Client Spotlight: Virginia Retirement System

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Client Spotlight: Virginia Retirement System

Client Spotlight: Virginia Retirement System

Every time I meet with Jan, she inspires me to be a better leader.

– Ken Robertson
Human Resources Director
Virginia Retirement System


Fortis Leadership has provided executive coaching to the Virginia Retirement System, helped teams navigate through personnel challenges and hosted VRS staff in the Evolving Leaders Program.

“Jan is a wonderfully talented trainer and coach,” Ken Robertson, Human Resources Director, says. “When Jan founded Fortis Leadership, I knew we needed to work with her.”

Robertson notes Fortis Leadership methodology — extending teaching over a period of time so staff can work out their learning between sessions — is a great asset. “It reinforces the notion of what you need to be doing on the job, helping the learning stick,” Robertson says.

When VRS experienced a personnel challenge between supervisor and staff, Robertson sought out Fortis Leadership. Robertson reflects, “Jan has led interventions with some of our work units to improve employee relations and productivity, help managers and staff work together, and get the best results we can in a cooperative way.”

Ultimately, Robertson recognizes the benefits through how the Fortis Leadership strengthens the VRS team:

Jan reinforces the direction I am trying to lead the VRS — a dynamic leadership style, where people have the skills they need to lead their people — in order for VRS to be successful.