2 10, 2020

Election Season Is Upon Us: Here Are Some Helpful Tips

2020-10-02T20:21:04+00:00October 2nd, 2020|

Most years Virginians circle Election Day on their calendars to remind themselves to go out and exercise their civic duty. While in-person voting on November 3rd is still going to be an option, as most of you know, this is not a normal election year. My rotation at Virginia’s Department [...]

18 09, 2020

Cassidy White: Before the Fellowship

2020-09-18T22:07:58+00:00September 18th, 2020|

Before the Fellowship Series Cassidy L. White September 18, 2020 Education JD, William & Mary Law School, May 2019 B.A., Political Science, Minor in Psychology, Certificate in Peace Studies, University of Kentucky, May 2016 Hometown Leitchfield, Kentucky (home to the great Fiddle Fest) Career Interests/Skills Legal, regulatory, and policy analysis; [...]

21 08, 2020

Virginia 2020 Special Session

2020-08-21T20:58:45+00:00August 21st, 2020|

“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 [...]

14 08, 2020

Chaos as a catalyst for Change

2020-08-14T20:37:11+00:00August 14th, 2020|

Seriously, take this Pandemic. The Covid-19 health crisis has brought chaos, upheaval, and a caustic level of transparency that has upended millions of lives. Yet, even in the middle of chaos, governments, industries, and individuals are taking a deep look at the way they operate and creatively finding solutions to [...]

7 08, 2020

When the Office Comes Home: Adapting to Telework

2020-08-07T19:37:42+00:00August 7th, 2020|

My first teleworking experience came in late March of this year as I, along with many state employees, transitioned to full-time remote work. Back in March I was not too worried about this transition. In the early days of the pandemic, the initial shock and uncertainty of everything unfolding was [...]

31 07, 2020

Promoting Psychological Health: The Need for Green During Quarantine

2020-07-31T12:56:33+00:00July 31st, 2020|

Aristotle says that “man is by nature a social animal.” Driven to engage with others, humans tend to thrive in environments where they are capable of interacting with their surroundings. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, humans have been removed from their typical day-to-day interactions—whether it be the office, running group, [...]

24 07, 2020

Creating Community During COVID-19

2020-07-24T16:19:41+00:00July 24th, 2020|

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 [...]

17 07, 2020

Building Safety in Organizations – a How-To

2020-07-17T16:51:12+00:00July 17th, 2020|

Hello all – congrats on  making it through another week. We at VMF are privileged enough to participate in the Virginia Public Sector Leaders course (VPSL), a leadership development certificate program through the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs. In response to COVID-19, we’re doing some certificate work remotely, [...]

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