.  While it was certainly challenging to try and broach these conversations, even in the hypothetical, our members walked away with more tools in their belts for future interactions with clients and their own PIs. 

Not only are our members doing great work with 4RS, they are achieving great things outside of our organization and contributing to the rich entrepreneurial environment that we are a part of. Our members have not only competed in but have achieved great success in the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh), The Money Table, and Cohort 4 of Blast Furnace

So what can you expect to see from 4RS in 2017? 

  • More projects: We are currently working to set up a number of projects on which we can staff many of our eager new consultants. We are also hoping to make new partnerships within the city of Pittsburgh and continue to expand our reach and brand recognition. 

  • Website Updates: The addition of a newsletter page to our website is just one of the many changes you will see in upcoming months. We want to make our website more user-friendly for both our members, as well as potential clients. 

  • PHICC 2017: We are once again spearheading the planning of the Pitt Health Innovation Case Competition. This year's competition will take place on April 21st. Visit our PHICC 2017 tab for more information. 

  • Seminars and Workshops: We are also working to set up more seminars and workshops for our members related to career opportunities and professional development.