WEOC 2018 Workshop Descriptions

AM Session 1 – 60 Minutes (10-11am)

 

Added due to popular demand:

Communicate Powerfully, Without Apology

Presenter: Lisa Danforth

It is time to shake up societal and internal messages around strong women leaders so you can step into conversation, negotiations, and relationships with confidence, intention and grace. Learn how to break free from communication styles and patterns that hold you back. Replace “I’m sorry” with words that empower rather than undermine.

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.  Identify which social media channels make the most sense for your business, learn best practices for when and how to post, and discover valuable time-saving techniques to keep you from going down those dreaded rabbit holes.


What the FICO? Taking Control of Your Credit

Presenter: Becca Schrader

Your credit report and score can have a big impact on the price you pay to borrow money for everything from credit cards to your mortgage, so it’s important to be proactive. You’ll come away knowing how to access your free annual reports, read and understand what they say, and resolve errors on them.

 

Leveraging a Co-Generational Workplace for a Stronger Business

Presenter: Liz Vogel

It’s time to rethink our world of work.  With five generations in the workplace, a current labor shortage, rapid attrition, and increased disengagement of today’s worker, we need effective conversations and creative solutions to engage, challenge, and keep our workforce productive and engaged.  We need solutions that leverage the wisdom and experience we have available with the experienced workforce to develop innovative ways to bridge the labor and knowledge gaps in order to keep our employees and businesses strong and competitive into the future.

 

The Art of Successful Communication

Presenter: Hannah Rose

Build stronger relationships through powerful communication, and develop a better understanding of other people’s communication needs and styles. This workshop will combine tools and techniques along with interactive exercises and dynamic discussion – all geared towards sharpening your skills.

 

Level Up: Take Charge of Your Career

Presenter: Rachel Kauppila

Whether you are not quite satisfied in your career, you don’t love your job, or you are just starting out and want to learn what your options are, this workshop is for you.  Learn about well-paid and growing fields in Vermont that you might not have considered, and the importance of prioritizing what you want in a career.  We will share tips for making a career pivot, and how to find a job that will fit your needs.

 

The Art (and Science) of Salary Negotiation

Presenter: Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan

Choosing not to negotiate is leaving some serious money on the table. This workshop is designed to teach you how to negotiate with confidence. We'll make sure you avoid the traps many of us fall into and leave plenty of time for practice.

 

AM Session 2 – 90 Minutes (10-11:30am)

 

The Gender Card: Change The Story One Conversation at a Time

Presenters: Jessica Nordhaus and Tiff Bluemle

Brush off that gender lens! Using Change The Story Conversation Cards as our toolkit, we will launch into conversations about gender norms and implicit biases that undergird the stories we have been told and tell ourselves, stories that we believe and stories we act on. You will leave with your own set of cards, trained to host your own conversations. Because starting the conversation is the first step to changing the story.


Success in Tech for the Non-Tech Backgrounds

Presenters: Meghan Purvis and Ilka Pritchard

It can seem challenging to find a path into the tech world without being a coder or engineer. Join the conversation as we discuss how similar tech companies are to businesses that have been around forever, and what some of the key differences are that can help lead to your success. Come with questions and feel free to bring job listings that have caught your eye, but you are just not quite sure about. We can take a look together and discuss how your strengths can help get you in the door for an interview.

 

Exploring Non-Trad Roles 1: Hard-Hatted Women

Panel Moderator: Lori Valburn, VT Agency of Transportation

It’s 2018 and women in Vermont are breaking down gender barriers in large numbers and discovering the satisfaction and financial benefits of careers in highway construction and road and bridge maintenance. This workshop is a two-parter: In Part One, a panel of hard-hatted women will describe how they got into the industry, and what they love about their work and some of the challenges they encounter. In Part Two, workshop attendees will get to experience firsthand the joys of operating heavy equipment. Staff from the Vermont Agency of Transportation will also provide info on employment and training programs designed to help women enter this industry and succeed!

 

Exploring Non-Trad Roles 2: Law Enforcement and First Responders

Presenters: Debra Munson and Megan Roush

Exploring new fields can be professionally and personally rewarding, but being the only woman on the team can often bring challenges. This panel will explore those challenges - and the rewards - of being a woman in the predominantly male fields of law enforcement and fire/rescue crews. Learn more about what drew these women to public service and what keeps them there.   

 

Be Your Own Boss

Presenters: Laurel Butler and Gwen Pokalo

Thinking about starting your own business now or in the future? Wondering what are some of the steps and challenges? By the end of this workshop you’ll have learned about many of the tools and resources available to you and the “next steps” involved in launching a business in Vermont.

 

One Year After #MeToo: Progress, Pushback, What’s on the Horizon?

Presenters: Lisa Senecal and Julio Thompson

An exploration of what’s changed legislatively, culturally, and in the workplace – both for better and for worse. This workshop will begin with a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion.

 

First Impression is Critical: Get the Most from LinkedIn, a Resume and Cover Letter

Presenters: Kate Paine and Etienne Morris

Your resume and cover letter are the first things an employer sees to learn about you and your expertise. They’ll arrive at your LinkedIn profile page to learn even more about you, especially to see your human side and how you showcase your industry expertise. Optimize your LinkedIn profile and ensure that your resume and cover letter effectively represent you and your skills.

 

PM Session – 60 Minutes (1:15-2:15pm)

PM:
Added due to popular demand:

Level Up: Take Charge of Your Career

Presenter: Rachel Kauppila

Whether you are not quite satisfied in your career, you don’t love your job, or you are just starting out and want to learn what your options are, this workshop is for you.  Learn about well-paid and growing fields in Vermont that you might not have considered, and the importance of prioritizing what you want in a career.  We will share tips for making a career pivot, and how to find a job that will fit your needs.

Keeping It Civil: Respect in the Workplace

Presenter: Kerin Stackpole

Political differences, the #MeToo movement, and just being surrounded by imperfect human beings – these social and cultural forces can make navigating workplace communications and relationships complicated. Whether behavior is illegal, against policy, or just plain bad manners, you need to decide how to respond and what to do if you’re the one in the wrong. Come get sound advice and answers to your questions.


Support and Sustain Employees in Recovery 

Presenter: Hannah Rose

Gain a better understanding of the unique aspects of individuals in recovery. Information on Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, stages of change and the science of addiction and recovery will be highlighted to help employers create a strategic plan to not only sustain those in recovery but to create an ongoing workforce development plan.

 

Living and Saving on a Limited Budget

Presenter: Becca Schrader

If you are on a limited budget (and really, aren’t we all?), it can be tough to balance paying the bills with planning for the future. Gain tips to handle your biggest expenses, create a spending plan that meets your needs (and some of your wants), wisely manage debt, and save for the future.

 

Hustling on the Side: Create Your Sustainable Freelancing Lifestyle

Presenter: Gwen Pokalo

You’ve got passions, skills, and interests you are sharing with the world. Are you getting paid enough? How do you manage a life while also making a living? What things do you need to consider as you navigate your freelance work with what you do with your ‘day job’/employer? This workshop will provide the tools to help you become more efficient, effective, and fulfilled as you expand your side hustle lifestyle. 


Protect Your Family's Money from Scammers and Fraudsters

Presenter: Victoria Lloyd

Financial exploitation and abuse is a growth industry touching older Vermonters regardless of income. The current annual loss provided by True Link is $36.48 billion each year. Learn the signs of financial exploitation and how to keep your and your family's money safe.


When Money Talks in a Female Voice

Presenter: Rickey Gard Diamond

Money talks, we often say. But in case you never noticed, it talks in a male voice. Economics has largely been a man-to-man conversation, and as a recent news story claimed, most women would rather talk about death than about money. Come learn the stories of foremothers and peers who proposed ingenious ideas; consider your own economic story and confront what’s hard by sharing courageous economic #MeToo moments.

 

Communicate Powerfully, Without Apology

Presenter: Lisa Danforth

It is time to shake up societal and internal messages around strong women leaders so you can step into conversation, negotiations, and relationships with confidence, intention and grace. Learn how to break free from communication styles and patterns that hold you back. Replace “I’m sorry” with words that empower rather than undermine.

 

 

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

Presenter: Demeny Pollitt

Learn basic car information that 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.

 

 

Be Unstoppable: Discover and Overcome What Holds You Back

Presenter: Lisa Wood

What stops most women from realizing their true potential? Fear mixed with self-doubt. Don’t let a lack of confidence or doubt stand in your way of making a change or diving into a new journey. With so many external factors out of your control, it is important to control the things you can. This session will teach you how to manage your inner critic so you can have the confidence to be true to yourself and play bigger in your life.

 

PM Final Session--Judd Hall (2:30-3PM)

 

Changing The Story for Women and Vermont 

Change happens all at once and a little bit at a time, in monumental ways and with small, everyday actions. Wrap up your day at WEOC 2018 with a short, full-conference session highlighting some of the Story Changers in our state. You will leave with ideas for ways you can change the story for women (and men) in Vermont and your very own set of Change The Story Conversation Cards.