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If you are a woman teaching or working in higher education in Vermont, you are already a member of Vermont Women in Higher education. There are no dues, but some great events that focus on networking, professional development and collaboration across the state. Our first event is next month!

2013 VWHE Fall Dinner

When: Thursday October 17, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Capitol Plaza, 100 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

Celebrate the three 2013 VWHE award winners, catch up with colleagues from across the state, and enjoy dinner at the Capitol Plaza in downtown Montpelier.

This year’s keynote speaker is Tiffany Bluemle, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women.

Register now

Please contact Shannon Bohler-Small with any and all questions! or ext 2961.

Now accepting nominations for Vermont Women in Higher Education Awards!

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Each year, the Vermont Women in Higher Education presents three awards to outstanding women.  VWHE is pleased to accept nominations through June 7, 2013 for  the Sister Elizabeth Candon Award for Distinguished Service; the Jackie Gribbons Award for Leadership; and the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award.

The Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award is presented to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and involvement at the national, regional, state, and local levels in related activities.

The Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated leadership ability, served as a model and mentor, developed innovative programs, and contributed significantly to the institution and profession.

The Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions.

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner in the fall. Criteria for each award and nomination forms are available on our web  You may also find us on  Facebook and please join us on Linked In.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Ellen Danahy Liptak  at (802) 485-2084 or by: email  We look forward to receiving your nomination(s).

Brown Bag Lunch for VWHE Conference

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There will be an informal lunchtime get-together on Tuesday March 5th at the Grille with Shannon Bohler-Small, Middlebury’s Institutional Representative to Vermont Women in Higher Education. We will be talking about the organization in general and the Annual Conference in particular!  There is still time to sign up for the Conference taking place March 21-22 at the Killington Grand Resort.  To register online click this link:

If you have questions now, feel free to contact Shannon at or at extension 2961.

Register by March 1st for VWHE Conference!

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VWHE 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference

Thursday March 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM EDT
Friday March 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT

Killington Grand Resort
4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT 05751

The 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference from Vermont Women in Higher Education, with the theme “Pearls of Wisdom,” is March 21 and 22 at Killington Grand Resort. There will be professional workshops, wellness workshops, a leadership panel and more, all in a beautiful setting.

VWHE is very excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker:

Madeleine Kunin, first female governor of Vermont

She is the author of Pearls, Politics and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead and her newest book is titled The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family.

There will also be a great pre-conference speaker March 21: Jane Weintraub, who will be giving a talk titled “Everyday Practices for Putting Wisdom to Work.”

Click below to RSVP and get all of the details, including more on workshops and meal options. Register early to save money!

There is a $10 discount for registration by March 1.

Overnight accommodations are also available at a special group rate.

Visit the VWHE Conference Page for all of the details about the event.

And Join the NEW VWHE Facebook page to stay up to date!


Vermont Women In Higher Education–Conference Requests!

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The theme of the 2013 VWHE Conference is “Pearls of Wisdom”. Former Governor Madeline Kunin will be our keynote speaker.

We are looking for presenters in the areas of

  • Financial Planning, Leadership Development
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Women’s History and Heritage
  • Well-being

We hope that you will consider submitting a workshop proposal.  It is a great opportunity to network with higher education professionals while sharing your personal expertise.  The deadline for proposal submission is November 16. You can find our Request for Proposals on-line at:

Mark your calendar” VWHE Conference, March 22, 2013, at the Killington Grand. Please help spread the word about this exciting opportunity!

Vermont Women in Higher Education Fall Awards Dinner

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Come and learn more about this organization at their annual Fall dinner–held right here in Middlebury this October! Details are below, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shannon Bohler-Small at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at or ext. 2961.

You are invited to the 2012 Fall Leadership Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education! Congratulate the three 2012 VWHE award winners, catch up with colleagues and enjoy dinner at the beautiful Middlebury Inn. The 2012 Keynote Speaker is Christine Plunkett, Burlington College President.

Date: Oct. 4, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $40

2012 Award Winners

  • Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award:
    Victoria Angis, Castleton State College
  • Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award:
    Britten Chase, University of Vermont
  • Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award:
    Lori Stevens, University of Vermont

Register Online Now!

For more information about Vermont Women in Higher Education, visit

Still Time to Attend the VWHE Conference!

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 Vermont Women in Higher Education
2012 Annual Conference & Pre-conference

March 22 & 23, Killington Grand Resort

VWHE Strong: Renew, Regrow, Rebuild

Conference Keynote: Jane Lindholm, host of VPR’s Vermont Edition:
“Life on a Limb: Learning by Taking Risks”

19 professional development workshops to choose from including:

Teaching & Learning, Diversity, Financial Planning, Well-being

Tools for Success

$100 March 23 conference registration fee includes:

Keynote, breakfast, your choice of workshops, all materials, your choice of served lunch, afternoon snack.

Also consider joining us for the pre-conference on Thursday, March 22

Pre-Conference Keynote: Joni Cole
“Learning from Laughter: Tales of Life, Love & Neurotic Human Behavior”

Opportunities during the pre-conference: organized professional networking, interactive workshop and keynote, yoga for balance

$50 March 22 pre-conference registration fee includes:

Keynote, workshop, all materials, professional networking opportunities, served dinner and yoga

Overnight accommodations available at a special group rate

For more information and to register go to

You’re already a member, now take advantage of it!