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


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 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 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.

December 17, 2018

Vermont’s new law addressing sexual harassment included an allocation for Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) to coordinate development of a public education and outreach program designed to make workers, employers, and all Vermonters aware of methods of reporting, where to find information, strategies for prevention, and ways to address sexual harassment in the workplace.  We’ve issued two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for this project.  Read more here.

December 11, 2018

(Montpelier) – Governor Phil Scott has appointed Ed Adrian of Burlington, Lisa Carlson of Danville, and Heidi Tringe of Montpelier 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.

Mr. Adrian practices law in Burlington at Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC, helping municipal clients and licensed professionals grapple with legal issues throughout the state.  He previously served as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney at the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation in Montpelier and as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Franklin County.  In 2007 Mr. Adrian was elected to the Burlington City Council and served until 2012.  From 2013 until 2018 he chaired Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library Commission.  When not practicing law, Mr. Adrian provides public policy and personal commentary on VPR; writes on Vermont legal and ethics issues at the “Freedom and Ethics” blog; and also delves into Vermont politics and policy at his “Sugaring Off” blog.  He looks forward to bringing the knowledge and insight gleaned from these experiences to assist the Vermont Commission on Women in any way needed. 

A native Vermonter, Ms. Carlson joined the Air Force in 1978.  During her 22 years of service, she worked as a paralegal, a law office manager, and her at her final job as the Senior Paralegal Manager for Air Force Special Operations Command.  She retired in 2000 as a Master Sergeant.   After retirement she worked as a substitute teacher and a para educator at both Walden and Danville Schools.   In 2012, Ms. Carlson, along with her husband Tracy, started Carlson Plumbing and Heating and she is currently the Office Manager/Administrator for the business.   In 1993, she earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Community College of the Air Force.   Ms. Carlson currently serves as a volunteer and the Secretary of VT S.U.P.P.O.R.T.S, a non-profit organization that annually sends care packages to military members stationed in remote areas during the holidays.   She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the NEK Council on Aging.

Ms. Tringe grew up in Montpelier and moved home in 2005 with her husband to raise their two children. She served on the senior staff of Governor Jim Douglas, and in a number of roles for the late U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords in his Washington, DC office and on his 2000 campaign.  Ms. Tringe was also Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, and Legislative Affairs Director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is currently a Partner at MMR, LLC in Montpelier, serves on the Board of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the Advisory Committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership, and is co-founder of the start-up women’s networking and leadership effort, ElevateHer Vermont.

“I’m pleased to appoint Ed Adrian, Lisa Carlson and Heidi Tringe to the Vermont Commission on Women and appreciate their enthusiasm for serving,” said Governor Scott. “Each of them will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the important work of the Commission, and will work tirelessly with the other members to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls in Vermont.” 

Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide the Vermont Commission on Women’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.  Find out more about VCW by visiting or by calling 800-881-1561.


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