On May 3 in Burlington, Krista Conley of Vtrim and Bill Church of Green Mountain Antibodies hosted the first networking event held by a new initiative supporting women in Vermont’s high technology sector. Sponsored jointlyby the Vermont Biosciences and Vermont Software Developers Alliances as well as the Vermont Technology Council, the group is currently called Vermont Women in Science, Technology, Business & Finance. The vision is to bring Vermont’s women together to forge relationships that will benefit their professional lives, advance their economic opportunities, and make Vermont a model environment for female professionals.
The state of Vermont is currently ranked 45th in the number of women-owned businesses—the time is now for female entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders, and financial managers to innovate, stimulate and engage in creating jobs and enhancing economic development in Vermont. The new group seeks to connect women in Vermont’s technology sector who would like to share their knowledge, benefit from the experience of other women in high technology, and help all Vermont women continue to overcome gender barriers and capitalize on opportunities that exist in Vermont business. By creating and building a network of support and mentorship, this women’s collaborative can have a positive impact on business growth in Vermont and will serve to strengthen Vermont’s science and technology infrastructure.
After introductory remarks by Bill and Krista, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, who recently wrote The New Feminist Agenda, shared insights gleaned from her professional journey and her vision for the future role of women in Vermont’s high tech economy. The event was attended by approximately 60 female Vermont professionals from several high tech organizations and higher education institutions. Attendees mingled and enjoyed light snacks before and after Madeline Kunin’s address to the group, and provided their contact information and interest preferences for the group. The organizers plan to use this feedback as a basis for the coalition’s next steps. Stay tuned!