“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


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.

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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. 

Pride Month Member Feature: Lori Johnson

Pride Month Member Feature: Lori Johnson

This June, we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members! Meet Lori! "Owner of Ladies Start Your Engines! With over 30 years in the automotive industry helping women become empowered by teaching a hands-on light maintenance class about their vehicle....

Welcome Amanda Hodgen: Jelly Bellies Facilitator of Fun!

Welcome Amanda Hodgen: Jelly Bellies Facilitator of Fun!

 Fun Facts:I can play the violin (and also own a mandolin, clarinet, and keyboard). My family has lived in Lancaster county going back approximately four generations.Jelly BelliesAt Jelly Bellies, we provide a fun safe place for kids to enjoy while their parents get...

Pride Month Member Feature: Alex Redcay

Pride Month Member Feature: Alex Redcay

This June, we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members! Meet Alex! "Hey everyone! I teach at MIllersville and run a non-profit. I was born in PA and left for 21 years but returned in 2016. I am glad to be back and plan to stay. I love living in Lancaster...

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.