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Newsletter - May 2024

Updated: 7 days ago


We are excited to fill you in on what Echo has been up, announcements, upcoming webinars, new tutorials, StrAlign product release news, and more...


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Letter from the Founder


Dear Reader,


We hope this letter finds you well. While I will avoid sharing my thoughts on the state of the union, I’d love to share a few thoughts on the “State of Work” in 2024. 

 

Over the last few months, I have attended several conferences I’ve learned about:


  • Women Owned Small Businesses (Echo is WOSB + WBE certified) – and the awesome new opportunities to partner and collaborate

  • Smartsheet - exciting changes coming to the platform / roadmap for strategic project and portfolio management

  • Microsoft - new apps like Loop, updates to Planner, and Co-Pilot capabilities to help make no-code and low code development more accessible to workers

  • VBSR - Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the future of our community is in our hands

  • MIT’s CIO Symposium and risks and opportunities AI poses and how hybrid work environments are changing the role of IT

  • Government contracting opportunities at both the State and Federal level for small businesses – and working with agencies to deliver the best services to the American people


I have met hundreds of different people across the country and globally, and there is a common theme: empowering people to do their best work.

 

Here are some key thoughts I would like to share with you :


  • The state of work can be chaotic, stressful, frustrating, and draining. Hybrid and remote work continues to be a point of contention between organizations and the workforce.

  • People want to work with value-driven organizations and change the world for the better.

  • There is a trend in the industry of moving from project management offices that govern / enforce processes towards strategy and value management organizations to enable and mobilize.


At Echo, our mission continues to grow, and we lean into our goals to empower people to embrace their strengths, ditch the chaos, find their groove. In order for people to do their best work, they need to be engaged, challenged, appreciated and know that their efforts are valued and make a difference. Work management is so much more than tools and platforms – it is a continuous improvement process that brings together the right balance of people, process, and technology to maximize value.

 

Thank you for being a part of the Echo Consulting community. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and make the most impact from your work.


Onwards and Upwards!


Molly Yanus

Founder + Solution Architect

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🎉 Celebrating 5 Years of Echo

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Please join us in celebrating Echo’s 5th anniversary! 


Thank you for being part of our amazing and supportive community! Come meet our team and check out our offices at Hula with gorgeous lake views from the patio, delicious appetizers, and local drinks. Whether you are a new face, client, partner, friend, family, or just a curious onlooker checking out the free food – you are welcome and we are excited to see you!



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📆 Upcoming Events

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You're invited to Echo’s first-ever Smartsheet Meet-up in Burlington, Vermont at Hula!


Time & Location

Jun 26, 2024, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Burlington, 50 Lakeside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

About the event

Whether you are new to Smartsheet or a seasoned user, this meet-up is the perfect opportunity to enhance your skills, discover new ways to optimize your projects, and connect with a community of like-minded professionals. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn, share, and grow in a fun and supportive environment.



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📢 New Announcements

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Did you know that Echo was a Teamwork Partner?  We are excited to announce our partnership because it enhances our project management capabilities, and provides greater efficiency within our teams. Additionally, this partnership allows us to leverage Teamwork.com's innovative features to deliver superior client outcomes and drive business growth.

Caroline Henne achieved her Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst Associate Certificate! 🎉 CONGRATULATIONS 🎉 




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💻 New Tutorials


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Planner Tutorial: Using Microsoft Planner and Loop for Project Management

 

Caroline shows you how the new Planner app in Teams can be used together with Loop App for project management.




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Airtable Tutorial: How to create a dynamic dropdown


Follow along with Molly as she demonstrates how to dynamically populate a drop-down and group data by category within a table.



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🚀 New Release from StrAlign

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New Release: Flexible Field Types and Draft Saving

 

Introducing Field Type Flexibility! 🔄 Seamlessly transform field types to suit your needs, from single to multi-select and beyond. Experience the power of customization! 💡





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