“Hope Springs” at Sold Out 32nd Annual VBSR Conference
- “Rising Together” attendees explored new approaches to workforce, humanity, and belonging as leaders, innovators in The Purpose Economy
- 300+ engaged with standing-room-only keynote address, “Hope Springs: On Vision, Justice & Playing the Long Game” [Mascoma Bank, underwriter]
- Networking reception extended into spring evening on Hula Lakeside’s scenic patio [Vermont Community Foundation, underwriter]
The 32nd Annual VBSR Conference, “Rising Together,” assembled with an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd on May 11th at Hula Lakeside, in Burlington. For the first time since 2019, VBSR business and nonprofit leaders, policymakers, students, and inspired individuals gathered in-person (with dozens more joining virtually) for the conference.
Dr. Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., opened the day with her keynote address, “Hope Springs: On Vision, Justice & Playing the Long Game.” More than 300 attendees engaged her presentation as she set the tone for the rest of the day’s nine workshops focused on the leading edge of social and environmental impact across three themes:
- The New Workforce
- Humanity & Belonging
- The Purpose Economy
Attendees explored the unique issues and opportunities that each of these themes present, as well as the points where they intersect. Attendees emerged inspired, connected with forward-thinking leaders, and replenished with resources and concrete action steps to drive change.
“What an amazing in-person VBSR conference. Huge congratulations on putting together an intentional, change-focused, and person-centered event,” said Amanda Van Vranken, Assistant Director for External Partnerships, UVM Career Center. “I teared up during the opening remarks, was fully engaged at every session, and luxuriated in being at Hula, a space that defies all conventions of a typical workplace. It was so heartwarming to be together with so many folx who I haven’t seen in such a long time. Job well done.”
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The 32nd Annual VBSR Conference was generously supported by: