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Register Now for Vermont Women in Higher Education’s Annual Conference!

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Would you welcome a break from your daily routine to learn some new skills and network with peers statewide? Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) has a terrific opportunity for you!  As a woman working in higher education in Vermont, you are automatically a member of VWHE.  There are no annual dues.

The 2015 VWHE Leadership Conference titled “Better Together mentoring for success” is scheduled for March 26-27, at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont.

This year’s conference has a terrific line up of dynamic speakers, engaging workshops and more networking opportunities than ever! The pre-conference draws more and more women every year.  This year’s pre-conference keynote features Kerry Secrest, who will speak on “Building Strong Networks.”  Following Kerry, comedian Josie Leavitt will lead a workshop on “Finding Your Voice with Humor.”  Rounding out the evening will be a “Professional Clothing Swap.” So pull out those good wearables that you no longer use, and trade them in for some exciting new-to-you garments for your closet.  Accessories are welcome too.

The conference keynote speaker will be Bethany Bosch.  You may recognize her as the woman who recently swam solo across the English Channel.

So, mark your calendars and register now at to take advantage of the $10 discount for early bird signup by March 1.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the conference.  This is a great opportunity to network and recharge your batteries both professionally and personally.  We will wrap up the conference with a terrific raffle that funds the VWHE Scholarship.  Please come prepared to purchase raffle tickets  @ $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.  Winners will walk away with some awesome prizes courtesy of our generous donors, artisan crafters, and professional service providers both locally and nationwide.  If you have an item you would like to donate to the cause, please call or send me an email to let me know.  A donation receipt will be provided.

If you have not already, please join our Facebook and Linked In pages. (Links below.)


Carol A. Moore Scholarship–applications now being accepted!

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Vermont Women in Higher Education annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to a woman working in higher education, either faculty or staff, who is successful in her campus role. The scholarship must be used to engage in professional development or academic pursuits in order to further her career. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to supporting women’s leadership on campus. For further questions, please contact Shannon Bohler-Small at or extension 2961.

Application deadine is November 30, 2014.

For the form and more information please go to .


Vermont Women in Higher Education Awards Dinner: all are welcome!

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LESS THAN ONE MONTH until the 2014 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education! Register now!Celebrate the three 2014 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 Peggy R. Williams, co-founder of VWHE.Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – networking
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. – keynote address
5:30 p.m. – dinner
Cost: $432014 VWHE Award Winners

  • Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award:
    Mary Hoppe, Norwich University
  • Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award:
    Megan Doczi, Norwich University
  • Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award:
    Beth Mintz, University of Vermont

About the Keynote Speaker
A co-founder of Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams has a long history of leadership at institutions in both Vermont and New York. She served as the seventh president, and the first woman president, of Ithaca College in New York from 1997 to 2008. Prior to Ithaca, Peggy served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years. In addition, she held positions of Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Business and Economic Department and Associate Professor at Trinity College. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.

Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Capitol Plaza
100 State Street
Phone #: 802-223-5252
Montpelier, VT 05602


Vermont Women in Higher Education Award Nominations–Deadline extended!

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The VWHE Awards Committee has extended the 29th annual VWHE award nominations deadline until Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Please spread the word and encourage nominations for some of the deserving women you might know.


VWHE will present three awards to outstanding women: the Sister Elizabeth Candon Award for Distinguished Service; the Jackie Gribbons Award for Leadership; and the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award at our fall dinner (date to be determined).  Nomination forms, which include criteria for each award, as well as past award recipients, are available on our website –


You are in a unique position to nominate women who have made significant contributions to higher education at your institution or organization.  Please share this information with others who also may identify deserving nominees.  On behalf of VWHE, I invite you and your colleagues to submit nominations and supporting statements to Shanti McKenna by July 10, 2014.


If you have questions or need further information, please contact Shanti at (802) 786-3825, email, or fax (802)786-4980. We look forward to receiving your nomination(s).


It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for VWHE!

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The Vermont Women in Higher Education conference is still accepting registrations!

Our pre-conference keynote speaker is Jennifer Hetzel Silbert and our Conference keynote is Cary Brown, Executive Director of Vermont Commission on Women.

The conference fee covers a number of workshops, meals, and networking sessions. Women from educational institutions all over the state will be traveling to Killington Grand Resort on March 20th and 21st for this annual event.

Friday only: $110

Both days: $160

Register today by going to

If you have ANY questions please feel free to contact Shannon Bohler-Small at ext. 2961 or


VWHE Annual Conference Registration

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 Please feel free to contact Shannon Bohler-Small with any questions! x2961
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VWHE 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference
Thursday March 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM EDT
Friday March 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM EDT
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Killington Grand Resort
4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT 05751
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The 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference from Vermont Women in Higher Education, with the theme “Creating Opportunity for Women,” is March 20 and 21 at Killington Grand Resort. There will be professional workshops, wellness workshops, a networking lunch, raffle, and more, all in a beautiful setting.

VWHE is very excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker:
Cary Brown, Executive Director of The Vermont Commission on Women 

Prior to becoming Executive Director for this independent state agency, she served two terms as a VCW commissioner. Previously, she served as the Director of Girls’ Programs for Vermont Works for Women, a non-profit organization supporting education, training, and careers in non-traditional fields for women and girls.

There will also be a great pre-conference speaker March 20: Jen Hetzel Silbert, who will be giving a talk titled “The Super Heroine Within.”


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.
 Click Here to Register Now!
Visit the VWHE Conference Page for all of the details about the event, including detailed workshop descriptions. And join theVWHE Facebook page to stay up to date!




Christina Fabrey
Vermont Women in Higher Education
(802) 287-8234

Vermont Women in Higher Education Scholarship Opportunity!

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The Carol A. Moore Scholarship recognizes women currently working in higher education who are successful in their roles, who intend to engage in professional development or academic pursuits in order to further their career, and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women’s leadership. VWHE is pleased to offer up to two $1,000 scholarships in support of this mission. Applications are due no later than November 30th. 

Please go to our website in order to download an application.

Applications should be sent to Shannon Bohler-Small

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 108 , extension 2961