“The Candy Factory has proven to be an inclusive and welcoming space for the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition and has offered us an opportunity to build relationships and provide a safe space, support, and other services to our community.”

- Jessi Purdy

Founder & CEO / Training Facilitator , FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC / Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

Jessi Purdy

FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC Founder & CEO  Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition -Training Facilitator

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Jessica is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Consultant and Employee Life-cycle Manager with a focus on fostering inclusive cultures through policy, training, and discussion. Her clients have benefited from Cultural Competency Training, DEI Initiative Planning, Policy Audits, and Policy Development. She has also assisted in the creation of Employee Communication Strategies and Employee Recognition Programs.

In addition to being the CEO & Founder of FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC, she is also a Training Facilitator for the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, public speaker, an LGBTQIA+ rights activist, published poet, member of the Central PA LGBTQ Leaders Roundtable, and First Board Chair of the Lancaster Pride Association. Her experience in employee development began with military service and continued throughout her civilian career as she moved from an entry-level position through Service, Branch, and Regional Manager positions before becoming the Director of Culture and Talent for the C3 Agency and, ultimately, founding FIC Human Resource Partners, LLC.

Join our coworking community!

The Candy Factory is a coworking space established in 2010 and located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster PA. We are a community of professionals who have found a new way to work. Coworking and shared workspaces help promote business growth, creative thinking, shared brilliance and collaboration while offering an affordable office solution for small businesses, freelancers, remote workers, and non-profits. 

Member Highlight – Adam Kehler

Member Highlight – Adam Kehler

"As a remote worker, I've been at the Candy Factory since 2016 and have benefited both personally and professionally from the connections I've made here and the awesome work environment."Adam Kehler  Online Business Systems - Principal Consultant and Healthcare...

Tie-Dye Day: Keeping it Silly AND Safe

Tie-Dye Day: Keeping it Silly AND Safe

  ________________ This past Saturday a small number of families gathered in the Candy Factory parking lot for some much-needed fun. The idea of any kind of social gathering at this moment in history can feel like an overwhelmingly daunting task for many. I am...

Member Highlight – Othelia Marie Sierra

Member Highlight – Othelia Marie Sierra

"I love co-working here! The benefits of being a member here reach far beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is a magical, inspiring space to work in."Othelia Marie Sierra The Math Mentors - Tutor, Founder ________________ From an early age, Othelia found great...

Jelly Bellies NOW OPEN

 We love our little munchkins, but we also understand the struggle all parents feel trying to juggle work and childcare. Sometimes you need a place to get work done, meet with a client, network, or just take a deep breath. That is why we are excited to announce jelly bellies, a supervised play facility located at The Candy Factory. Schedule a tour today!

Welcome Arianna

We’d like to welcome Arianna to The Candy Factory and The Sweet Core team as our Jelly Bellies supervisor and facilitator of fun!

She will be responsible for watching over and organizing fun activities for your kiddos.