For more than two decades Senator Leahy has proudly hosted this day-long conference, bringing together hundreds of Vermont women looking to explore new careers, forge professional contacts, or discover financial resources. Featuring at least two dozen workshops and discussion groups, this conference is designed to support women at all stages of professional and personal development. Whether you are starting a home-based business or concerned about cyber security in your banking transactions, you will be sure to learn new skills.
The conference’s keynote address is sure to motivate and inspire, as speakers generously share personal stories and life lessons. Recent keynoters include U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, VPR's Jane Lindholm, Burton Snowboard President Donna Carpenter; IBM Vermont Director Janette Bombardier; Martha’s Table CEO Patty Stonesifer; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Equal Pay Activist Lilly Ledbetter.
In an effort to make the day accessible to all, the conference is offered at no charge for registration, lunch or for pre-arranged child care. It is held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
“This conference represents the depth of talent, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit that sets our great state apart,” Senator Leahy said. “Women-led business ventures continue to grow and thrive across Vermont, and I am proud to play a role in the Vermont tradition that the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference has become.”