08.26.20

This Year’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference Cancelled; Planning Will Start For WEOC 2021

(WEDNESDAY), Aug. 26, 2020) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced the cancellation of what would have been Vermont’s 24th Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC), due to the challenges of the COVID pandemic.  It is only the second time in the long history of the conference that it has been cancelled, the first time being after 9/11.  Leahy launched the annual conference in 1996.

In a letter sent to nearly 3,300 Vermonters who have participated in recent conferences, Leahy said:  “The strength of this conference lies in the personal stories and lessons that are shared and the personal connections that are made, whether in workshops, a keynote address, or simply over lunch.  These connections make this conference unique, and when we explored options for WEOC this year, we simply could not overcome the obstacles brought on by COVID concerns.”

Held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, the free conference is known for bringing together hundreds of women from across Vermont for a day of professional and personal growth.  Recent keynote speeches and workshops have focused on gender equity, racial diversity and the challenges of starting a business in Vermont, while attendees have explored new careers, connected to financial resources and strengthened their social media skills.

More information on the conference can be found on Senator Leahy’s website at https://www.leahy.senate.gov/issues/about-weoc

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