VBSR JEDI Training Series: Power Dynamics

Event Details:
When: November 15, 2023 10:00 am – November 15, 2023 11:45 am
Location: Virtual

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $65
VBSR Members – $45 (or $150 for all 4 sessions in this series)

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Join VBSR and Rachel Siegel from Toward Liberation, LLC for an interactive training designed to deepen your understanding of identity, positionally, and relationships. 

Using information, introspection, and interaction, participants will look at power dynamics in personal and professional relationships. We will explore how social identities impact relationships while learning about types of power, power mapping, and the cycle of socialization. The workshop will include small group discussion, video, and activities. Expect to complete about 20 minutes of work in advance of the workshop.

*Unless there are mitigating circumstances, please plan to be on camera and fully present to the training. Please also expect to complete about 20 minutes of work in advance of the workshop. 

This training is part of the VBSR Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Training Series – Fall 2023. VBSR Members who register for all four trainings receive a discounted rate of $150 (savings of 20%/$30 per person). 

Meet Your Facilitator

Rachel Siegel (she/her)

Toward Liberation, LLC

Rachel (she/her) is a white, queer, Ashkenazi Jewish mother, artist, activist, organizer, and educator on unceded Abenaki land in the Historic North End of Burlington, VT. She worked as the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center, served on the Burlington City Council, and ran programs at Vermont Works for Women before founding Toward Liberation. She was a founder and board member for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, co-founded and co-coordinated the Old North End Mutual Aid network, and has coached and continues to volunteer for Center City Little League. Rachel believes in collective liberation and envisions a world free of chains. She brings her work forward from a place of compassion and curiosity with hope for the world.


Thank you to our JEDI Programming Sponsors:


Since 1970, King Arthur Baking Company has been sharing the joy of baking. A certified B Corp headquartered in Vermont, King Arthur is the ultimate baking resource, providing the highest quality ingredients for the most delicious baked goods, while inspiring connections through baking. As a 100% employee-owned company, we believe in the power of baking to make a difference for our employee-owners, the larger baking community, and the planet. From cultivating a workplace that embraces differences and prioritizes trust to teaching children across the country how to bake bread from scratch to partnering with farmers and suppliers who share our vision for a greener planet, we strive to be a force for good in all that we do.


Mascoma Bank was founded in 1899 by community members seeking ways to establish a healthy local economy. For over 120 years, Mascoma Bank’s foundation of mutuality has continued to be a force for positive change supporting communities to reach thriving sustainability. As a Certified B Corporation® we continue on our mission to be Best for the World®, a company where we don’t answer to stockholders, but respond to the needs of our communities, where we also live, work, and play.


Since 1990, White + Burke has filled a specialized role within real estate development projects, bringing value-added strength to achieve our clients’ real estate project goals. By offering a comprehensive range of services in both development and brokerage, White + Burke is a client’s extended real estate department. Our breadth of work includes taking clients from site selection and project planning through financing, permitting, and construction oversight, to turnkey. Across the northeast we serve a variety of sophisticated clients each with specific opportunities and a focus on success.


Thank you to our JEDI Programming sponsors – King Arthur Baking Company, Mascoma Bank, and White + Burke – for helping to make this programming accessible while ensuring fair compensation to our professional facilitators. Interested in sponsoring this programming? Contact Madison Wood at madisonw@vbsr.org.

Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Barfuss, mollyb@vbsr.org.