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February 19, 2019

(Montpelier) – The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Lisa Ryan of Rutland to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Lisa Ryan is the Program Manager of the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action, where she provides restorative justice practices, including Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) and Restorative Circles, to the offender population.  This work involves addressing crime and conflict through dispute resolution, training community volunteers, and overseeing reentry and reparative programs.

Lisa’s passion for connecting with others and building strong relationships allows her to participate in various leadership roles within her community.  She serves on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen and is the former First Vice President of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP.  In September of 2017, Lisa was awarded the title of one of Vermont’s “Rising Stars” by VT Business Magazine and in 2018 she was voted Rutland Young Professional (RYP) of the Year.

She holds a Master of Science in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University.  Lisa is a mediator, facilitator, and restorative justice practitioner and trainer.

February 14, 2019

Vermont Department of Libraries presents another speaker for the state employee speaker series "Tuesday Talks." This month the event will be on February 19 from 12-1pm at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier.  The topic will be "Vermont Women: The Pay Gap, Representation, and Advancement" and the speaker will be Cary Brown from the Vermont Commission on Women.

We’ve come a long way since women were paid 59 cents to men’s dollar, but women in Vermont are still playing catch up. In Vermont, 43% of women working full time aren’t making enough to cover their basic needs, and they’re seriously underrepresented in many fields and at the highest levels of leadership. But Vermont is also ahead of the pack in many ways when it comes to women’s advancement, and we’ll talk about the good news as well as the challenges on the horizon.

Cary Brown is the Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, a state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls since 1964. She’s worked in the gender equity field in Vermont in nonprofits, educational institutions, and government. She lives in Montpelier with her family, where she is a Justice of the Peace.

For more information, please see the event poster here . Please feel free to share the poster and event information in your departments. For more information please contact April Shaw ( April.shaw@vermont.gov ).

Tuesday Talks is a speaker series presented by VTLIB during the lunch hour one Tuesday each month. The topic and speaker will change each month, but will always be relevant to events or trends in Vermont that affect state employees.

January 31, 2019

VCW submitted comments as part of the public comments process on recent proposed changes by the U.S. Department of Education concerning schools' responses to campus sexual harassment and assault. Those proposed rule changes amend regulations under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities receiving federal funding.  Read our comments here.

January 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, VT – The Vermont Women’s Fund and Change The Story VT will co-host a special breakfast on Tuesday, February 5, from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center featuring guest speaker Ted Bunch.  Link to event invitation here.

Ted Bunch is the co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, a violence prevention organization dedicated to helping men find ways to create a culture of respect, equity, and value for all—in the workplace and in schools. Ted has presented to audiences all over the United States from colleges and corporate boardrooms to major leagues sports teams and the U.S. Military.

“It is vitally important that we include men in the conversation,” says Meg Smith, director of the Vermont Women’s Fund. “For too long, wage disparity and the lack of women in leadership positions have been considered ‘women’s issues’ and addressed in a vacuum. But the headlines in the past few years following the Harvey Weinstein story and the #MeToo Movement have changed the climate in our workplace culture.” Adds Smith, “But there hasn’t been much space to talk about it. That’s what this breakfast is all about.”

The Vermont Women’s Fund, the state’s first and largest philanthropic resource devoted to Vermont’s women and girls, is co-hosting this event with Change The Story, a statewide initiative formed four years ago to fast-track women’s economic security in Vermont. Change The Story issued four reports on the economic status of women in Vermont in 2016-2017, the first of its kind in over a decade. The initiative also engages with employers through their Business Peer Exchange, with men through Champions for Change efforts, and with all Vermonters using their signature Let’s Talk Gender conversation toolkits. Change The Story is a partnership initiative of the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont Works for Women, and the Vermont Women’s Fund.

The breakfast is being led by a host committee of 27 male business and community leaders including Mayor Miro Weinberger, Senator Michael Sirotkin, Burlington City Councilor Ali Dieng, and UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman. Tickets are $35 per person, $10 per student and are available online at vermontwomensfund.org.

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The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, gives grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations that support women and girls in job training, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and pathways to increased career opportunities. The Women’s Fund is also the lead funder of Change The Story, an initiative that addresses women’s economic security in the state in partnership with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women. Visit vermontwomensfund.org for more information

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.

The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future.  Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

January 18, 2019

VCW's Executive Director Cary Brown provided testimony in the Senate's Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs committee this week on H.183.  Link here to read the full text.

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