“Creating Irresistible Companies” Coming to Killington

Burlington, VT – On November 7, more than 150 business and nonprofit leaders will ascend on Killington Grand Hotel for “Creating Irresistible Companies.” The half-day conference, put on by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibly (VBSR), will run from 12:30 to 5:00 PM and is designed to help leaders recruit and retain employees by focusing on company culture, vision, and purpose. Rob Miller, President and CEO of VSECU, will kick off the event with his keynote presentation, “Passion, Purpose, & Determined Aspirations in Unexpected Places.” Tickets are available at here.

“We often hear from our 700+ members that recruiting and retaining employees can be hard,” said Jane Campbell, VBSR executive director. “Yet at the same time, we know that there are some Vermont companies having fewer problems in these areas. So we decided to get them together to see if they could help other business owners and nonprofit leaders who are trying to run successful organizations.”

Campbell noted that following Miller’s keynote, attendees will participate in facilitated roundtable discussions, which will lead to an informed question and answer session with Miller. “We know that there will be questions for Rob. So our goal is dive deep into some of those questions and hash them out with our peers.”

In the afternoon, six well-known Vermont leaders will deliver a series of short, inspirational presentations. Each less than 10 minutes, the presentations will be led by people who have worked to navigate culture and attitudes in their own work:

• Ted Castle, Rhino Foods Should Business Help their Employees “Bring their Best Selves” to Work?

• Adeline Druart, Vermont Creamery Culture is a Manifestation of Values

• Richard French, The Works Staying Ahead During a Tsunami of Cultural Changes

• Suzanne McDowell, King Arthur Flour Creating Community from the Inside Out

• Carrie Simmons, New Ground Creative Leading Your Business with Integrity

• Luke Stafford, Mondo Mediaworks Beyond “Giving Back”

Rounding out the evening, attendees will have the chance to connect and share their takeaways with each other during a cocktail reception sponsored by WrightJones, PLC.

Campbell noted that the event is open to anyone who is interested in building a healthier company culture or more sustainable organization. “Creating Irresistible Companies” is underwritten by Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP; King Arthur Flour; Merritt & Merritt; and Vermont Rural Ventures. Tickets for the event are $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Sponsors of the event include A.N. Deringer, Inc.; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Black River Produce; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Vermont; Burton Snowboards; Business Culture Consultants; Champlain College; Chroma Technology; Community Bank N.A.; Concept2; Dealer.com; Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC; Downstreet Housing and Community Development; Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand; FairPoint Communications; Far Vision Consulting; Ivy Computer, Inc.; KeyBank; Let’s Grow Kids; McKenzie Country Classics; Middlebury College; Northeast Kingdom Community Action; Norwich Solar Technologies; Small Dog Electronics; The Alchemist; The Farmhouse Group; Third Generation Media & Design; TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design; Union Mutual; University of Vermont; University of Vermont Medical Center; Vermont Business Magazine; Vermont Creamery; Vermont Economic Development Authority; Vermont Energy Investment Corp.; and Vermont PBS.

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