What Our Clients Are Saying About Fio Partners
Our clients are the best source for understanding what it is like to work with Fio Partners. These selected testimonials will give you more of a flavor for our style, how we work with clients, and the impact our work has on organizations.
I believe this work will transform our organization. The outcome gives our Board a much better understanding of where we are as an organization and where we need to go and best of all how to get there. I found both Anne and Jane to be knowledgeable, warm, organized, and extremely competent. The process was challenging and the result is worth it. Fio Partners is unique in their approach. This is the first time as a staff and Board that we have been given tools to evaluate our organization and develop specific action steps to reach strategic goals. The process is based on research and increased the interest and commitment of our Board."
Darlene Hurtado, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut
We appreciated the "tag team" approach as Anne and Jane have different styles and connected with our team at different levels and in different ways. What was most impactful thought was that Fio really helped us "dig down" to the core issues and opportunities that we are or will encounter; things that could really make it or break it for our organization. Near the end of the process when the completed plan was presented to our Board, it had significant impact for them to be told that the strategic plan represents what the staff have set as goals, agree to work on, and be accountable for...the next step is for the Board to have goals of its own. I saw lots of light bulbs starting to brighten."
Matthew Cox, Executive Director, Rhode Island Parent Information Network
For several months Jane worked with the transition committees of Saint Elizabeth Community and Cornerstone Adult Services. As consultant, her primary role was to help the two committees determine the viability of partnership. She was extremely skillful in working with both boards and transition committees in this endeavor. She was invaluable in facilitating dialogue, eliciting expectations and helping define what a partnership would actually encompass. Jane’s participation made these negotiations much smoother than we had imagined."
Roberta B. Merkle, Esq.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Saint Elizabeth Community
FIO Partners did a wonderful job on our strategic planning project. They asked what we wanted, then created a process that met our needs - while incorporating their extensive expertise and experience. The partners conducted interviews with practitioners in our field, establishing such rapport and trust that people openly shared information that's usually kept top secret. Moreover, they were wonderful to work with; cooperative and thoughtful, they never substituted their judgment for ours. I've recommended them many times to others looking for strategic support."
Former Executive Director
New Roots Providence
Over the past five years, FIO Partners has become Kingsley House's "go to" consultant. FIO's wealth of expertise and experience has proven to be invaluable to our Board and staff leadership team, most especially in our long-term strategic management planning process in the aftermath of the greatest natural, and person-made disaster in our nation's history - Hurricane Katrina. The facilitation and consultation skills of FIO are so superior to any other individual or group that our organization has worked with over our long history, that we have engaged FIO to assist us with numerous aspects of our year-round work and strategic development, including our annual Board Self-Assessment and Staff Opinion Survey. FIO has been undoubtedly been a key partner with Kingsley House in accomplishing our historic mission: educating children, strengthening families and building community."
Keith H. Liederman, Ph.D.
Kingsley House, Inc.
When the Michigan Library Consortium and the Indiana Cooperative Library Service Authority began seriously considering merging, our first step was to locate an experienced consultant to guide us through the process. When we interviewed Jane, we were blown away her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge about nonprofit mergers. After we hired her, we were extremely impressed with her professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to get consensus among a disparate group of individuals. We had an aggressive six-month timeline for completing the merger, and without Jane's guidance, we would not have done it. Jane and Fio Partners come with our highest recommendation."
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
FIO Partners did a phenomenal job of collecting a tremendous amount of information through surveys, interviews with stakeholders, focus groups and
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
research, and then synthesizing the material into a useful report to help us assess the landscape and strengthen our coalition. Jane's facilitation skills and style were incredibly effective in addressing potentially polarizing topics in a manner that helped key leaders focus on clients' needs."
Anne is a dynamic, engaging, and insightful expert in her field. Her presentations on social media far exceeded the expectations of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. It is a testament to her talent that she is able to provide actionable recommendations to those new to social media and to those of us whom have already integrated it in our lives."
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce