Curriculum – Strengthening Leadership and Building Connections

Strong leaders understand and unleash the power of connection. Participants build new connections within the cohort and with potential partners and learn to strengthen connections in their communities and with stakeholders. Monthly 90-minute online gatherings for 1 year make up the core of this program. Occasional in-person sessions may also be scheduled. Sessions cover specific aspects of leadership and project development, feature guest speakers, and include breakout groups to build stronger connections within the cohort. Participants also have regular one-on-one check-ins with program staff as needed or requested.

Sample Session Schedule:
10:30 – Welcome
10:35 – Guest Speaker – Presentation and Dialogue
11:20 – Breakout Groups – Discussion Topic: Engaging Partners and Stakeholders
11:45 – Reconvene To Share Reflections
12:00 – Adjourn

Former Guest Speakers:

  • Monique Priestley, The Space on Main
  • Sam Hooper, Vermont Glove
  • Phoenix Mitchell, The Hitching Post
  • Becca White, VT Legislature and Efficiency VT
  • Kate Stephenson, Montp. Energy Action Cmt.
  • Darren Springer, Burl. Electric Dept.
  • Linda McGinnis, Energy Action Network
  • Congressman Peter Welch
  • Chad Farrell, Encore Renewables
  • Jennifer Green, Burlington Electric Department
  • Alex Wilson, Building Green and the Resilient Design Institute
  • Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources