Each year, VBSR holds a “Call for Ideas & Proposals” to help shape our Annual Conference in May and other educational programming throughout the year. Whether you have a specific proposal in mind or merely an idea for a topic, presenter, or program model, we want to hear from you!

Submissions are due Monday, January 31st. Submit your idea or proposal here.

We welcome ideas and proposals from both VBSR members and those in our extended network. Everyone in VBSR’s community has valuable expertise, policies, practices, and experiences that can help realize our vision of a just, thriving, and transformative economy for all people and the planet.


Submission Guidelines

Since 2020, VBSR has been providing a popular virtual platform for conferences, webinars, workshops, trainings, and peer learning cohorts on a variety of themes and topics related to leveraging the power of business for positive social and environmental impact.

Our diverse audience includes HR professionals, entrepreneurs and start-up leaders, students and young Vermonters, policymakers, advocacy organizations, inspired individuals, and employees and leadership across organizations of all sizes and sectors – from the largest employers in the state to solopreneurs in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.

In 2022, VBSR intends to deliver workshops, trainings, and learning cohorts in the following themes:


  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Addressing systemic inequities based on racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination through transforming workplace culture; cultural competency; and revisioning business decisions around leadership and representation, recruiting and hiring, human resources policies and practices, marketing, contracting and supply chain, and divestment/investment.


  • Environmental Sustainability: Addressing the climate crisis through renewable energy; decarbonization; regenerative agriculture and food systems; greening operations and supply chain; detoxification, divestment/investment; climate justice; and sustainable development.


  • People-Centered Workplaces: Progressive human resources including wage parity; employer-sponsored benefits; family-friendly policies; flexibility and work-life integration; support for employee wellness and wellbeing, including physical, mental, and emotional health; leadership and professional growth; and employee engagement and empowerment.


  • Economic Empowerment: Employer advocacy and action to reduce the opportunity gap and redistribute power, wealth and access through affordable, high-quality housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation, broadband, and education.


  • Community Vitality & Strong Local Economies: Addressing Vermont’s labor shortage; business resiliency during times of uncertainty; mitigating COVID-19 impact on business conditions; impactful corporate philanthropy; corporate/community partnerships; public/private partnerships; and purchasing/marketing locally made goods and services.


Selected proposals will include:


  • Practical and replicable strategies, solutions, and tools that participants can take back to their organizations and directly apply, including programs, policies, and practices
  • Digital resources (toolkits, guides, exemplars, sources) to reference after the event
  • Leading edge, forward thinking and innovative approaches
  • A focus on creativity, partnership, solutions, and resilience that inspires participants to action
  • Presenters from more than one organization (with the exception of trainings)
  • An interactive format that actively engages participants in sharing about themselves/their organization, answering questions, problem solving, and thought-provoking discussion


VBSR is not interested in proposals or presentations that:


  • Are primarily intended to promote a particular organization or program
  • Further systemic inequities based on racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination.



All submissions are due Monday, January 31st.


As needed, VBSR will work with you to develop your idea or proposal, including identifying programming formats and potential presenters/collaborators from within VBSR’s membership.

All submissions will be reviewed by VBSR staff and Education & Events Committee for consideration.

VBSR provides compensation to presenters for select workshops, trainings, and learning cohorts, taking into account the offering’s audience, topic, and participant fees, as well as the presenter’s role.

Looking for a sense of what VBSR has offered in the past? Check out our 31st Annual Conference Agenda and 2021 Webinars, Workshops, and Trainings.


Questions? Contact Interim Education & Events Coordinator Alana Redden at events@vbsr.org.