Inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon celebrates the women of Southwest Vermont

In the course of the Girls’s Lunch, girls collect round Bennington Faculty President Walker:

Vermont Enterprise Journal The Southwest Vermont Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Berkshire Financial institution, unveiled the Girls in Management Luncheon on Wednesday, Might 11 from 12:00 to 14:00 at Wilson Home in Dorset, Vermont.

Eighty ticket holders, principally girls, had a day of networking, conversations, lunch, awards, and celebrations.

The lunch highlighted the various feminine leaders in Vermont’s Southwest area whereas creating connections, partnerships, and networking alternatives with attendees. Lunch was supplied by Wilson Home and included appetizers, salad, hen and salmon, rice pilaf, pea and blueberry pie.

The chamber’s basic supervisor, Matt Harrington, greeted the attendees earlier than handing the microphone to Lori Kiely, Berkshire Financial institution’s Vermont Regional President.

Kiely welcomed the group of enterprise, non-profit and group leaders who’re selling the various women-focused initiatives presently underway at Berkshire Financial institution.

“Offering girls with alternatives for monetary, bodily and emotional wellness is a precedence at Berkshire Financial institution, so we’re happy to make this assembly doable,” mentioned Kiely.

After the welcome, Laura Walker, President of Bennington Faculty, made the opening speech. Previous to Bennington Faculty, President Walker, who spearheaded the transformation of NYPR from two city-owned native stations to the nation’s largest unbiased, nonprofit public radio station group, entertained attendees with tales about NPR, the massive chicken, the mom, and the girl. chief in a aggressive New York Metropolis setting.

On the finish of the lunch, Chamber and Berkshire Financial institution handed out 4 awards.

The primary award Younger lady in management Award given to a younger lady aged 21-40 for her excellent management and repair, seen as a rising lady by her friends.

This award goes to Kaiya Kirk of couch and cork, Higher Bennington Company and Bennington Bookstore.

Harrington mentioned, “After finding out Theater and Black Research at Bennington Faculty and graduating in 2020, she selected to remain at Bennington and as a society we’re so fortunate she did. One of many nominees mentioned this about her: a power and a management for constructive change, an instance of service and citizenship; energetic, enthusiastic and compassionate.”

The second award was given to MIT. Lady of the 12 months For excellent management and repair to his organisation, group and profession. This award went to Bennington Banner and Susan Plaisance of the Manchester Journal.

“This lady has labored tirelessly for her group and area for over 30 years. ‘A connector, supporter and pal to many,’ mentioned one candidate. I am going to additionally add a mentor to the various who determine to make The Shires their residence,’” Harrington mentioned earlier than the prize was handed out.

It was for the third prize Lifetime Achievement and rewarded To a lady who all through her life has made excellent enterprise/nonprofit management contributions to society whereas inspiring different girls by mentoring and assist.

This award goes to Carolyn Blitz, founding father of Previous Mill Highway Media, writer of Stratton Journal, Vermont Journal, Vermont Information Information, Berkshire Journal and Manchester Life. Blitz has additionally served as Chairman of the Board of the Carlos Otis Stratton Mountain Clinic, Chairman of the Stratton Neighborhood Basis, and Chairman of the Mountain Faculty in Winhall. She is a founding member of the Manchester Enterprise Affiliation and has served on the boards of the Southern Vermont Middle for the Arts, the Bennington Museum and the Manchester Music Competition.

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