Event Calendar

Breakthrough Leaders for Sustainable Food Systems Professional Certificate @ University of Vermont
May 20 – Jun 7 all-day

True leadership is about the capacity of people and communities to shape the futures they desire. Our innovative 3-week online and on-campus cross-disciplinary program develops visionary leaders by offering solutions to the social, environmental, diet, and health impacts of our food system.

The University of Vermont is a recognized leader in the food systems movement, providing you with unique access to hands-on learning and collaboration with scholars, activists, leaders, and professionals in the field. We take you on a journey through every step of the interconnected food system.

Learn more about UVM Continuing and Distance Education

Vermont Mentoring Symposium @ Waterbury State Offices Complex
May 23 all-day

MENTOR Vermont will convene the 2019 Vermont Mentoring Symposium at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Thursday, May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This day-long conference is the only professional development and networking opportunity of its kind focused on youth mentoring in Vermont, and will bring together more than 50 youth mentoring program staff, board members, and supporters from across the state for a day of networking and professional development. Registration is $35 per person, and people can register by visiting www.mentorvt.org.

This year, with support from Community Bank, N.A., the Symposium will feature a keynote address from Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research at the University of Vermont. The theme for this year’s event is “Empowering Young People Through a Strengths-Based Approach.”

“A mentor’s most important role is to see the potential, strengths and abilities within their mentees–often before the mentees see those qualities themselves,” said Susie Merrick, healthy schools coordinator in the South Burlington School District, and a member of the Symposium planning team. “The workshops intentionally take on three topics that substantially impact young people today: race, gender and mental health. Those of us involved in mentoring recognize that to truly empower young people, we must first do the hard work of addressing and dismantling the barriers that stand in the way of that empowerment, including barriers within ourselves.”

Specific workshops will include: “A Dialogue about Race and Equity for Mentoring Coordinators” (facilitated by Michael Hill, Jr., student assistant program counselor for Burlington High School and adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont), “LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training” (facilitated by Skylar Wolfe, director of safeSpace anti-violence program, and Taylor Small, director of health & wellness program, from the Pride Center of Vermont), and “Youth Mental Health” (facilitated by Sean Perry, co-founder and president of We R H.O.P.E., Inc.). At the conclusion of the day, there will be a working session for mentoring programs that serve youth 12 and up on a guidebook MENTOR Vermont is helping to develop for mentors on how mentors can better support mentees with thinking about and exploring their options for after high school (facilitated by Kathi Terami, executive director of Careers CLiC, and Chad Butt, executive director of MENTOR Vermont).

Support for the workshops has been made possible by The Alchemist Foundation, Larkin Hospitality, and VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation).

The event will also include a lunch and networking hour, and peer-facilitated group discussions for mentoring programs in specific regions of the state. The Symposium is also sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites (Waterbury-Stowe), Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, Local Muscle Movers, and National Life Group.

The Vermont Mentoring Symposium is planned and organized by MENTOR Vermont and members of its Program Leadership Council, an advisory group comprised of elected representatives from mentoring programs across the state that advises and assists the organization with its various youth mentoring initiatives.

About Mentoring: According to the “Mentoring Effect,” a study released in 2014 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, one in three youth in Vermont will enter adulthood without having a formal or informal mentoring relationship with a caring adult. National studies by MENTOR and Big Brothers Big Sisters demonstrate that youth with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, and they are more likely to develop positive relationships with peers and adults and pursue college and other post-secondary opportunities. Based on the 2018 Vermont Mentoring Surveys, nearly 72 percent of middle and high school youth supported by mentoring programs in Vermont feel like they matter to people in their community, and more than 88 percent of mentors play a direct role in their mentee’s education.

About MENTOR Vermont: MENTOR Vermont (formerly known as Mobius) supports 140 adult-to-youth mentoring program sites that serve 2,300 mentor pairs throughout the state. The organization awards more than $300,000 to youth mentoring agencies annually through the Vermont Mentoring Grants, which are made possible by support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. Additionally, MENTOR Vermont offers technical support to program staff, maintains an online program directory and referral system for volunteers, manages a quality-based program management database, raises public awareness of mentoring, works with programs to ensure they are meeting best practices, and leads statewide mentoring initiatives. For more information about mentoring programs and initiatives in Vermont, visit www.mentorvt.org.

Overcoming Adversity: Bold Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction (Howard Center) @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington
Jun 3 all-day

This day-long conference will host Charles Blow, Nadia Bolz Weber, Johann Hari, Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. and Sandra Steingard, M.D., who will reflect on current and future trends in mental health and addiction treatment, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice. Throughout the day, speakers will share their perspectives and personal stories–inspiring attendees to think boldly and create new pathways to overcome adversity, influence policy, and improve access to care that is inclusive and available to all.

Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference
Jun 5 all-day

The Department of Housing and Community Development presents the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at downtown venues across the City of Montpelier.  The event is made possible by a partnership with Preservation Trust of VermontMontpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier and participating sponsors.

Conference Schedule


Take advantage of the early bird rate until May 15th by registering now.  Space is limited and the conference may sell out quickly.

Employee Ownership Conference @ Davis Center, UVM
Jun 12 all-day


May 10, 2019 — Registration is now live for the Vermont Employee Ownership Conference, to be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 7:30am to 5:00pm. The conference will offer a morning keynote by Janet M. Edmunson, M.ED., principal of JME Insights, who will speak on how the strength of relationships within employee-owned companies can drive their success, and how companies can support the growth of their people to their best potential.

This conference is designed for business owners interested in learning more about employee ownership as an exit strategy; anyone interested in employee participation or sustainable business models; employees of established employee-owned companies; economic development professionals; bankers, accountants, attorneys, and financial planners.

A sampling of topics include:

● An Introduction to Employee Ownership

● Is an ESOP Feasible for My Company?

● Ownership Transition: Laying the Groundwork for Becoming a Worker-Owned Co-op

● Strengthening Ownership Culture Through Continuous Improvement

● Best Ideas for Communications in Employee-Owned Companies

For more details, please visit www.veoc.org/conference, or contact VEOC staff with any questions: info@veoc.org

The Camera & the Pen: A Creative Storytelling Retreat for Nonprofits @ The Grand Isle Lake House
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day

Good photography is an integral part of nonprofit storytelling. It is often our first – and lasting – impression of an organization. Compelling imagery creates a successful message by connecting our audience to the subject of the story, literally, in a blink of an eye. But, for many nonprofits, photography is an after-thought and good photography is elusive.

Join us for this two-day workshop, a rare opportunity to dig deep into the how, what and why of visual storytelling by focusing on the real-world skills needed for creating beautiful photographs and compelling written storylines. Come explore and practice how a harmonious marriage of text and image allows your nonprofit stories to fully live and breathe and connect your communities through action. This is a process-oriented workshop. Each participant will have time to go out and write and shoot “on assignment” to practice visual storytelling. The goal is to learn the process by example during the workshop and apply it to your own organization.

Come be inspired and mentored in your visual storytelling by an internationally renowned photographer and a Vermont-based communications professional. Stretch your creative self and work with fellow nonprofit storytellers in a beautiful setting on the lakeshore of Grand Isle. Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience!

Lab Leaders: David Middleton and Kate Harbaugh

Level: All Levels Welcome!

Cost includes lab instruction, dinner on the 18th, breakfast and lunch on the 19th, and overnight accommodations. Most rooms are shared rooms; a limited number of singles may be available.

This retreat is limited to 20 participants. Register soon as we fully expect this to sell out early.