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. Four in-person sessions will build the bulk of the cohort time together, with additional monthly zoom time for project development.

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.

Participation at all in person meetings and the majority of the zoom sessions is required.

2024 dates:

May 22 (In Person): Montpelier 4-7 pm

June 25 (Zoom): 12-1 pm

July 10 (In Person): Location TBD, 4-7 pm

August 6 (In Person)- Summit (Randolph, VT all day, sign up via in July)

September 3 (Zoom) 12-1 pm

October 8 (Zoom): 12-1 pm

October 30 (In Person) Location TBD, 4-7 pm


Former Session Topics:

  1. In person Building Community, VT landscape, and project work
  2. Why? Project motivations/values/goals
  3. How to communicate? Panel
  4. For Whom? best practices for community engagement. Panel
  5. In person and virtual – workshop what are your biggest challenges and tools to move forward
  6. Workshopping project challenges and “stuck” points
  7. In Person -VCRD Community Leadership Summit day of workshops, panels, networking
  8. VT Prosperity and a Wellbeing Economy for Future Generations. Speaker
  9. Final gathering! project stories, next ideas


Former Guest Speakers:

  • Kate Haughey, Vermont Folklife Center
  • Jen Myers, CVOEO
  • Shalini Suryanarayana, Office of Racial Equity
  • Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Community Workshop LLC
  • Jenevra Wetmore, Sustainable Woodstock
  • Ellen Kahler, Vermont Prosperity Project and Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Monique Priestley, The Space on Main
  • Sam Hooper, Vermont Glove
  • Phoenix Mitchell, The Hitching Post
  • Becca White, VT Legislature and Efficiency VT
  • Kate Stephenson, Montpelier Energy Action Committee.
  • Darren Springer, Burlington 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