Embrace the Future: Leadership Transition Planning @ Middlebury College Kirk Alumni Center
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Embrace the Future: Leadership Transition Planning @ Middlebury College Kirk Alumni Center | Middlebury | Vermont | United States

According to Third Sector New England, 67% of nonprofit executives are leaving their organizations in 3-5 years. Will your organization be ready? Join us to learn the key elements of a transition plan.

This is an extended version of our Working Board Lunch Series

Today, with overwhelming numbers of nonprofit professionals planning retirement, career moves, or sector changes, nonprofits must anticipate and plan for change. Leadership transitions are pivotal moments in organizational life. They hold opportunities for transformative change, but also for organizational missteps. Whether your executive director plans to leave in a few years or their departure date is undefined, transition planning gets your organization prepared for the departure of an executive or other valued staff member.
This workshop will help participants consider the options available to create and sustain a culture of leadership succession.

About Katherine Sims: Katherine Sims specializes in working with nonprofit organizations to solve problems and build systems to do good work. A dynamic nonprofit leader with over ten years of experience as a practitioner and consultant, Katherine has worked with leaders in business, government and nonprofits to develop their organizations. Katherine is experienced in managing and growing organizations, developing teams, fundraising and managing complex finances, evaluating and improving programs, and engaging donors, stakeholders, political leaders, and the public.

Registration includes light breakfast

Pre-Registration required*

Givegab Nonprofit Fundraising Platform Engage & Launch Demonstration @ Webinar
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Givegab Nonprofit Fundraising Platform Engage & Launch Demonstration @ Webinar | Burlington | Vermont | United States

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with Givegab, NetSquared and Common Good Vermont

GiveGab is The Nonprofit Fundraising Platform that helps nonprofits across the United States engage their donors, volunteers, and fundraisers in one easy to use platform and donor management system.

Did you participate in Vermont Gives Day of Giving? You’re already set up to use the GiveGab platform, making for a seamless transition to manage, engage, and delight your organization’s supporters and build stronger and longer lasting relationships!

This webinar will cover everything you need to know about GiveGab and the tools and resources available to nonprofits using the platform. If you’re looking to broaden your online engagement and better manage your supporters in the process, this webinar is for you!

Board Luncheon: Six Questions for Great Teams, Great Organizations, and Great Leaders @ Common Good Vermont
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please note that a previous notice, stated an incorrect date. The training is on Wednesday, November 1st. 

In this presentation, Joe will challenge and encourage us to ask and embrace six compelling questions of ourselves and our organizations. Springing from the deepest roots of great leadership, these questions form a simple, yet powerful framework for those of us eager to have a deeply successful and sustainable impact on our work, our teams, and our mission. Thoughtful, and practical — be ready to leave with moments of leadership mastery you can put to work on Thursday.

About the speaker:

Joe Fusco is an advisor, teacher, and coach.JF Head Shot 17

He is co-chair of the Board of Advisors and teaches leadership in the University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA program. He is a trustee of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Climate Action. He has been a vice president of Casella Waste Systems since 1995.

He speaks frequently to companies and organizations on leadership, organizational culture, business and cultural trends, economic development, business strategy and sustainability, and life/work balance. He’s been engaged as a speaker by groups and companies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Project Management Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management, Green Mountain Power, the Vermont Federal Women’s Network, MyWebGrocer, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Big Data, Politics and the 2020 Election @ City Hall
Nov 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Big Data, Politics and the 2020 Election @ City Hall  | Burlington | Vermont | United States

Public Talk and Call To Action with Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy

Jeff Chester, Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and national advocate for media justice, joins us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Burlington, VT for a provocative and timely talk about how Big Data threatens to change Politics and Democracy forever and what we can do to stop it. The event begins at 5.30 with a reception, followed by the Public Talk at 6 p.m. ending at 8 p.m.


Today’s political candidates and issue campaigns are now fully integrated into the growing Big Data marketing infrastructure. Data management platforms, marketing clouds, and other new data services enable information about one’s finances, health, race, ethnicity, shopping behavior, and geo-location to be combined with political interests, reading habits, and voting records. Facebook, Google and other digital platforms are facilitating many of these techniques, monetizing and normalizing “fake news,” “dark posts,” voter suppression and other practices, and challenging fundamental principles such as privacy, data protection, and individual autonomy.   Using the systems set up by digital advertisers such as Facebook, Russia and others can now easily manipulate the electoral process.


In light of these new digital Big Data political operations, Jeff Chester will focus on how to protect the integrity of the democratic electoral and decision-making process and address how:


  • Political messages can be crafted to appeal to a person’s fears, concerns, and deep subconscious processes; they can be tested, refined, and altered in real time to maximize impact, and can be targeted to individuals through social media and other platforms with little or no transparency or public accountability.  
  • In the emerging Internet-of-Things era, a spectrum of sophisticated technologies —  including biosensors, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality — will become central tools in political campaigns.  
  • Political Big Data digital targeting played a role in the election of President Trump as well as the Brexit vote. Looking ahead, Jeff will offer advocacy and public policy for action.


$10+ Donation Gratefully Accepted

Funds raised to support VT Community Media vs. Comcast Federal Case


Produced in partnership with ACLU Vermont, VPIRG, AARP VT, Burlington NetSquaredCommon Good Vermont, VCAM and RETN.


Save the Date: Capital Campaigns @ Live Webcast
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm