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, applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 cohort. The group will meet quarterly in Montpelier for dinner, conversation and inspiration with Vermont thought leaders, with optional gatherings in Burlington, Montpelier and White River Junction. Applications are due August 21, 2017.
What to Expect
The 2017-2018 cohort will:
- Gather quarterly for conversation and dinner.
- Learn from and get to know Vermont leaders 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.
We will also host informal, optional gatherings to give participants a chance to get to know each other. And, there will be an optional day in the Vermont State House, offering a firsthand view into how public policy takes shape.
The four gatherings will include conversation and dinner with social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders who are making a positive impact on their communities. What are the innovative approaches these leaders have taken as they try to solve the 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 their successes and failures to inform our own journeys?
Meet like-minded young professionals, discover tools for change, enjoy delicious meals together, and learn from Vermonters who are leading the charge!
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 students, please). You must be able to commit to four dinners in Montpelier and a $125 program fee to cover the cost of meals and programming. (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, 5:30-8:00pm, in Montpelier. It’s important that you commit to attending all events:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017: What is the business case for social equity?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017: How can young entrepreneurs find opportunity in the climate change economy?
Wednesday, January 31, 2017: What is the role of public policy in making change?
Wednesday, March 14, 2017: How do you identify the work that is right for you and good for the world?
Interested? Please fill out this form by August 21st so we may learn 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. We will review responses and get back to you by August 25th. Those who will be participating in the cohort will be asked to pay the program fee at that time.