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.
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.

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