Senator Leahy Saturday Hosts 22nd Annual Women’s Economic Conference

Senator Patrick Leahy Saturday hosted the 22nd Annual Vermont Women’s Economic Conference at Vermont Technical College.  This year’s conference, which was presented in partnership with Change the Story Vermont for the second year in a row, featured keynote speaker Corinne Prevot and more than 24 workshops on topics as diverse as effective communication in the workplace, to the impact of the #MeToo movement.  More than 400 women attended.

Leahy has organized and hosted the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference since 1996 to bring together Vermont women for workshops and networking activities to further their careers or launch small businesses.  Past conferences have featured keynotes such as equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and many other Vermont and national figures.

Senator Leahy said: “I’m honored to host the 22nd annual Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference.  This year we are lucky to have an impressive Vermont speaker, Corinne Prevot, to share her experiences as a successfully young entrepreneur and interesting seminars that are sure to entertain and educate.  Since I began hosting this conference in 1996, we’ve made progress toward equality for all, but if the last few years have shown us anything, it is that there is still so much more to do.”

Corinne Prevot is the founder and CEO of Skida Headwear and Accessories.  She made the first Skida hats while still a student at Burke Mountain Academy, and continued making them while attending Middlebury College.  She has launched “Skida Plus One,” a donation program that provides hats to cancer patients, and sources cashmere for her hats from a localized source in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Today Skida Headwear and Accessories products are sold through nearly 300 retailers and Skida employs seven people in Burlington.  Last year, Corinne was named to the Forbes’ 2018 “30 Under 30 List” that recognizes the “best young makers and industrial innovators” in manufacturing under the age of 30.

Change the Story Vermont is a nonprofit that seeks to improve women’s economic status in Vermont.  They compile reports on the economic impact of gender inequality in Vermont and host events and initiatives to close the gender gap in Vermont.

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