The Vermont Changemakers Table is a professional network for mission-driven young Vermonters committed to the future of Vermont and positive change. A collaboration between Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and the High Meadows Fund, the group will meet quarterly for dinner, conversation and inspiration with Vermont thought leaders.
Members of the cohort are encouraged to connect informally outside of the four organized dinners and take advantage of opportunities to connect with socially responsible businesses at VBSR events. A complimentary VBSR membership will be extended to individuals who are not currently employed by VBSR members. The application period for the 2018/19 cohort is closed. Applications for the 2019/20 cohort will be accepted in the summer of 2019.
What to Expect
The 2018-2019 cohort will:
- Gather quarterly for conversation and dinner.
- Learn from and get to know their fellow cohort members and guests who have used their careers to influence Vermont’s environmental, social, and economic future.
- Learn about tools for change, innovation, and policy engagement.
- Stretch our thinking about how we each want to make a difference in the world.
One meeting will include an optional trip to the Vermont State House, offering a firsthand view into how public policy takes shape.
What are the innovative approaches your peers have taken as they try to solve problems they care about? Which skills, tools and resources have been critical to their success? What keeps them going in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges? How can we learn from each other’s successes and failures to inform our own journeys?
Meet like-minded young professionals, discover tools for change, enjoy delicious meals together, and learn from each other!
Who Should Participate
We want to build a community of young people curious about how to make positive change through their work. Participation is open to mission-driven Vermonters 35 years old or younger in both for- and non-profit sectors (all career stages welcome; no undergraduate students, please). You must be able to commit to four dinners and a $130 program fee to cover the cost of meals and programming. If cost is a barrier to participation, a payment plan may be arranged. Gluten-free and vegan meal options will be available.
Veterans, people of color, first or second generation Americans, individuals with disabilities or socio-economic disadvantage, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with refugee status, rural Vermonters, and individuals from diverse and often underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. We are looking to develop a small, diverse, and committed cohort of no more than 25 people.
The cohort will meet four evenings, generally from 5:30-8:30pm. It’s important that you commit to attending all events:
- Wednesday, September 26, 2018: 4:30 – 8:30pm, Montpelier
“How do you create work that is right for you and good for the world?”
- Wednesday, November 28, 2018: 5:30 – 8:30pm, Northfield
“How can we better orient our work and businesses towards social equity and justice?”
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019: 5:30 – 8:30pm, White River Junction
“Where can young Vermonters find opportunity and hope in the challenges of climate change?”
- Wednesday, April 10, 2019: 5:30 – 8:30pm, (optional tour of the State House at 3:30pm), Montpelier
“What’s your role in impacting public policy and making change?”
We are interested in learning more about you and what you would bring to the group. Our goal is to form a cohort of 25 people representing a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and geographies. Those who will be participating in the cohort will be asked to pay the program fee at that time. The application period for the 2018/19 cohort is closed. Please check back in the summer of 2019 to apply for our next cohort.