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Our Vision

Help organizations “get it right” by investing in and growing their talent.

Our Mission

We provide strategic learning and development solutions for organizations, leaders and employees to maximize performance and connect people with their core purpose.

About the Fitzpatrick Group

The Fitzpatrick Group (TFG) leverages and develops unique opportunities for our clients and respective organizations. We provide flexible, client oriented consulting services. We work with our clients on a one-on- one basis to provide custom solutions that meet the unique needs of each work environment. The Fitzpatrick Group provides a fresh and independent approach to both structural and cultural issues that an organization may be facing for the first time. Our focus is to develop long-term business relationships that earn the trust of our clients which contributes to our overall success.

The Fitzpatrick Group believes that people are an organization’s strongest asset. They should be valued, developed and rewarded. People are a smart investment from which businesses should expect a return. TFG, founded in 1999, offers services that include Organizational Consulting, Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Training and Leadership Development. TFG has the demonstrated capacity to work effectively with audiences at multiple levels and from various networks among diverse systems. Our vision is to partner with organizations to strengthen their business relationships, develop their employees and build work environments where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed.

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Strategic Planning for Diversity and Inclusion

The Fitzpatrick Group works with its clients by taking a strategic approach for defining and setting the direction for building more diverse and inclusive work environments. There are 4 what we call “Phases” to establishing a credible Diversity and Inclusion initiative that is focused on long-term progress and culture change.

  • Phase I

    Preparation

    Assessment of Internal and External Factors

  • Phase II

    Goal Setting

    Setting Development of Vision Statement

  • Phase III

    Action Planning

    Identify Processes, Actions, Activities, Programs to achieve plan goals and objectives

  • Phase IV

    Implementation

    ImplementationIdentify Resources and Accountabilities

Sharon D. Fitzpatrick

President

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Over 15 years working as an executive professional/consultant in both the public and private business sectors bringing a blended background in organization development, policies & procedures, and business planning, with a depth of knowledge and expertise to bring added-value to employee development, training and leadership coaching for team and individual levels. Applies “GROW”; a proven model for structuring and building the coaching process.

Ms. Fitzpatrick has held HR Executive positions in four major corporations: Visa USA, Times Mirror, Knight Ridder and American Automobile Association National Headquarters. She has been responsible for: corporate policy and planning, workforce assessment, job analysis and performance management, recruitment and retention, succession planning, rewards and recognition, process audits, legislative compliance and labor relations.

Ms. Fitzpatrick has proven beneficial in helping many organizations to implement and promote organizational development programs; and has personally trained over 10,000 executives, managers and staff level employees. She believes in fostering a partnership with her clients and understands the tools necessary for an organization’s success. Her primary areas of focus are: Performance Management, Leadership Development, Coaching, Mentoring and Diversity.

Carol Erdman

Leadership Specialist

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Carol Erdman brings over 20 years of human resources, performance technology, facilitation, strategic planning and organizational development experience to your organization. This experience has helped organizations to determine direction and create plans to bring about necessary changes to keep pace with current internal and external forces. Carol has brought change management, organizational development, teambuilding, diversity awareness and leadership development to several organizations.  With a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from UMBC, Carol uses a human performance technology approach to determining organizational needs.

Carol is a dynamic speaker who incorporates learning into her motivational engagements. In this way, audiences are inspired to act and, in addition, have new skills to be able to do so. Carol has delivered sessions at all organizational levels, from a one-hour in-service designed for a small department to a two-year progressive training program for a medical center of 5000 employees. Carol taught Ensuing a Respectful Workplace for all employees at SRA International and her course was written up in the Wall Street Journal as one of the reasons SRA was named to the list of one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. Carol has also designed and developed a comprehensive leadership development program for the top and executive level managers with the Internal Revenue Service and the Senior Leadership Development Program for USDA Forest Service.  She is as comfortable providing one-to-one consulting as she is presenting to hundreds.

Carol is also an adjunct faculty member at UMBC, teaching graduate level courses, Human Performance Improvement and Performance Consulting in the ISD Program and an undergraduate course on ISD principles.

Carol has also designed and delivered over 100 different professional development and leadership programs including: Negotiation skills, ensuring a Respectful Workplace, Stress Management, Coaching, Mentoring and Modeling, Conflict Management, Sexual Harassment, Leading Change, Time and Priority Management, Presentations and Briefings Skills, Performance Management Systems, Strategic Thinking, Leadership Development, and Valuing Diversity.

Delia Johnson

Federal EEO and Diversity Programs

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Ms. Johnson currently provides consulting and training for Federal EEO and Diversity Programs. She develops recommendations to address workplace conflicts, conducts EEO complaint training such as: Counseling (Basic and Advanced); Investigation; and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation); compliance of mandatory report preparation; and Drafting of Final Agency Decisions and evaluates Model EEO Programs with appropriate assessments and benchmarks. Ms. Johnson is Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

Delia L. Johnson served as the Director for the Office of Civil Rights at the International Broadcasting Bureau, Broadcasting Board of Governors (Board) until 2016. During her tenure,

Ms. Johnson was acknowledged by the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with an award for her outstanding accomplishments in Federal Sector EEO Programs. She was also selected to serve on the Hispanic Workgroup which was created by the EEOC.  This group addressed the hiring, promotion and training of Hispanics in the Federal workforce.  In her previous position, Ms. Johnson served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Civil Rights, United States Information Agency. She was the principal advisor to the Office Director on issues relating to equal employment opportunity, civil rights and work force diversity for Foreign Service and Civil Service employees.

Since 1994, Ms. Johnson has conducted training and lectured on the topics of Human Rights, Women Rights, Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Workplace Diversity issues in various arenas and in several countries, including Trinidad, Senegal, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Spain, Greece and Prague. She has been a guest speaker, in this country and abroad, on various radio and television broadcasts. She has also been a moderator, panelist and presenter at Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity related Conferences and Symposiums.

A native of Panama, Ms. Johnson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and completed course work in the master’s Degree Program in Equal Opportunity Law, Antioch School of Law Center for Legal Studies.  Her post graduate studies also included course work in Cross Cultural Counseling at George Washington University.

Mauricio Velásquez

The Diversity Training Group

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Mauricio specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of organization-wide diversity and inclusion strategic planning for cultural organizational transformation.

Mr. Velásquez is a nationally recognized author, trainer, and consultant whose articles have appeared in local, regional, and national publications including American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Profiles in Diversity Journal, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publications, and the Managing Diversity newsletter. He was the first diversity, gender equity, and mentoring consultant and trainer on the Internet, reaching millions with his website.  Velásquez, in his 25 years of experience, has trained over 850,000 employees, managers, and executives in the areas of diversity, gender equity, mentoring, respectful and trusting workplaces. He is an expert witness on the issues of diversity and is listed with the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA).

Mauricio has held teaching positions at American University, and Johns Hopkins University, as adjunct faculty member and visiting lecturer with The George Washington University, George Mason University and instructor for Howard County Community and Baltimore City Community Colleges.

He has been featured “on the air” on over 30 radio stations nationwide and featured in magazines such as Franchising, NM Pro, The Scientist, Overhaul & Maintenance, Graduating Engineer, and Baltimore Business Journal, and newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, Daily Record, The Washington Times, The New York Times, and Supermarket News. He is a past Area II Diversity Director for SHRM and a past editor of “Diversity Alive,” a diversity newsletter for 110 chapters and 16,000 SHRM members.

Prior to founding Diversity Training Group, Velasquez’ had experience as a former human resource generalist and as a demographic researcher for the Internal Revenue Service, where he first anticipated the rise of diversity both inside and outside the workplace. Velásquez has had the good fortune to work with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Peter F. Drucker, and Jerry Harvey.  He credits much of his interest in human resource management and the earning of his MBA to their influences.

Velásquez is a graduate of George Washington University (M.B.A., Human Resource Management) and the University of Virginia (B.A. Economics and Psychology double major). Is bilingual/bicultural – Spanish.