2021 Women's Economic Opportunity Conference


* * * Registration Now Open For Virtual Event Sat., October 23, 2021 * * * 

Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to share with you that Xusana Davis, the State of Vermont’s first Executive Director of Racial Equity, will deliver the keynote address at Vermont’s 24th Annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC), to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  This year’s virtual conference will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Marcelle and I hope you will join us.

In addition to Xusana’s compelling keynote message, the morning event will feature a panel discussion, Evolving in a World of Change: Best Practices for a Business Refocus.  This session will be led by three Vermont women who will share personal stories of how they adapted their businesses, or even changed direction, to meet the challenges of the pandemic.  The panelists include Abby Lechthaler of The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow; Akshata Nayak, founder of Little Patakha and owner of Alternative Roots Wellness; and Julia Birnn Fields, president of Birnn Chocolates of Vermont.

Marcelle and I are so proud of Vermont and our fellow Vermonters and the work that has been done to respond to the pandemic.  We are grateful to host this important event once again, even in its more abbreviated version.

We are already looking forward to WEOC returning in person next year, when we will celebrate 25 years of this great tradition.


United States Senator