Meet Our Workshop Presenters

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Christine Badalamenti Smith
Owner and Founder, Yoga Oggi

Morning Wellness: Embodied Breath Meditation for Personal Sustainability and Emotional Resilience (from 7:30 am – 8:00 am)

Christine is the owner and founder of Yoga Oggi.  She is a Yoga Alliance Certified RYT-500 Hour Yoga Teacher.  She has specialized training in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Dharma Yoga Wheel, Yoga for Social Justice and Inclusion, Advanced Pranayama, Anatomy Trains, and more.  She is currently finishing the 1000-Hour Well Rounded Teacher Training at Kripalu.

Christine is a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide.  She creates experiences in nature that connect participants to our most fundamental relationship with the Earth that breathes us into life. Christine is training in transformational Yoga Therapy and is currently certified to lead therapeutic yoga classes to help students tap into the infinite possibility that exists when we are fully present. Christine is a Personal Coach, helping clients to understand their values, desires, and obstacles and creating the conditions for a path to their goals and dreams. 


Laura Bailey
Research Director, Maclay Architects

Cohesive Actions to Avert Climate Change, Make Money, Power Our State with Clean Energy, and Nurture Thriving Communities (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Laura Cavin Bailey is currently the Research Director at Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, VT and works on energy efficient design, analysis, and monitoring.   She has worked with systems thinking through diverse environmental design experience including permaculture, biodiesel production, solar installation, an off-grid design/build company in Colorado, and as a research fellow at the Energy Studies in Buildings Lab at the University of Oregon.  

Sarah Barrett

Director of HR, PC Construction

Organizational JEDI Strategies: Sharing Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Sarah Barrett leads the Human Resources team at PC Construction where she oversees people and culture initiatives. Fostering an organizational culture of collaboration, career development, continuous improvement, and bringing more awareness to diversity and inclusion initiatives are a few of the topics Sarah is passionate about. A graduate of Hartwick College and Suffolk University, Sarah has worked in the field of HR for almost 20 years and lives in Williston, Vermont with her husband and two children.

Daron Byerly
Talent Strategist, Burton Snowboards

Building a Hybrid Team Culture (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)

Daron Byerly works as Talent Strategist at Burton Snowboards. His primary role is to elevate the Burton employee experience through organization development, learning and training, change management, and employee engagement. His primary project this Spring is forming a recommendation on Burton’s re-opening of the office focusing on flexibility, culture, and office design. Prior to Burton Snowboards, Byerly steeped in and contributed to some of Vermont’s most iconic companies with roles in Operations and Marketing. Byerly is completing a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and Organization Development with a concentration in Positive Organization Development from Champlain College.


David Epstein
Managing Principal, TruexCullins

Building a Hybrid Team Culture (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)

David Epstein is the Managing Principal of TruexCullins, a mission-driven design firm in Burlington, Vermont with expertise in residential, workplace, education, and hospitality design. He has over 30 years of design and project leadership experience, working with clients in the U.S. and overseas. As a leader in the K-12 Education and Workplace Studios at TruexCullins, David uses an inclusive design approach to create healthy, collaborative learning and work environments.


Chad Farrell
Founder / CEO, Encore Renewable Energy

Cohesive Actions to Avert Climate Change, Make Money, Power Our State with Clean Energy, and Nurture Thriving Communities (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a leader in community scale renewable energy project development services. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of brownfields redevelopment and renewable energy project finance, development and construction. At Encore, Mr. Farrell has led innovative and collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 80 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing more than $100M in total investment value. Many of these projects involve reclaiming undervalued real estate for clean energy generation and storage, helping to revitalize communities and create a cleaner, brighter future for all.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and earned a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. Chad serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont. Following appointment by the Vermont Senate to represent the clean energy sector, he is currently serving on the Vermont Climate Council. 

Howard Harris, Jr.
Account Manager, DC SEU / VEIC

Organizational JEDI Strategies: Sharing Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Howard is an experienced sales professional that has worked for various “Fortune 500” companies over the past 20 yrs (Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Toyota Motor Sales, Eli Lilly, and FedEx) specializing in sales and business development.  Howard currently manages the multi-family housing sector for DCSEU (a subsidiary of VEIC) where he focuses on developing sustainable projects throughout the District of Columbia, focusing on helping the District meet the aggressive sustainability goals spelled out by the Mayor.  Howard has most recently been elected as the co-chair of VEIC’s Corporate Culture Committee, where, in collaboration with the committee members and the organization’s senior leadership team, he helps develop, drive, operationalize and measure diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, trainings, practices, and processes across the organization, both internal- and external-facing.  Prior to joining DCSEU Howard worked as a Regional Manager for Clean Energy Fuels, the nation’s leader in providing sustainable, renewable natural gas solutions for transportation.  Howard’s relationship building and communication skills helped to make him one of Clean Energy’s most effective and impactful members of the business development team.  Howard received his BS in Business Management and MBA from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Jeffrey Hollender
CEO, American Sustainable Business Council and Co-Founder, Seventh Generation

Building a Culture of Purpose (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, that develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University and a Board member of the Social Venture Circle.

Hollender is also strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US; and currently CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy.  He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home. 


Al Johnson-Kurts 

Communications Director, Change The Story (Al/They/Them)

Mind the Gap! Pay Equity Tools for Vermont’s Small to Mid-Size Employers (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Al is a facilitator, organizer, and communications specialist from Central Vermont. Al attended U-32 High School in Montpelier and holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College. Among other positions in both the climate and progressive political spheres, Al has worked as the State Divestment Organizer for 350Vermont, a Training Fellow with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Press Secretary for Zephyr Teachout’s 2014 New York gubernatorial run, Communications Manager for Rights & Democracy VT/NH, and Field Director for Zephyr Teachout’s 2018 campaign for Attorney General. Al currently volunteers as a member of Central Vermont Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and serves on the steering committee for the VT Freedom Fund / El Fondo Para La Libertad VT. Al plays the saxophone in the Burlington-based anti-imperialist street band Brass Balagan. 

Sandrine Kibuey 

Director of Housing Advocacy Programs, CVOEO

Organizational JEDI Strategies: Sharing Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Sandrine Kibuey is the Director of Housing Advocacy Programs, a statewide program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)-one of the five community action agencies serving the State of Vermont. For the last 9 years, she has managed housing advocacy, rapid rehousing, prevention, support programs and services for vulnerable communities.

Prior to working at CVOEO, she was a project manager for VSO International where she provided project turn-around expertise focusing on health and social issues of rural communities in the North region of Cameroon (Water Management, HIV/AIDS and Justice & Peace).
She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Kinshasa-Democratic Republic of Congo, and a MS in International Community Economic of Development from Southern New Hampshire University.


Eveline Killian
Associate Principal, Cx Associates

Cohesive Actions to Avert Climate Change, Make Money, Power Our State with Clean Energy, and Nurture Thriving Communities (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Eveline Killian, CEM, Associate Principal at Cx Associates, is an architectural engineer with over 25 years of experience in commercial and industrial buildings, project management, and energy analysis. She led Cx Associates’ work in updating the Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) and is the project manager and lead engineer for Cx Associates’ energy analysis contract with Consolidated Edison Company of New York.  Eveline has over 10 years’ hands-on experience commissioning, retrocommissioning, and providing energy audits for a variety of commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings across the region.

Shaun King

Director of Retirement Plan Services, Hickok & Boardman Retirement Solutions

Divest/Invest: Free Your Employee Retirement Plan from Carbon Pollution (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Shaun has been a retirement industry practitioner since 1996. He spent his first 10 years as a third-party administrator gaining valuable experience with plan design, compliance & administration services for 401(k), 403(b), Profit Sharing, Money Purchase and Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Since joining Hickok & Boardman Retirement Solutions in 2006 he has earned his Series 65 investment advisor license, the Professional Plan Consultant™ and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor credentials and become an owner in the firm. As Director of Retirement Plan Services, Shaun is responsible for client engagement, business operations oversight and new business development.

Alison Lamagna

Director of Programs & Gender Equity, Vermont Works for Women 

Mind the Gap! Pay Equity Tools for Vermont’s Small to Mid-Size Employers (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Alison Lamagna is the Director of Programs & Gender Equity at Vermont Works for Women. She oversees all programming at VWW, and leads gender equity trainings and professional development for schools, tech centers, and employers. Additionally, Alison represents VWW’s advocacy efforts around women’s issues in Vermont, represents VWW on committees such as Change the Story VT and the Vermont Commission on Women, and sits on the steering committee for Working to Advance Vermont Equity (WAVE). Alison has more than 20 years of experience delivering and managing people-centered nonprofit programming in Colorado and Vermont. A New England native, she enjoys spending her free time trying new recipes, sitting by the campfire, and spending time with her busy family.


Bill Maclay
Founding Principal, Maclay Architects

Cohesive Actions to Avert Climate Change, Make Money, Power Our State with Clean Energy, and Nurture Thriving Communities (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Bill Maclay offers a broad and deep background with 50 years of experience and expertise in design thinking, communication, and education. Bill is a passionate practitioner, author, speaker, teacher, and advocate for a sustainable future. Bill engenders transformative thinking among his clients, other professionals, and the public at large. He is a nationally recognized innovator and leader in sustainable, environmental, and Net Zero design. His work includes a wide range of diverse and innovative projects and initiatives for positive change at local, regional and national scales. Since his first solar project in 1971, Bill has been at the forefront of designing innovative projects that serve as replicable and cost-effective models. Bill’s book, “The New Net Zero,” is recognized as a leading resource on Net Zero building design and construction. It offers a renewably-powered vision for the planet with concrete strategies and technologies for implementation. His and Maclay Architects’ work demonstrates that Net Zero, sustainable practices are essential to the future, as well as feasible and affordable to implement at every scale. In all of these endeavors, Bill brings passion, commitment, and expertise to create a thriving planet and future in collaboration with others. 

Alex MacLean
Partner and President of Public Relations & Strategic Communications, Leonine Public Affairs

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Alex has designed and implemented many successful public relations efforts and campaigns. Throughout her career she has helped businesses, non-profits and political campaigns create and execute their strategic visions. From 2008 to 2012 Alex worked for Governor Shumlin as his Chief of Staff in his capacity as Senate Pro Tem and then Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff once he was elected Governor. She served as the Governor’s Campaign Manager for both his 2010 and 2012 campaigns for Governor. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh Alex has worked over the past decade in New England public affairs. Alex lives with her husband in Peacham, Vermont where in addition to two small children they raise chickens and horses. 


Sascha Mayer
CEO & Co-Founder, Mamava; Chair, VBSR Public Policy Committee

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Sascha Mayer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mamava, Inc. in Burlington, Vermont. Mamava designs solutions for nursing mamas on the go, and since 2015 has placed over 550 lactation suites in locations as diverse as airports, sports stadiums, automobile factories, and military bases. Mission driven, women-owned, and a Certified B-Corp, Mamava created a category and is the leading expert in lactation spaces. Mamava’s smartlock enabled lactation suites and mobile app are designed with consideration of the biological, physical, and emotional needs of nursing mamas (and babies) on the go.

Sascha started with Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (Mamava’s birthplace) in 1995. She helped to develop the Living Brand®, Solidarity’s philosophy on brands and brand creation. As Strategy Director, Sascha participated in the creation of many brands, including HP, Levi’s, Lululemon, Merrell Apparel, Nike Women. Before joining Solidarity, Sascha worked for the office of Congressman (now Senator) Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), where she served as staff assistant and assistant press secretary. In 2018 Sascha and her Mamava co-founder, Christine Dodson, were the SBA’s Small Business Persons of the Year from Vermont.

Kadijah Means
Equity & Intentionality Consultant, Kadijah Means Strategy & Consulting

Power & Privilege: Exploring Daily Manifestations of Systemic Oppression in the Workplace (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)

Kadijah Means is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and serves on the Board of Directors for Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz. She integrates the principles of nonviolent communication and harm-reduction into anti-oppression education. Kadijah has worked with organizations in the private and public sectors to facilitate conversations around gender, sexuality, race, and other topics of systemic oppression. 

Through her work, she invites us, "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing," into a space the poet Rumi imagined could transform conflict into connection. By integrating introspection, empathy, and critical theory, Kadijah adopts a holistic approach to anti-oppression learning. She is featured on various podcasts, most notably NPR’s This American Life, where she discussed racial identity development in children. For more information on fostering community, nonviolent communication, and anti-racism philosophy, read her chapter, “How To Address Racism In Schools,” in Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom (2019). 

Jermaine Moore
Principal Consultant, The Mars Hill Group

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Culture (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Jermaine has spent the last twenty years building and developing highly engaged, high-performing teams. Using a value-driven approach, he helps define culture, while introducing and reinforcing skills and behaviors that drive business results and team performance. Jermaine partners with organizational leaders to prioritize critical objectives and ensure teams are equipped to achieve their goals. Jermaine’s areas of expertise include diversity, culture, leadership, and team development and coaching. He is also a sought after speaker, facilitator and trainer, specializing in communication, diversity and inclusion, change management, and workforce planning. Jermaine also serves as the Diversity Director for the Human Resources State Council of NH and on the board of the Diversity Workforce Coalition.


Jessica Nordhaus

Director, Change The Story VT


Mind the Gap! Pay Equity Tools for Vermont’s Small to Mid-Size Employers (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

Jessica is the Director of Change The Story. Her entrepreneurial, design-informed approach to her work has deep roots: after graduating from Yale College she founded Horny Toad Activewear (now Toad & Co.); taught middle and high school English; managed Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s 2012 campaign; and advised Burlington/Winooski Partnership for Change on communications and community engagement, and led city efforts to design the Burlington Early Learning Initiative. Jessica is a Fletcher Free Library Commissioner, co-founder of the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum and serves on the Advisory Board of Emerge Vermont. She is also a managing partner at a mid-size, rapidly growing family firm in the South End of Burlington that specializes in big dinners, bad jokes and lots of laundry. 

Samantha Pause
Chief Marketing Officer and Benefit Officer, Mascoma Bank

Moving Into Action: Turning Today’s Inspiration into A Powerful Action Plan (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Samantha Pause is the Chief Marketing Officer and Benefit Officer at Mascoma Bank.  A lifelong banker, Samantha started her career on the front line as teller.  Over many years she has worked in several different departments throughout the bank which has given her given her great insight to how the bank functions and a good understanding of customer behavior.  In 2017, Samantha helped to facilitate the Bank becoming a Certified B Corporation®.  Samantha is passionate about company values and culture and is privileged to be able to spend time connecting with the 350 employees of the bank helping them understand where their personal values line up with the company values.

Duane Peterson
Co-President, SunCommon; VBSR Board Member (2015 – Present)

Divest/Invest: Free Your Employee Retirement Plan from Carbon Pollution (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Duane has a varied background. A social entrepreneur, he’s on his 7th career with stints as a medic, police officer, non-profit manager, political campaigner, justice department official, legislative director and values-led business practitioner. The common thread: organizing people to take meaningful action towards positive change. He moved to Vermont in 1996 to help Ben use Ben & Jerry’s as a force for social change. After 12 years there as Ben’s Chief of Stuff, Duane left to launch his latest venture — SunCommon — to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to help repower Vermont with clean, safe, in-state energy. A Benefit Corporation and a Certified BCorp, SunCommon is Vermont’s largest provider of residential, community and commercial solar business with over 100 employees. Duane has been a part of the VBSR community since 1996 and his wife Laura served as VBSR’s Program Manager back in the day. He’s a member of the Social Venture Network and serves on the Board of Trustees at VPIRG. He was recognized by VBSR in 2015 with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement in values-led business.


Hallie Picard
Human Resources, The Alchemist

Organizational JEDI Strategies: Sharing Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Hallie Picard heads up Human Resources at The Alchemist. Born and raised in Vermont, she has helped develop and operate various small businesses in the state's food and beverage industry. She brings with her a passion for authentic messaging, empowering working families, a culture of inclusivity, giving back to the community,  a love of the outdoors, and great food and drink of course! She lives in Morrisville with her husband and 3 year old son. 

Meredith Roberts

Executive Director, American Nursing Association - VT

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Meredith L. Roberts RN, BSN, MSN, PhD has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and after getting her PhD, presented research in Africa as well as America. She has practiced in a variety of settings: ICU, nurse supervisor, oncology case manager, chair of cancer support groups, infectious disease, school nurse and educator. She worked at Vermont Tech since 2004, and helped to start the Bachelors in Nursing program, functioning as interim BSN director for two years, then returning to a tenured faculty role until 2018, working across the nursing program and assisting in restructuring for seamless progression. After becoming Executive Director of American Nursing Association (ANA) – VT, she reduced to adjunct faculty, and still works with hospice and as a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. She is a COVID survivor, after working with COVID-19 patients, a life-long learner, and places great value on both formal and informal experiences.   

Connie Roy-Czyzowski
Vice President of Human Resources, Northeast Delta Dental

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Culture (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)


Connie Roy-Czyzowski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, is Vice President of Human Resources at Northeast Delta Dental.  Connie’s HR career spans over four decades and includes Human Resources experience in municipal government, employment as a US Senate staff member, and working in recruiting and college admissions.  Connie was awarded the HR Hero Award by her peers in 2003.  Connie was one of NH Business Review’s “Outstanding Women in Business”, received a NH Business & Industry Association “Above and Beyond Award”, and was honored by the NH YWCA as a “Susan B. Anthony Award” recipient.  

Connie is a graduate of Leadership NH and serves as Board Member for NeighborWorks Southern NH; a member of the Manchester Community College Advisory Board after serving for over 16 years as a Trustee of the Community College System of New Hampshire; a member of the Advisory Council for NH Employment Security; a Corporator for Canterbury Shaker Village; and a member of the St. Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance Advisory Board.  During her career, she has served on a number of non-profit boards in New Hampshire and as a mentor in NH Non-Profits’ Hoffman Haas Fellowship Program.  


Frank Sadowski
Principal, Sadowski Consulting Services

Mind the Gap! Pay Equity Tools for Vermont’s Small to Mid-Size Employers (from 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm)

After over two decades at Gallagher, Flynn & Company, where he established the Human Resource Consulting Division and served as a partner, Frank founded Sadowski Consulting Services in 2019. Frank’s work focuses on executive and professional compensation and recruiting. His compensation consulting has included helping organizations of all kinds develop their compensation philosophies, determine the competitive pay for their positions, create or revise their pay systems, develop innovative incentive programs, and assess progress toward gender and racial equity. He currently serves on the board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and teaches business ethics at Champlain College. He speaks to groups on a range of issues related to faith, spirituality, and ethics in the workplace. Frank holds Master’s degrees in both Public Policy and Divinity. 


Leslie Samuelrich
President, Green Century Funds

Divest/Invest: Free Your Employee Retirement Plan from Carbon Pollution (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Leslie Samuelrich leads Green Century Capital Management, focusing on the firm’s investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. The Green Century Funds have experienced 570% growth under her leadership. Ms. Samuelrich has more than 25 years of experience in ESG investing, corporate engagement, and environmental and public health advocacy. Her comments have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Responsible Investor, Barron’s, and many other outlets. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) and the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network. She is a guest lecturer on impact investing at The Wharton School and annually presents at dozens of national and regional industry conferences and events. Ms. Samuelrich was honored with the 2019 SRI Service Award, which recognizes an “individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, high standards of professional conduct, and accomplishment in collaboration with other SRI industry leaders.” She also was selected as one of the “43 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” in 2020. She holds a BA in Economics from Boston College.


Cyrus Schenck
Founder, Renoun Skis


Carbon Reduction in Businesses Large and Small (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)

Cyrus Schenck is a Northern Vermont native, the founder of, Renoun Skis, and a ski designer with an award-winning technology that’s used by no other ski manufacturer in the world.

Kerry Secrest
Principal, Watershed Coaching, LLC 

Moving Into Action: Turning Today’s Inspiration into A Powerful Action Plan (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Kerry pairs her experience working on four continents with a passionate, community-minded approach, helping her clients enhance effectiveness, achieve goals, and deepen personal fulfillment. Her expertise includes executive coaching, team coaching, organizational development, and women in leadership. Whether working with individuals or organizations, her goal is to enable her clients to live and lead from core values in order to make a more meaningful impact at work, at home, and in communities. In 2009, Kerry founded the Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont, an intensive leadership program which has positively impacted hundreds of women around the state. 

Nick Sherman
Partner and President of Government Relations, Leonine Public Affairs

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)

Nick lobbies for a wide variety of clients in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Over the past 15 years, Nick has helped clients in health care, transportation, manufacturing, information technology, education and energy manage their government relations with state and local government. Nick grew up in Washington, Vermont where he still lives with his family on a small, semi-operational farm. 

Jude Smith Rachele
Co-founder & CEO, Abundant Sun

Organizational JEDI Strategies: Sharing Experiences, Challenges, and Lessons Learned (from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Jude is a highly charismatic, dynamic, and insightful consultant and presenter. Originally from the USA, she has lived and worked internationally across the UK, Europe and the Americas, and currently resides in Vermont, USA. Jude has worked in the area of diversity, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership and cultural competence for the past 25 years. She has designed numerous programs to help professionals display inclusive behaviors and to understand and respond respectfully to various cultural traditions, behaviors and values. Her work also emphasizes the responsibility that professionals must understand differences in order that they don’t discriminate and that they treat people fairly or sensitively. The objective is to get the best out of people by understanding them as individuals, within the context of their different visible and non-visible identities.

Jude has been an Adjunct Professor at Marlboro College, Vermont, where she designed an MBA course in Data Analytics, Decision-making and Performance Management. Previously she has also been an Adjunct Professor in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, and Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Working globally, Jude introduces best practice from the private and public sectors of many territories ensuring clients receive leading-edge learning solutions. Jude holds a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Business. She is the author of many articles, and of the book “Dismantling Diversity Management: Introducing an Ethical Performance Improvement Campaign.” Jude was also a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio delivering several powerful and insightful commentaries on contemporary issues.

Sas Stewart
Founder, Adventure Dinner

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)


Sas Stewart is an entrepreneur passionate about creating products, spaces, and events that engage and activate community. She co-founded Stonecutter Spirits, an award-winning craft spirits distillery in Middlebury, Vermont, and later launched the activist cocktail bar Highball Social in Burlington, Vermont. Sas is also the creator of Adventure Dinners, the sought after pop-up cocktail dinner series in secret locations around Vermont, now in its fifth year.


In 2019 Sas was named one of the top 50 entrepreneurs to watch in the US, and currently consults in brand and business strategy with a specialization in food, beverage, and hospitality.

Sas and her projects have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Food and Wine, Outside Magazine, Sift, Bloomberg, Imbibe, Better Homes and Gardens and other publications.

She is a graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders program, and holds a B.A in English from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Sustainable Planning and Development from Pratt Institute.


Austin Whitman
CEO, Climate Neutral

Carbon Reduction in Businesses Large and Small (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)

Austin has spent his career working on early stage environmental markets and technologies, with a healthy dose of policy work along the way. His first venture into carbon offsetting began in grad school with a program he started to sell carbon offsets to his classmates.


Mickey Wiles
CEO & Founder, Working Fields

Businesses at the Forefront of Policy Change: Stories, Strategies, and Impact (from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)


Mickey Wiles is the CEO and Founder of Working Fields, a mission-based staffing agency focused on second chance hires, predominately people in recovery from substance use addictions. Mickey leads a staff of Account Managers and Recovery Coaches that provides a supportive model of employment and recovery.  This innovative employment solution meets the needs of both those in early recovery as well as Vermont Employers seeking dedicated and reliable employees.


Lisa Yaeger
Chief Equity, People & Culture Officer, Vermont Foodbank

Building a Hybrid Team Culture (from 9:15 am – 10:30 am)


Lisa Yaeger is a human resources leader with non-profit, higher education and health care experience.  She has managed HR, administrative functions, and IT infrastructure at several organizations and is curently focused on creating equitable structures and systems at the Vermont Foodbank.  Lisa serves as the Certification Director for the SHRM Vermont State Council and holds a SHRM-CP.  She earned a master’s degree in communications from the University of Denver and a certificate in HR management from the University of New Hampshire.