Vermont Works for Women Announces New Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable

January 11, 2022 – WINOOSKI, VT – Vermont Works for Women (VWW) announced the launch of a new program for Vermont employers and educational institutions: Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable (GEAR).

In January 2022, Vermont Works for Women announced the launch of a new program for Vermont employers and educational institutions: Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable (GEAR).

GEAR coalesces businesses, nonprofits, and advocates to learn about best practices and policies for supporting women in the workplace and to collectively advance gender equity and economic justice in the state of Vermont.

“We all know that equity work is ongoing and requires commitment, sustained learning, and accountability,” says Alison Lamagna, Director of Programs and Gender Equity Services at Vermont Works for Women. “Through GEAR, VWW will be providing employers with support and resources as they work to advance gender equity in their workplaces.”

GEAR members receive an invitation to four roundtable sessions each year, where they have the opportunity to hear from gender and equity experts, consult with VWW on best practices and policies, and network with Vermont businesses and professionals who are equally invested in supporting women’s economic independence.

Gender equity is our opportunity to create an economy in Vermont that works for all. In addition to GEAR, Vermont Works for Women provides an array of Gender Equity Services for employers, including professional development workshops, individualized consultation, youth engagement opportunities, and ongoing support. Learn more at


2022 GEAR Sessions

March 16, 2022

Equity Check-In | Discussion Topic: Human-Friendly Workplaces with United Way’s Working Bridges

June 15, 2022

Equity Check-In | Discussion Topic: Addressing Microaggressions in the Workplace

September 14, 2022

Equity Check-In | Discussion Topic: Allyship

December 14, 2022

Equity Check-In | Discussion Topic: TBA: This session will focus on topics or issues that have come up through the course of the year in our roundtable discussions


GEAR Membership Tiers*

Membership levels are based on organizational size:

  • Small (recommended for small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals): $75
  • Medium (recommended for medium-sized companies): $150
  • Large (recommended for corporations and large businesses): $250

*Current Gender Equity employer partners are eligible for one-year free membership in 2022.


GEAR Membership Benefits

  • Recognition on VWW’s GEAR membership webpage
  • Annual GEAR logo to share on business’ website and social media
  • GEAR decal for business’ storefront
  • Access to VWW’s job bank and Vermont Tradeswomen’s group to post open job positions
  • One-time membership spotlight in VWW’s newsletter and social media

Please contact VWW’s Gender Equity team at with any questions or visit our website to learn more:


Vermont Works for Women promotes economic justice by advancing gender equity and supporting women and youth at every stage of their career journeys. Its programs include: career education and exploration for middle and high school girls and gender non-conforming youth; employment and career coaching and hard skills training for women, with a focus on incarcerated women, women in transition from poverty and other traumatic circumstances; and gender equity services for schools and businesses to improve educational and workplace cultures for women. Learn more at