About WEOC

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.

Each year the conference features a keynote address where speakers offer personal stories and life lessons to motivate and inspire.  Past keynote speakers include Mary Alice McKenzie, Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, VPR’s Jane Lindholm, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter.

“The talented speakers and enlightening workshops at the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference reflect the depth of talent, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit of women in our great state,” Senator Leahy said.  “Vermont has made significant progress encouraging female entrepreneurs, but we cannot turn back the clock.  I am proud to encourage the continued growth of women-led businesses and the success of female professionals.”

The conference is held at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph and is offered at no charge for registration or lunch.

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