Senator Leahy's 23rd Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference

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Vermont Technical College

124 Admin Drive

Judd Hall

Randolph, VT 05061

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Senator Leahy has proudly hosted the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) since 1996. Each year this highly anticipated event brings together hundreds of Vermont women for a full day of workshops and presentations on how to navigate workplaces, grow businesses and succeed in a modern economy.

This conference supports and encourages women wherever they are in their careers, with resources and workshops for women at all stages of professional and personal development. Whether networking to find a job, navigating a difficult workplace or launching a home business, WEOC has a workshop to help out.

For a full listing of workshop descriptions and presenter bios, please visit Senator Leahy's WEOC website page at:


Morning Schedule

8:00 Registration/Exhibits/Coffee, Judd Hall

8:30-9:45 Welcome and Keynote, Judd Hall

*Patricia Moulton, President, Vermont Technical College

*U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

*Keynote speaker Jen Kimmich

10:00-11:15 OR 10:00-12:00: Workshops (you will select one), Vermont Technical College Classrooms


  • Be Unstoppable: Discover What's Holding You Back, and How to Overcome It (Lisa Wood)
  • Elevating "Women's Work:" Raising Regard for Traditionally Female Occupations (Sonja Raymond, Mari Cordes, Amanda Perkins)
  • Give Yourself Credit (Liz Scharf)
  • How to be a Certified Woman-Owned Business (Brenda Plastridge, Chris Herriman, Lori Valburn)
  • Jumpstart Your Job Search (Susan Edwards)
  • Let's Talk Gender: Changing the Story One Conversation at a Time (Jessica Nordhaus and Alyssa Johnson-Kurts)
  • Level Up: Take Charge of Your Career (Rachel Kauppila)


  • The Art of Successful Communication (Hannah Rose)
  • Be Your Own Boss (Laurel Butler and Gwen Pokalo)
  • Business Financing for Beginners (Sarah Kearns)
  • First Impression is Critical: Get the Most from LinkedIn and Your Resume (Kate Paine and Etienne Morris)
  • The Sandwich Generation: Money (and Sanity) Management Tips for Parents and Adult Children (Becca Schrader)
  • Wonderful, Hard Entrepreneurship: An #AskMeAnything Panel with Women Business Owners (Facilitated by Cristine Hammer)


After lunch: Networking and Desserts in Judd Hall

Afternoon Schedule

1:15-2:30: Workshops (you will select one), Vermont Technical College Classrooms

  • A Star is Born! Personalize Your Brand Story (Catherine Palmer)
  • Creating Family Friendly Workplaces to Support Young Families (Emily Blistein)
  • The Cultivation of Inner Wealth (Melissa O'Brien)
  • Gig Life as Your Best Life (Gwen Pokalo)
  • How to Leverage LinkedIn for Business Success (Kate Paine)
  • Let's Talk #Harassment: Creating Respectful Workplace Culture (Jessica Nordhaus and Alyssa Johnson-Kurts)
  • Practical Tools to Pay Down Debt and Boost Your Savings (Becca Schrader)
  • Saving for Retirement: Finding Financial Security in Later Years (Liz Scharf)
  • Stay True to Your Values and Avoid Burnout (Joanne Jastatt)
  • Strength-Based Supervision: How to Deepen Your Engagement with Your Team (Hannah Rose)
  • Work-Life Alignment…Because Balance is BS (Lisa Danforth)

2:45-3:00: Raffle, Evaluations, and Closing Remarks, Judd Hall


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call Senator Leahy's Montpelier office at 802-229-0569.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your registration confirmation. You do need to check in upon arrival at Judd Hall.

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