2022 Women's Economic Opportunity Conference

Join Us on October 1, 2022 at Vermont Technical College, Randolph

Register Here For WEOC 2022

 

Dear Friends:

I am delighted to announce that Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen will be the keynote speaker at the 25th Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) on Saturday, October 1, 2022.  The conference will once again be in person at the Vermont Technical College’s Randolph Center campus.

In addition to Secretary Yellen’s keynote address, conference attendees will participate in workshops led by experts on career advancement, skill development, non-traditional careers for women, financial planning, and much more.

Vermont has come a long way since WEOC began in 1996.  We have one of the smallest gaps between the wages of men and women in the country.  Prior to the pandemic, the more than 23,000 businesses owned by women in Vermont produced a combined $2.2 billion in annual revenue.

But there remain critical gaps, particularly for women of color and women living with disabilities.  The talent, skills, and energy of too many Vermont women remain underutilized and untapped to the detriment of us all.  That’s why Marcelle and I started this conference 25 years ago.

The conference would not have been possible without the organizing committee members who brought their vision, energy, and connections to this event; the experts who donated their time to run workshops and take part in panel discussions; and, most of all, the women of Vermont who came to the conference and shared their experiences and expertise with their fellow Vermonters.

The conference is free, but I urge you to register early as space is limited.  While proof of vaccination is not required, for the safety of all participants, we are encouraging attendees to be fully vaccinated and take a COVID-19 test before attending or wear a mask during the event.

For Marcelle and I, WEOC is one of the highlights of the year, but never more so than this year, our first in-person conference since 2019.  We are excited to host Secretary Yellen for the conference’s 25th year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

 

PATRICK LEAHY

United States Senator