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May 24, 2022

(Montpelier) – The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Alex Hilliard of Poultney to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Hilliard is a personal trainer, entrepreneur, and parent of three.  As owner and operator of VT AthletaFit, a year-old personal training studio business located on the second floor of the Reclaimed-Poultney Community Skills Center, Hilliard offers in-person or virtual personal training sessions, coaching advice for well-rounded fitness, and training to prepare for sports or for an active lifestyle.

Commissioner Hilliard has big goals for their town, county, and state regarding diversity, athletics and outdoor recreation, and economic opportunities. In addition to founding a local business, some steps they have taken to reach these goals include obtaining an MBA from Green Mountain College, engaging in several civic organizations and steering committees furthering the local community, and by creating "Lakes Region Women in Business Mixers" to help connect self-identified women and non-binary individuals for a light-hearted and social networking experience.  Hilliard is committed to reducing social inequality within the state and they are excited to bring lived experience as an LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individual. Joining the Commission on Women is another step towards accomplishing those goals.

May 19, 2022

Just released: the Legislative Update version of our newsletter VIEW, summarizing the bills we think are most interesting and critical for our readers: VIEW | Legislative Update 2022.

Click here to subscribe to the VIEW (short for Vermont Information Exchange for Women).

May 17, 2022

Reporter Mary Hall of News Nation covers pay equity efforts that have made a difference in Vermont and Iceland. 

She interviews VCW Executive Director Cary Brown and mentioned are the Vermont Commission on Women’s Equal Pay Compact and our partnership initiative Change The Story’s Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay Toolkit.

Can the U.S. close a gender pay gap widened by the pandemic?

April 11, 2022

(Montpelier, VT) – Governor Phil Scott has appointed Nancy Kaplan of Burlington to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Kaplan is a Research Navigator at The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.  Her work connects Vermont clinicians and providers with the resources at the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network to enable them to conduct health related research in their communities.

Previously she served as Program Manager for the Vermont Department of Health’s You First program, providing breast and cervical cancer screenings, heart disease management, and health care system navigation for eligible low-income Vermonters. She also worked for Voices for Vermont's Children, a non-profit organization promoting public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont.

Commissioner Kaplan’s public service includes more than eight years on the Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront Commission, including six years as Chair. In addition, she served on Burlington City Council from 2009-2011 and was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Trinity Children’s Center, an inclusive preschool in Burlington.  Upon reflection on her many years of public service Kaplan wishes to extend a particular thanks to Carlen Finn, the former Executive Director at Voices for Vermont's Children for taking the time to introduce her to the importance of policy and advocacy.

Kaplan will bring her experience working with and for Vermont’s vulnerable and minority communities to the Commission. Her history working within the government, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors will allow her to bring a nuanced and informed perspective to this work.  Reflecting on her VCW appointment, Kaplan said, “I am excited to use my skills to help our state work towards equity and inclusion for all of its residents and particularly to help the next generation of women to be successful.”

April 4, 2022

(Montpelier, VT) – Governor Phil Scott has appointed Hazel Brewster of Stowe to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

"It's an honor to be appointed to this position by Governor Scott,” said Hazel Brewster. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to represent the next generation of Vermont women and to aid in efforts to ensure our state is a place where all women can thrive."

Born and raised in Morrisville, Brewster is a 2019 graduate of the University of Vermont and has since earned a master’s degree in public policy and global affairs from the University of British Columbia. During her undergraduate career, she also studied at the University of Edinburgh, where she worked with Members of Scottish Parliament and researched the outmigration of women in rural Scotland.

She has worked for the campaigns and in the offices of both Governor Phil Scott and Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray. Brewster proudly interned for Senator Patrick Leahy and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England while at UVM.

Brewster spent many years as a mentor for Little Bellas, an organization that empowers young women to reach their fullest potential through cycling. Accessibility and representation for women in athletics are deeply important to her as a former competitive mountain biker, a sport in which women continue to be underrepresented.

She is now the Director of Public Relations for the statewide Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
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The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is an independent non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.

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