Before COVID-19 began sweeping the nation, I was just like any other independent young adult living in a new city away from their parents. My city happened to be Richmond, Virginia, where I was working to build a life and reputation of my own. Now, in the midst of the [...]
“This is no ordinary year,” Governor Ralph Northam announced with his signature smile to the House Appropriations, House Finance, and Senate Finance Committees as he convened Virginia’s General Assembly for the 2020 Special Session. Governor Northam continued, “The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, our economy, and our budget.” The [...]
Research shows that small, interpersonal connections matter to building a sense of belonging and organizational culture. As Grace mentioned in her post last week, a central thesis of Daniel Coyle’s The Culture Code is that successful groups are created and not innate to the organization. One of the ways [...]
Happy Fellows Friday! Over the past three months, the majority of Virginia state employees have transitioned to teleworking from their homes. It has been a major adjustment for many during a time filled with such uncertainty and fear; however, the noble and selfless group of individuals we call our [...]
Greetings! Welcome to the Virginia Management Fellows’ weekly blog, or “Fellows Friday” as we like to call it! The intent of the Virginia Management Fellows program is to strengthen the succession planning bench for leadership and management roles in all branches of state government. Over the course of two years, [...]
An open letter to Commonwealth of Virginia employees: In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, Cohort 2 of the Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) program would like to recognize our fellow public sector employees who continue to provide critical services under these difficult circumstances. From those processing unemployment benefits [...]
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