Change The Story Vermont (CTS) is a multi-year strategy to align 
program, policy, and philanthropy to significantly improve 
women's economic status in Vermont.
Did you know: Vermont has never sent a woman to Congress?


Today, the U.S. ranks 97th in the world for women's representation in government. In 1997, we ranked 52nd.

And, fewer than one in five voting members of Congress are women, and fewer than one in 15 legislators are women of color.

"We calculated this at some point, and at the same rate we're going, it would take about 100 years to get an equal share of women in Congress," says Heidi Hartmann, an economist who runs the  Institute for Women's Policy Research."

VWW welcomes new Executive Director

Wendy Rice joined Vermont Works for Women as Executive Director in August of 2016. Rice holds 16 years of professional experience managing multi-million-dollar community development projects in Africa, regions of the U.S., and Vermont. Cornerstones of her work have included creating opportunities for women and girls in education and training, job skills development, entrepreneurship, gender equity, and poverty reduction.
 
New Date! Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women's Issues: Sept. 22nd from 12-1:30pm at the VT State House


Join us! 
(51% of voting age Vermonters are women)

The Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont and Vermont Federation of Business and Professional Women will present a gubernatorial candidate forum on women's issues.  The moderator will be Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org.  We hope to see you there!   

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Registration is now open for the Women Business Owners Network Conference on October 19 

Don't miss the 32nd Annual WBON Fall Conference on Wednesday, October 19th at the Vermont State House and Vermont Historical Museum.

This year's theme is "Telling Your Story"  and Change The Story will release its third report on the status of women-owned businesses in Vermont, sharing findings during a keynote address.   

The workshops and round table discussions will help you build your skills to tell your story.  As always, in addition to the incredible speakers and presenters, there will be plenty of time for networking and socializing. 



Jessica Nordhaus joins CTS team 

We are excited to share that Jessica Nordhaus, owner of Gear Shift Consulting, LCC, has joined the Change The Story team as a Consultant for Strategy & Partnerships. Jessica's firm focuses on education, politics and policy, and systems change.

Most recently, Jessica has led City efforts to design the Burlington Early Learning Initiative. Her passion for empowering young women goes way back to the end of the last century when she worked as a counselor for Camp $tart-Up, a residential entrepreneurship camp for teenage girls in Albuquerque, NM.


Registration open for Women Can Do! 

October 13th marks the 18th Annual Women Can Do Conference !

Women Can Do! is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th grade girls from across Vermont. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Where?  Vermont Tech  in Randolph Center, VT
What time?  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 7 :45 a.m.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and costs $20 per person for students and chaperones. (Students register via their school; homeschooled students register directly.)

VT Women's Fund & Kingdom County Productions raise $6,000 at private screening of "All of Me" 

Last week, the Vermont Women's Fund co-hosted a private screening of the new documentary, All of Me, produced by filmmaker, Bess O'Brien of Kingdom County Productions. Over 180 women and men attended the preview at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in  Burlington, the venue being generously donated by Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele of Main Street Landing Company.

"All of Me" chronicles the downward spiral of eating disorders, a disease that afflicts young women and men in ways we often do not see and are vastly misunderstood.

The Vermont Women's Fund was proud to co-host this event with Bess O'Brien who served on the Women's Fund council in years past.

"All of Me" will tour around the state of Vermont beginning in September. For a touring schedule and more information about the film, see 

All of Me - A New Documentary Film By Bess O'Brien
All of Me - A New Documentary Film By Bess O'Brien


Where to catch us next!

September 15 (6-8pm): The Girl Scouts of Green and White Mountains "Cookies and Cocktails" Event @ Burlington Airport (Tiffany Bluemle will speak about CTS). Must be 21+ to attend.   For more info.

October 13th (8:30am - 2:30pm): VT Works for Women's "Women Can Do! + Trades Conference"  Registration opens on September 1st!   For more info.

October 19th (9:00am - 5:30pm): Women Business Owners Network Fall Conference at the Vermont State House (CTS will release our WOB report at the event!)

October 22 (10:30am-12:00pm): "Coffee and Confidence" Workshop for Women as part of the Tech Jam at the CV Expo 
More details to come!

November 2nd (8:00am-3pm, reception to follow): White + Burke's Vermont Development Conference at Hilton Burlington Hotel. The keynote speaker is Colin Ryan, Commissioner of VT Women's Fund on "The Art and Science of Connection." Joe Fusco of Casella Waste Systems will also speak to the economic argument of increasing gender diversity and equality in the workplace. Learn more + register here.

November 18th (8:30am - 5:00pm): 2nd Biennial New England Women's Policy Conference: Ensuring Economic Security for All Women + Families at  UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom. Hosted by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy in collaboration with The Vermont Commission on Women and The Vermont Women's Fund and others. Open to the public. CTS will be there! Learn more.
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