1. Engaging Teams in Dynamic Decision-Making
Is your schedule filled with meetings that you dread? That's because most meetings are not well led and facilitated. Good meetings all share some common team practices, and great meetings take into account who's in the room. This experiential session will demonstrate how to create higher engagement, make more effective decisions, and reduce the amount of time you spend in meetings. Come join Markey Read in learning how to transform your meetings.
Markey Read, President, Career Networks; @readmarkeyread
2. Solutions for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
Many Vermont manufacturers, large businesses and institutions find that after capturing basic recyclables and food waste, their dumpsters are left with miscellaneous stuff that has no immediate recovery solution. Casella and its partners will describe recent examples of creating resource recovery partnerships that capture these hard-to-recycle materials, particularly from manufacturers and large institutions. Workshop attendees will then be invited to describe specific byproducts from their businesses to begin exploring opportunities for partnership-based recovery programs. To prepare for this workshop, consider bringing information about the specific types and quantities of hard-to-recycle materials your operation or organization produces.
Abbie Webb, Sustainability Director
Jen Bergeron, Environmental Services Supervisor, UVM Medical
John Rooney, Environmental Program Manager, Hypertherm Inc.
3. Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation!
Come learn how you can use Design Thinking to find the best solutions to achieving goals, resolving problems and tackling challenges! In this session, we will practice design thinking, using a real-life situation, to help you understand the approach and motivate you to think like a designer. This session is relevant to all employees and leaders; it can be used for problem-solving and improvement of processes. P.S., don't worry if you work in a highly regulated environment, Design Thinking can be an ideal approach in these environments, too.
Leah Schulz, Senior Project Associate, Cope & Associates, Inc
4. How To Leverage Vermont's Coworking Culture for Your Business
Vermont's growing remote work and coworking culture cuts both ways for your business. Your hiring now competes with multi-nationals tapping into remote work trends. Learn to leverage the flexibility, interactivity, and improved productivity that coworking and remote work cultivates to address your recruitment, retention, and development needs. Solopreneurs can benefit from coworking's cross-sector camaraderie and connections, too. Don't forget, intrastate coworking cuts fuel emissions. Globally, coworking members report improved annual incomes year after year. How's that for helping your triple bottom line?
Moderator: Samantha Sheehan, VBSR Communications Manager & Valley.Works Coworking of Waitsfield Founder, @valleyworksVT
Michelle Laduke Rawls, Talon RPO Engagement Manager and Sourcing Specialist, @MichelleHLRawls
Greg Brand, President and Founder Bluehouse Group
Wayne Maceyka, HinesburgHUB Creator & Instigator, RuralTech HUB advocate @waynemaceyka @hinesburgHUB
5. SR Politics in our Polarized Era
Are your favorite buzzwords on the Banned Words List? What do conservatives hear when we say "sustainability," "income inequality," and "climate change"? How far apart are the two sides-and does language widen this division? The socially responsible business voice can play a key moderating role in policy debates. Using a diverse group of thinkers, this interactive workshop will focus on strategies and skills for reaching across the policy divide to find common ground. You will get a crash course in what popular progressive phrases actually backfire in policy discussions.
Mark Snelling, President, Snelling Center for Government
Pat Heffernan, Founder, Marketing Partners
Eliza Kelsten, Policy Manager, American Sustainable Business Council