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Keynotes - 2017 Spring Conference

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Conference Keynotes 
Morning Keynote: Annette Rexroad
Co-founder of Rex's Outrageous Road Crew Crunch
Life is a highway: Knowing When to Take the Right Exit
Founded in January 2006, Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch began on a dirt road in Jericho, VT and continued its journey across county roads to state highways and finally interstates – with all sorts of speed bumps and detours along the way. In 2015, a once in a lifetime opportunity presented itself and Annette and her husband sold Road Crew Crunch. Annette presents a map of how she and her husband navigated a life of business and family and found the right exit to the road less traveled. 

Annette Rexroad, MPH, PhD believes that we should all live a life that takes you from ordinary to outrageous. As an entrepreneur, mother & homeschooling parent, Annette spent the past decade balancing a growing business with a growing family alongside her husband & best friend, Rex. In 2015 they were presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity and sold their business, Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch, and now serve as the Founders, Innovation Team & Brand Ambassadors for the company.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Road Crew Crunch & Legado. When not traveling, Annette lives in Essex Junction, Vermont with her husband, three active boys and two rescue dogs.


Lunchtime Speaker: Madeleine Kunin
Former governor of Vermont
Women Business Owners: Using Our Voices, Staying Engaged and Empowered       
Madeleine May Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman in the U.S. to serve three terms. She was a state legislator for three terms, and Lt. Governor for two terms.

She served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. department of Education and U.S Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. She is currently a Marsh professor at the University of Vermont and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. She is the founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a non-governmental organization, focused on climate change and civil society. She is founder and board member of Emerge Vermont, an organization which trains women to run for public office.

    Afternoon Keynote: Laurie-Ann Murabito
    Rethink Your Leadership: Re-Define * Re-Empower * Re-Engage
    Based on Laurie-Ann's latest Amazon Best Selling book, engagement is not an option but a necessity. Businesses that focus on engagement between their teams, prospects, customer and patients have the edge in today’s competitive economy. Laurie-Ann will share easy real life tactics that will help you grow and engage others. “Leadership is not what you do, it’s who you become.” From Rethink Leadership

    Laurie-Ann Murabito is an award winning speaker and two time Amazon Best Selling Author of Rethink Leadership and Rethink Your Leadership. She makes the connection between leadership and its impact on the engagement of frontline employees to advance the organization. With over 20 years of experience in healthcare, she leads organizations and business owners through a systematic approach to weave new attitudes, behaviors and engagement skills to stay competitive in today’s economy. The result is a greater commitment to the mission and a rekindling of purpose. Laurie-Ann’s client list include Johnson and Johnson, Far West Recycling, Bankers Insurance, Baystate Financial, Florida State SHRM 2015 and other great Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

    Our Emcee for the Day: Leora Dowling 
    Leora Dowling, owner of Lee.Speak LLC, is a public speaking coach and communication consultant. She helps people overcome their fear of public speaking, create (and deliver) effective presentations, improve their intra- and interpersonal communication skills, and enhance their emotional intelligence. A college professor, professional speaker, and writer, Lee has an extensive client base of private individuals, small- to medium-sized companies, and nonprofit organizations. She is currently finishing a book, The Gift: A New Mindset for Public Speaking, and developing an online course called Present: with Purpose, Power and Pride.

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