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  • October 24, 2015 12:32 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    "The Networking Experience: Communication", Friday, October 24th, 10am-5pm at the Holiday Inn, Burlington.  

    **Join business professionals from all over Vermont for a coaching course on how to improve your communication skills while you are networking!  This course is being presented BNI Vermont, a featured trainer Markey Read of Career Networks by discussing your Myers-Briggs personality traits, how others interpret those traits, and how you can more appropriately use your skills and the understanding of others' skills to communicate more clearly and build your business through word-of-mouth!  The course includes lunch and afternoon snack, as well as all training materials.**

    LOCATION: Holiday Inn Burlington, Williston Rd, S Burlington

    COST: $125.00 (cash, check or credit card)

    SEATING: limited at the first 25 registrations


  • October 08, 2015 9:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars! Come join the Vermont Commission on Women and Women’s Legislative Caucus at the Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at the Vermont State House.

    Women make up half of our state's workforce and are critical to Vermont’s economic future. The aim of this summit will be to generate a range of policy recommendations that better support women as essential contributors to their families’ economic security and to Vermont’s economy as a whole. From wages and benefits to work-family balance and caring for children, come hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss policies that will not only improve the economic well being of women and their families, but all Vermonters.  

  • October 06, 2015 3:54 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    UVM Outreach Blog: Why Professional Development Matters to Your Employees

    By Markey Read, Chief Consultant at Career Networks

    Yes, professional development matters. But what if I can’t accommodate employees’ professional goals? The challenge for a manager is to balance the employees’ desires with their actual talents and the company needs. So maybe the administrative assistant is not given the title of operations manager, but she could take leadership on redesigning the office space or locating a new office; and the financial analyst could assume administration of payroll and benefits instead of becoming the human resource manager.

    Click HERE for more about UVM’s online and on-campus health certificates and Graduate programs.

  • October 03, 2015 9:00 AM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)
    Join in an Avatar Resurfacing® Weekend Workshop.  October 3rd/4th or October 10th/11th 

    Are you ready to spend some time on you? Learn how your beliefs affect your experiences.  Participate in simple and powerful exercises to quiet your mind.  Discover your own beliefs.  Increase your ability to control your attention, have true compassion, and create inspiring goals.   

    LOCATION: October 3/4 in Woodstock, VT or October 10/11 in Fairfield, CT

    COST: $295

    Call Jill Davies to find out more @ 203 919 6393

  • September 30, 2015 4:09 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)


    Grant Will Fund State Feasibility Study for Paid Family and Medical Leave

    (MONTPELIER, Vt., September 29, 2015) – The Vermont Commission on Women will receive a $173,794 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau to study the feasibility of developing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. Such a program would ensure all Vermont workers have access to paid time off to care for themselves, a new child, or a seriously ill family member, the Department of Labor announced today.

    These funds are to be used for planning purposes, including research and analysis, examining program design and eligibility guidelines. In addition to Vermont, the grants—totaling $1.55 million—were awarded to five other states: California, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Washington; and to two municipalities: New York City and Montgomery County in Maryland.  Read the US DOL Women’s Bureau press release for more information.

    Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT., said: “I congratulate the Vermont Commission on Women on receiving this well-deserved grant. As more states move forward on paid family and medical leave, it is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This grant will help ensure that Vermont, led by the Commission’s efforts, will formulate a strategy that meets the needs of our working families and businesses alike.”

    Governor Peter Shumlin stated, “Most Vermonters agree that if you’re sick you shouldn’t be faced with the decision to either go to work and put others at risk or miss work, sacrifice your paycheck, and potentially lose your job. That’s why this study is vital in allowing us to better recognize needs of families, as well as costs and burdens to businesses so that we may move forward in a balanced and thoughtful way to bring this important benefit to working Vermonters. I am so proud of the good work being done by the Vermont Commission on Women and congratulate them on their successful application for a Paid Leave Analysis grant by the Department of Labor.”

    Responding to the grant announcement earlier today, Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, said, “This money comes at an opportune time, as public conversation, political will and legislative momentum in support of paid leave have intensified in Vermont. People are recognizing the reality that in 2015, most families have both parents in the workforce, and supporting working families is not only the right thing to do, it supports business and the state economy.  We want to applaud the Department of Labor for prioritizing the needs of all workers, and for investing in Vermont. The Commission has been working for 51 years to expand opportunities for women in the workforce and we look forward to exploring solutions that suit the needs of both employers and workers.” 

    "This is an exciting opportunity to explore how we can better support Vermont families.” remarked State Representative Jill Krowinski, Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus,  “I thank the Vermont Commission on Women for their leadership on this grant.  We know that access to paid family and medical leave can improve economic security for women.  On October 8th, the Commission and the Vermont Women's Legislative Caucus will be hosting a Women's Economic Security Summit at the State House and are thrilled to host Latifa Lyles, the Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, as our guest speaker."

    The Vermont Commission on Women’s grant work will consist of analysis of potential administrative structures, including both public and private insurance models.  Grant work will also examine costs of a program: both employee-funded and combination employer/employee funded models; implementation costs; usage, cost and coverage for both male and female workers; and a cost-benefit analysis.  The study also will collect and analyze data regarding current practices of employers and employees; public opinion; the practical impact on employers; the need for access by both men and women; and the impact on children and families.  

    Read the full Press Release here...

  • August 31, 2015 6:46 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    The City of Burlington has put out a RFP for concessions at the arena at Leddy Park, due September 25th.

    Peak times are Wed, Fri, and Sat nights in the winter for hockey games.  Great for someone looking for opportunities beyond farmer’s markets.  The concessioner would have access to the kitchen year-round - great for a catering business, etc.

  • August 28, 2015 12:33 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Lori Lustberg was quoted as an expert in a July 23rd article in U.S. News & World Report Money entitled "How to Split Parenting Expenses With Your Ex". Read it here...


  • August 28, 2015 12:31 PM | Kendra Kenney (Administrator)

    Laura Lind-Blum has a special offer on her one-of-a-kind wearable art Astrological Birthchart Bracelets  Use the discount code: SHOPLAUNCH25 for a 25% discount on your custom bracelet. This highly personal talisman represents the map of the sky at the moment of your birth; a map of your personal path. A very special gift, for yourself or someone you love. 


  • May 18, 2015 11:04 AM | Jill Meyers (Administrator)

    Tuesdays May 12th through June 16, 6pm - 7:15pm

    Pre-register for the networking study/conversation group by contacting

    $15 to drop in for the networking and conversation session


    Join this unique 6 week opportunity as a companion to the Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change Course s a MOOC by Case Western Reserve University and Coursera.

    Engaging in both the formal course work presented by Diana Bilimoria, PhD through Coursera and the conversation group facilitated by Learning and Leadership Coach, Kristin Humbargar, will bring the best of high level virtual content, community based personalized learning and conversation together. Meeting at Living Room, Center of Positivity, 8 Railroad Avenue, Essex Jct.

    $80 or full course (limited seating available) 

  • April 07, 2015 4:27 PM | Jill Meyers (Administrator)
    Leading With Grace: Tango-Inspired Leadership Enrichment for Women

    July 16-19, 2015  ~  Sky Meadow Retreat Center, Stannard, VT

    Our ability to lead expands our capacity to influence the world around us.  This retreat offers women leadership skills through the wisdom and power of the body in collaborative motion.  We’ll engage in inspiring movement activities, share readings and short writings, have themed discussions, and enjoy the retreat center–a rural oasis for hiking, swimming, and relaxing. Women of all ages currently in leadership positions or planning to become leaders are welcome.

    Instructor/host Elizabeth M. Seyler, Ph.D. is a small business owner, university instructor, and writer/researcher.  She has been teaching movement studies to adults for 15 years and excels at making people of all ages and abilities feel genuinely welcome and relaxed.

    Early Birds: Register by May 1, and $385 covers the program, meals & lodging. After May 1, it’s $435.

    More info at or contact Elizabeth at or 802-399-9834.

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