Nonprofit Management Summer Camp @ Marlboro Graduate School
Aug 23 all-day
Nonprofit Management Summer Camp @ Marlboro Graduate School | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

The third annual Nonprofit Management Summer Camp is a retreat for nonprofit professionals in beautiful southern Vermont. Participants have the opportunity to take two workshops focused on the competencies of their choice. Workshops are tool-based, out-of-your-seat sessions, that encourage participation, connection, and fun. Summer Camp is an inexpensive way to receive the training you need in an amount of time you can work with. Join us for a full day (9am to 4pm) of catching up, connecting with your nonprofit colleagues and innovating sector leaders, and eating s’mores. Camp fee is $75, $65 for graduate school alumni.


Register online.

5 Practices for Smooth Collaboration Between Founders and Teams Webinar @ Webinar - Online
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
5 Practices for Smooth Collaboration Between Founders and Teams Webinar @ Webinar - Online | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Save the Date!

Common Good Vermont will be hosting a free webinar with Round Sky Solutions on August 23rd at 12:00 pm. 

For mission-driven leaders, smooth collaboration between founders and their teams can be a lingering challenge. Resulting conflicts can lead to increased turnover rate, staff silos, isolated founders, and a lack of accountability. Getting past the common challenges that founders and their teams so often experience, enables teams and their founders to work better together while building stronger and more effective teams, leading to happy, successful, and fulfilled staff and more easily actualized missions


In this webinar, Cecile Green starts by examining common issues that teams and founders face. We’ll look at a workable definition of “founder’s syndrome”, including some of it’s key symptoms. Then, we’ll dig into specific practices for smooth collaboration and teamwork between founders and teams from the perspective first of those of us who work with founders in one way or another, followed by some thoughts from the perspective of being a founder. Register here to be a part of this important conversation on how we work together!

Catalysts of the Climate Economy: National Innovation Summit @ Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit

Catalysts of the Climate Economy (cc:econ) is a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are accelerating economic development by solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change. The summit will feature speeches, roundtables, and discussion groups with industry leaders, an innovation and pitch contest for entrepreneurs, and “innovation tours” to exemplary Vermont locations guided by summit speakers and other changemakers. Visit for the full speaker lineup, schedule, registration information, and more.


2017 Young Professional Summit of Vermont @ THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Sep 9 all-day
Common Good Vermont will be hosting a breakout session at this year’s Young Professional Summit. Join us as we talk about the roles of the nonprofit sector, professional development, community action, and our state economy.
The Young Professionals Summit of Vermont is an annual, one-day event for Vermonters to network, share ideas, and confront issues faced by the state’s young workforce. Equal parts professional development and community action, the summit aims to empower young people to create positive change by connecting them with business leaders, policymakers, and, most importantly, each other.  Anyone with an interest in contributing to the future of Vermont is encouraged to participate.
Aging in Vermont: Communities on the Move Conference @ Killington Grand Resort and Conference Center
Sep 15 all-day

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Storybook Tour: Stories From A Solo 11,491-Mile Drive Across America Katherine Freund, Social Entrepreneur for Senior Mobility and Founder of Independent Transportation Network of America.
PLENARY SESSION: Self-Neglect: Understanding and Community Response
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Understanding the Needs of Caregivers and Available Resources and Support; Self-Care for Professional Service Providers and Volunteers: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Burnout; How to Start and Manage a Volunteer Program; Innovations in Nutrition and Meals Programs; Transportation

Senator Leahy’s 21st Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference @ Vermont Technical College
Sep 16 all-day

You are invited to Senator Leahy’s 21st Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference!

The 2017 conference includes a keynote address by Mary Alice McKenzie and workshops hosted by Vermont presenters. This year’s conference will also highlight the work of Change The Story VT through workshops and group discussions. Visit Senator Leahy’s website for conference agenda, detailed workshop information and speaker bios.

Registration is free. Please register by Friday, September 8th at noon to reserve your spot!

Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees. Child care must be pre-arranged; please indicate when you register if you will require child care services. Child care availabilty is limited, so please email Heather at for availability.

Information for attendees with disabilities: Arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and associated amendments. Arrangements for accommodation should be requested two weeks in advance by calling Senator Leahy’s office at (802) 229-0569 or emailing


What is the cost to attend?

In the interest of making this conference accessible to all Vermonters, there is no charge to register. Continental breakfast, lunch and pre-arranged child care are also provided free with registration.

How to Register by Phone? 

Please call Vicki at (802) 728-9101.

What Workshops will be offered?

AM Session 1 9:45-10:45 AM

  1. Investing in Women (You Don’t Have to be a Millionaire!)
  2. Find a Career that Fits
  3. Ask for More, Get More: The Art of Salary Negotiation
  4. Start Your Own Business
  5. Personal Branding Your Business Story (LinkedIn)

AM Session 2 11:00-12:00 PM

  1. Making the Most of Your Money
  2. Living and Loving the Gig Life
  3. You’re (Al)ready Enough – Mindfulness in Leadership
  4. Navigating the Field When You Are The “Only” One

AM Session 3 9:45am-11:30 PM

  1. Start Here Before Jumping into the Social Media Mud Pit
  2. Beyond the Power Pose – Building Authentic Confidence
  3. Pitch the Story of Your Business Marketing
  4. Smashing Sexism – Movies and Mentors
  5. Women’s Car Care Clinic: What You Need to Know

PM Session 1:15 – 2:45 PM (Presentation by Change The Story for all attendees)

Stories of Change – For Women, For Vermont

Other Questions?

Please call Katie Alexander in Senator Leahy’s Montpelier office at (802) 229-0569.

Bolder Board Training – Dan Pallotta Event @ Saratoga Springs City Center
Sep 23 all-day

The Bolder Board Training helps nonprofit boards awaken, articulate and pursue their most magnificent dreams. It teaches boards how to work with their CEOs to create audacious possibilities for impact. It is the first board training designed specifically to offer boards a pragmatic and conscientious alternative to the culture of financial deprivation and constriction that they often find themselves upholding. It is not a traditional training on governance and finance. It is an immersion in possibility and aspiration that positively and radically disrupts traditional ways of thinking.

Jazz Jam 2017 @ Champlain College
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join us for our 5th Annual Jazz Jam.

We look forward to an exciting event celebrating and supporting our mission while enjoying the sounds of exceptional local jazz musicians, including: Jodi Albright, Paul Asbell, Audrey Bernstein, Jane Boxall, Joe Capps, Lara Cwass, Kathleen Dolan, Houston Illo, Glendon Ingalls, Jenni Johnson & the Junketeers, Emily Ryan, Jeff Salisbury, Mark Van Gulden, Ray Vega, George Voland, and Gus Ziesing.

In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction.

Thank you to our event sponsors

Leadership Level

Empowerment Level
Patricia Fontaine

Community Level
BioTek Instruments Inc.
John Bossange
Community Bank, N.A.
Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group
Virginia L. Hood
Northfield Savings Bank
ReArch Company
The Tech Group, Inc.
Vermont Wine Merchants

New England Information, Referral and Assistance Symposium @ Waterbury State Office Complex
Sep 25 all-day

Vermont Information, Referral and Assistance Symposium will provide educational and professional development opportunities promoting the skills and standards of providing information and referral.

This day of collaborative learning will offer networking opportunities with colleagues from across New England. Through workshops, you’ll learn practical strategies and new skills, explore establishing a formalized membership association across New England and better understand the professional dimensions of I&R/A services through best practices and the self- assessment tool.

We are fortunate to have an amazing group of guest speakers, workshop facilitators, attendees, volunteers, and organizers come together to strengthen the field of I&R and support the important work of its professionals.

Speaking Events and Topics include:
• “From Data to Information: Using Interactive Dashboards & Visualizations”
• Vermont Congressional Delegation representatives with “Updates from Washington”
• “How Effective Storytelling Through Social Media and Technology Cultivates Donors &
Drives Your Mission”
• On Site AIRS Examinations
• Self-Assessment & Standards
• Confidence in Any Weather: Saying No and Managing Difficult Conversations
• Identifying and Empowering Problem Callers
• And much, much more!

10th Annual Public Performance Conference: Sustaining Performance in Times of Transition @ David J. Sargent Hall, Suffolk University
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day

Announcing the 10th Annual Public Performance Conference! Hosted by the National Center for Public Performance, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers
University-Newark, and the Sawyer Business School Institute for Public Service at Suffolk University. The topic of this conference will be how organizations design, implement and
sustain performance innovations that can withstand times of transition and change.

Performance measurement is becoming more and more common across the public and nonprofit sectors. Organizations have proven to be very good at beginning performance and innovation initiatives, but less so when the longevity of these systems has been tested. We seek to better understand how performance measurement and management systems can withstand the pressures of political and institutional change and sustain themselves for the long term.

This conference will bring together the best minds in the professional and academic worlds to discuss performance measurement, program innovations, best practices, and emerging paradigms of public performance.

We will have panel discussions concerning:
• Sustaining Performance Systems During Transitions
• Public Health and Social Service Performance
• Open Data: Transparency & Performance
• Performance in Local Government
• Community Oriented Performance

Vermont Story Lab Summit @ Shelburne Farms
Sep 29 all-day

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Once a year, the Vermont Story Lab invites nonprofits and individuals passionate about storytelling to come together to share their ideas, questions and “home-run” projects, as well as to build skills. We’ve got an action-packed day in store for you at Shelburne Farms’ Coach Barn! Plan on: hands-on workshops, superb oral storytellers, troubleshooting your storytelling projects, and a networking reception. Meet colleagues from across the state who love nonprofit storytelling as much as you do!


Save the Date: 2017 Con Hogan Awards @ Vermont College of Fine Arts
Oct 4 all-day

Save the date for the 2017 Con Hogan Awards

The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership recognizes Con and his life’s work by encouraging and rewarding leaders who share his vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good, and seize the responsibility for making that vision real by using data and measurement, monitoring a plan of action, and making strategic adjustments along the way.

Con Hogan is an important figure in Vermont. From his work in the public, nonprofit and private for-profit sectors, he exemplifies the kind of thinking and leadership that Vermont needs as we address the challenges of a new century. Con’s down-to-earth management approach is backed by both sophisticated, tested theory and a nuts-and-bolts practicality.

Whether the focus is corrections, child well-being or health care, Con serves his state by working to understand the fundamentals of the current situation, finding experts who can educate him about what he doesn’t know, setting a vision for what’s possible and getting to work to make that vision reality. Throughout this process, he keeps his eye on whether his project is producing the desired results. If it’s not, he looks for another way to get the results.

The Con Hogan Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership Award is a $15,000 cash award that recognizes the work of a Vermont community leader who shares with Con the traits listed below.

To learn more, visit

Registration links will be posted when ticket sales begin. 

Watch last year’s Con Hogan Award for Creative Leadership

Lunafest Women’s Short Film Festival: a Benefit for Girls on the Run Vermont @ Main Street Landing Film House
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lunafest is a national film festival that features short films by, for, and about women. This year, Vermont’s Lunafest will be hosted by Girls on the Run Vermont and funds raised from the evening will go to our Every Girl Fund which helps ensure that more local girls, and future leaders of Vermont, have access to our after-school empowerment program.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Karen Newman, world-class triathlete, cancer and eating disorder survivor, author, and dietitian.

Join us for a pre-screening reception at 6:30pm with light refreshments, cash bar, and plenty of raffle baskets to bid on!

Special thanks to Host Sponsor, Main Street Landing Performance Arts Center