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Six Tips to Create Accessible Virtual Training

This month FMP proudly celebrates the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, including employment and work-related opportunities. Did you know, according to the 2019 American Community Survey, there are an estimated…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Workforce Development

In 2020, the switch to remote work had profound impacts on companies’ abilities to connect with their employees virtually. At FMP, our work shifted to meet the needs of our clients who were struggling to effectively deliver training to their staff. In February of this year, we surveyed 30 respondents to find out how the…

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FMP’s 30th Anniversary: Interview with the Owners

This year, FMP Consulting (FMP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary! To celebrate, FMP’s owners, Erin Pitera, Sherean Miller, and Carolyn Kurowski, sat down for a virtual interview to reflect on FMP’s journey and discuss what has led to FMP’s success over the past 30 years. What do you love about the work FMP does? What…

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Eight Strategies for Facilitating Effective Virtual Meetings

With the sudden shift to remote work last March, virtual meetings have become the new way of doing business. Idle chit chat on the way to a meeting, sitting side-by-side around a large conference room table, and physically whiteboarding during in-person brainstorming sessions have been replaced by countless hours in front of a computer screen….

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The River at Thirty

As we celebrate FMP’s 30th Anniversary, we’re sharing a number of different blog posts that reflect on our work, culture, and history. In this special post, Tim Barnhart, the founder of FMP, shares his perspective on FMP, past and present.  I live in the Shenandoah Valley, with its beautiful, meandering river. Several decades ago, I studied philosophy. When I began to pull my thoughts together about…

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What We Learned in 2020

At the end of a year, many organizations reflect on their work and their accomplishments. Some publish annual reports filled with tables, graphs, and stories describing their impact. They go into the new year excited to use new insights to do bigger and better things.    But 2020 brought lessons that went deeper than the projects we worked on and our accomplishments.  Amid the chaos, challenges, and grief…

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Virtual Work is Here to Stay! Five Tips for Successfully Leading & Managing Virtual Teams

We are almost a full year into a global pandemic that has completely changed the way we do business. It has forced companies and leaders, sometimes with no prior virtual experience, to transition to 100% remote work. But after months of feeling unprepared and lots of trial and error, most organizations have figured it out….

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Looking Back – FMP’s Summer Interns Reflect on Their Experiences

This past summer, FMP brought three interns onto our team. Jessica and Alexis worked as Human Capital Interns supporting client projects while Sophie worked as a Business Development Intern working internally on proposals and marketing. Last month, FMP’s Intern Program Coordinator, Louise Chan, wrote a blog that shared best practices and considerations for implementing a virtual internship program. Now,…

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Wait! Don’t Cancel Your Internship – Just Make It Virtual!

When COVID-19 upended life in early 2020, many companies made the difficult decision to close down offices and cancel their summer internships. While this was a challenging time full of adjustments, canceling internships negatively impacted both sides of the relationship- first by depriving students of the opportunity to gain real-world experience and build valuable connections…

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