2017 Workshop Descriptions

NOTE: Please choose ONE workshop from Session 1 AND Session 2 (1-hour sessions)

OR ONE workshop from Session 3 (105 mins)

 

 

AM Session 1 (9:45-10:45 AM)

 

Investing in Women (You Don't Have to be a Millionaire!)

Presenters: Janice Shade and Louisa Schibli

From crowdfunding to venture capital, small amounts to large, women who may never have thought of themselves as investors or philanthropists have the ability to make a big difference to the Vermont economy. Through investments of money and/or donating your expertise as an advisory board member or mentor, women have a lot to offer female business owners. Come learn how easy and rewarding it can be to invest in Vermont’s women.

 

Find a Career that Fits
Presenters: Rachel Kauppila and Neely Raffellini
Feeling stuck in your job? Not sure what you want to do when you grow up? This workshop will help you think about what it is you want in a career and how to find it. We will dispel career myths and encourage you to broaden your thinking about your career options – including an exploration of nontraditional and trades-related careers. Whether you’re looking for more pay, greater fulfillment, a more flexible schedule, or less stress, we’ll help you get there.

 

Ask for More, Get More: The Art of Salary Negotiation          

Presenters: Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan and Elonda Beverly

Choosing not to negotiate is leaving money on the table. 55% of women are apprehensive about negotiating whereas only 39% of men feel that way, and only 30% of women consistently negotiate salaries versus 46% of men. Salary negotiation doesn't have to be painful. Come learn the skills that will literally pay. (Source of data: Linda Babcock’s Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change)         

 

Start Your Own Business

Presenter: Laurel Butler

Are you ready to turn your idea into a real business opportunity? This workshop is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner showcasing the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea. Learn how to identify your target customers and your “unique selling proposition.” Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses, financing options and know where to turn for your “next steps.” 

 

Incorporating Personal Brand Into Your Business Story         

Presenter: Kate Paine

Learn how to incorporate your LinkedIn profile with your business messaging. Mixing personal with professional can be an effective networking device for your business story, but there are pitfalls to avoid and trends to utilize to keep your message on point.

 

Making the Most of Your Money (*Second AM session added by popular demand!)

Presenter: Becca Schrader

Money is a powerful force in our society. Come learn how to find it, manage it, and grow it. Discover ways you can do well and invest in your future and your community, even if you only have a little to start with.

 

Living and Loving the Gig Life (*Second AM session added by popular demand!)

Presenter: Gwen Pokalo

Explore best practices of navigating a career with multiple ‘gigs,’ freelancing, and jobs. Learn about the characteristics of the ‘new economy’ and its implications for alternative work structures, and you will walk away with a variety of tools to help establish meaning and stability in your work lifestyle.

 

AM Session 2 (11AM-12 PM)

 

 

Making the Most of Your Money

Presenter: Becca Schrader

Money is a powerful force in our society. Come learn how to find it, manage it, and grow it. Discover ways you can do well and invest in your future and your community, even if you only have a little to start with.

 

Living and Loving the Gig Life

Presenter: Gwen Pokalo

Explore best practices of navigating a career with multiple ‘gigs,’ freelancing, and jobs. Learn about the characteristics of the ‘new economy’ and its implications for alternative work structures, and you will walk away with a variety of tools to help establish meaning and stability in your work lifestyle.

 

You're (Al)ready Enough - Mindfulness in Leadership

Presenters: Kim Nolan and Tiffany Bluemle

Women are stepping into more leadership roles (in the public sector, at work, in our communities, at home). It is critical to understand how leaders take care of themselves while under the strain of leading others. This workshop will focus on self-care for those who take care (of employees, of constituents, of elders and children...) using mindful leadership tools, helping you develop a practice that will sustain you and those around you.

 

Navigating the Field When You are the “Only” One

Presenter: Rebecca EunMi Haslam

Women in non-traditional fields, women of color in an all-white work force, gender-fluid persons in a gender binary world ... there are challenges to being a pioneer. Explore ways you can navigate the field yourself and support others to do so.

 

Investing in Women (You Don’t Have to be a Millionaire!) (*Second AM session added by popular demand)

Presenters: Janice Shade and Louisa Schlibi

Please see AM Session 1 for workshop description and bios.

 

Ask for More, Get More: The Art of Salary Negotiation (*Second AM session added by popular demand)

Presenters: Lindsey- Lathrop Ryan and Elonda Beverly

Please see AM Session 1 for workshop description and bios.

 

Incorporating Personal Brand Into Your Business Story (*Second AM session added by popular demand)        

Presenter: Kate Paine

Please see AM Session 1 for workshop description and bios.

 

AM Session 3 (9:45 -11:30 AM)

 

 

Start Here Before Jumping into the Social Media Mud Pit

Presenter: Lisa Wood

Social media marketing is not for the faint of heart and if you don't have a solid plan in place before you get started, you can waste a lot of time and money. In this interactive workshop, you'll identify which social media channels offer the most valuable time-saving techniques to keep you from going down those dreaded rabbit holes. By the end of this workshop you'll have a plan and a working social media editorial calendar that you can use every day in your own business.

 

Beyond the Power Pose - Building Authentic Confidence

Presenters: Jen Roberts

Take a step outside your comfort zone! As little or as big a step as you like – it’s up to you in this challenge-by-choice, hands-on workshop that will be led by experienced instructors. After you’ve confronted any hesitation you may have about learning a new technical skill, we’ll talk about how that experience translates to pursuing other challenges – and how to build on this success.

 

Pitch the Story of Your Business Marketing

Presenter: Debra Boudrieau

Write your own business story using Bullseye Marketing.  Explore why having a narrative for your business makes marketing and outreach so much simpler. It is all about the customer knowing exactly what kind of experience they can expect from you from your website, your social media, your bricks and mortar location and your advocates.

 

Smashing Sexism - Student / Adult Partnerships That Inspire Impactful Social Action

Presenters: Emily Pecsok, Theo Wells-Spackman, Erik Remsen

What's the Story? provides Vermont middle and high school students the tools, resources, and expertise they need to pursue their questions, collaborate with peers across Vermont, and publish short films designed to make a difference in their communities. This workshop will be led by the student filmmakers and their adult mentor, who introduce and show their short film, before sharing why their partnership worked so well and offering a framework for student / adult social action partnerships.

 

Women’s Car Care Clinic: What You Need to Know

Presenter: Amy Mattinat

Find out what basic car information you should know to help keep your car safe and reliable. Learn how to discuss your car care needs with the dealer or a mechanic to ensure you are getting the best treatment and not being sold work you don’t need.

  

 

 

PM Session (1:15 – 2:45 PM)

 

Stories of Change - For Women, For Vermont

(For all attendees)

In this full group session, the extensive work of Change The Story comes alive through story-telling. Five Vermonters (Prudence Pease, Judy Pransky, Lisa Ryan, Melody Walker Brook and Colin Ryan) will share their stories about overcoming the economic hurdles Vermont women face, the opportunities and challenges of business ownership, different styles and paradigms of leadership, and engaging as a man in the conversation. You will have the opportunity to interact with each storyteller and working with CTS findings, you will emerge with a better understanding of how you can tell your own story - and participate in changing the economic story for all Vermont women.

 

About Change The Story VT

 

Change The Story VT (CTS) is an initiative fueled by the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women and is committed to fast-tracking women’s economic security to benefit women, their families, and the Vermont economy. 

 

CTS believes that the economic security of women in Vermont will be advanced when state, business, and community leaders embrace and take action on the belief that gender matters; that Vermont’s economic vitality is linked to getting more women into jobs that pay a livable wage; taking deliberate steps to expose girls and young women to a full range of career options, including those in which women are historically underrepresented; and to have a more robust representation of women in leadership positions and on corporate boards.

 

Stop by the CTS audio booth during the conference and share your story!