Network has not returned from COVID-19. This Hill employee has an app for it
Network has not returned from COVID-19.  This Hill employee has an app for it

Network has not returned from COVID-19. This Hill employee has an app for it

David Tennent was really looking forward to starting his new job as digital director for Rep. Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania. Besides the chief of staff, Tennent had not yet met anyone in the office, and after a year of arranging awkward coffee meetings over LinkedIn as an entry-level employee for another Republican, Tennent was hoping to make a few new workmates. For young professionals like him in a business town like DC – where the newcomers, who barely know a soul when they first arrive, tend to be more than the natives who never left – building your circle of friends beer for beer and happy hour for happy hour. March 18, 2020, could not come fast enough.

Tennent went into the office that day to pick up a laptop, but he did not return until months later – and even then only sporadically.

“I met none of my colleagues,” he said. “It was a strange environment to be in, and it was tough.”

Tennent realized that he was not the only Hill employee COVID-19 who was deprived of the usual social and professional networking opportunities. Over time, over zooms and cautious socially distant meetings, he made friends in the office, but he did not meet their friends as he normally would have done, as at a lobbying reception or a home party. He still got coffee with other employees, sometimes cold to email them, but it was not the same.

“I just felt there was a better way to do this,” he said. After a lot of brainstorming, he landed on an idea for the better way: an app exclusively for Hill employees like him called CNCT.

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