Event Calendar

VBSR Program: Cultivating Talent Through Inclusivity
Oct 25 all-day
Join more than 150 Vermont businesspeople at VBSR’s fall program to learn best practices for attracting and retaining top talent from diverse applicant pools. Keynote address by Dr. Jude Smith Rachele, CEO of Abundant Sun.
Throughout this half-day conference, learn to support employees in recovery, explore policies for leveraging a multi-generational workforce, and build better skills for navigating differences in culture & class in professional contexts. Share the day’s lessons with new friends and colleagues at the closing networking reception sponsored by Marlboro College.
Vermont Story Lab Storytelling Labs @ Waterbury Municipal Offices
Oct 26 all-day

Date:  Friday, Oct. 26
Location: Waterbury Municipal Offices, Steele Community Room



This interactive course will guide participants through the nuts and bolts of storytelling and focus on the most effective ways to craft and share their own stories. We will begin by identifying the foundational elements of a good story and analyzing what distinguishes a compelling story from basic information. We will then explore approaches and mediums for sharing those stories, from interviews to profiles, annual reports to special events, and mini-videos to podcasts. Participants will have time to work on a story for their own organization and take away an understanding of the kinds of stories that can help distinguish their organization, and the many ways they can begin to mine them.

Level: Intro

Time: 9 am-12 pm

Facilitators: Holly Brough, Shelburne Farms; Allison Cleary, St. Michael’s College

Session 2: STORY-CENTERED FUNDRAISING APPEALS: Do your direct-mail fundraising appeals seem flat and uninspiring? Are you looking to create compelling, story-centered appeals that move supporters to donate? And how do you decide which organizational story to highlight anyway? This lab session will showcase a variety of diverse story-based appeals as strong examples using various layouts and designs. Bring your own story idea to our session and begin work on it with feedback from the group.

Level: Intro-Intermediate

Time: 1-4 pm

Facilitator: Marybeth Redmond, Nonprofit Consultant; Partner, Vermont Story Lab