League of Extraordinary Women

Thurs, April 20th  ||  12:00 – 1:30pm  ||  The Essex Resort & Spa
Registration Open to Invited Guests, Members and Their Guests


From its humble beginning in 2010 as a networking opportunity for the women members of the Roundtable, this event has grown to make important and broader introductions among Vermont’s leading female business and thought leaders and their proteges in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and to inspire commitments to be supportive role models for each other.

Jessica Brumsted was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2016 where she serves on the Government Operations Committee and is a member of the Government Accountability Committee.  Jessica is an experienced government relations professional who started her career in Senator Jim Jeffords’ Vermont office in the late 80s before serving as Director of Government Relations at then Fletcher Allen Health Care in the mid- to late-90s.  She left Fletcher Allen to serve as Director of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program at the University of Vermont for several years before resigning to focus her time and energy on raising her four children.  For the last decade, she has been an active community volunteer serving on numerous committees and boards. Jessica is a 2016 graduate of Emerge Vermont, a program that trains women to run for office and become leaders. Currently, she is a member of the Lund Board of Trustees, Women United, and Champlain College’s Single Parents Program.  She is a member of UVM Medical Center’s Auxiliary; where she recently chaired the fundraising committee for UVM Medical Center’s new Mother-Baby inpatient unit.  She has served as a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Visiting Nurses Association and the VNA Board.  A 30-year resident of Vermont, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a master’s in public administration from the University of Vermont.  She is married to John Brumsted and together they are the parents of a blended family of seven children and five grandchildren.

Allyson Laackman is a finance and operations professional, having served in senior leadership roles in Federal government, non-profit, political, and private sector organizations throughout her career. She is currently the interim Co-Executive Director of the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA), an organization that provides affordable housing to low and moderate income residents.

Before moving to Vermont, Allyson was Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago. She also worked at Civic Consulting Alliance, a non-profit that provides pro-bono consulting services to the City of Chicago and Cook County.

Previously, Allyson served as First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff on the 2012 presidential re-election campaign. From 2009-2011, she served the Obama Administration as the chief financial officer for the Executive Office of the President, which includes the White House. She also managed, on an interim basis, the day to day operations of the White House Executive Residence, a national landmark that serves as home to the President, First Lady and their family.

In addition to her involvement at Champlain College and at the BHA, Allyson currently serves on the boards of the Vermont Community Foundation and Wake Robin. She is also a member of the Vermont Women’s Fund Council, serves as a Library Commissioner for Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, and is a member of United Way’s Women United council.

A native of a small farming community west of Chicago, Allyson is a CPA who received both her bachelor’s degree in finance and Masters in Accountancy Sciences from the University of Illinois. She and Don have two children — Don III, who is a PhD candidate in Mathematics at UCLA, and Emily, who works in strategy and analysis for an ad agency in Chicago.

Stacy Weinberger, Early Education Director at King Street Center, has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She has taught Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade, worked as a staff and program developer, and co-directed an independent school. Stacy is a member of the Vermont State Board of Education and serves on the State Advisory Council for Building Bright Futures.








Kimberly DuBrul has been coaching men and women in the areas of business, life and mindset for the past 13 years.  Her passion is to help herself and others to live a beautiful life in all areas, helping people to identify what that means to them, to identify their strengths and to put it all into action.  Planning/strategy, action and accountability are at the core of her work.

She also teaches coach training and certification to an international audience through the CaPP (Coaching and Positive Psychology) institute, is a speaker and emcees events.

In her community, Kimberly has been active throughout her adult life.  Past boards include The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Champlain College.  She most most recently was a member of the Mother Baby Steering Committee at UVM Medical Center.  Currently she is a board member of the Love Light Compassion Foundation, she is on the Great Futures steering committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and is the Chair of the Luncheon committee for the upcoming Lund 125th Birthday Celebration.  Kimberly has always been an active volunteer in her kid’s school activities.

In her spare time, Kimberly teaches and takes yoga and meditation classes, is an avid reader, loves to be in nature and is enjoying becoming a better cook via the Blue Apron!

Kimberly lives in Shelburne with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Pistachio Crusted Atlantic Salmon:: Served with Field Greens Salad, Truffled Risotto and Asparagus
Herb Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast:: Served with Field Greens Salad, Sun Dried Tomato Stuffing Gnocchi Fried in Basil Olive Oil and Artichokes with Prosciutto
Vegetarian Option (Chef’s Choice)

*  You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys to a More Fulfilling Life – Eleanor Roosevelt
*  My Life, My Love, My Legacy – Coretta Scott King
*  Joining Forces Initiative: Helping Employers Connect to Job Seeking
Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
– Former First Lady, Michelle Obama
“Michelle Obama: A Candid Conversation with Champion and Mother in Chief” (Vogue, 11.11.16)
*  We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere – Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel
“How Successful People Make Marriage Work” (Rachel Gillett, Business Insider, 7.18.15)

*  “The First Kitchen: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Austerity Drive” – Jessica Brumsted shared her experience of hosting Roosevelt Dinners. Here’s an interesting look at another facet of Eleanor’s endeavor. (Laura Shapiro, The New Yorker, 11.22.10)

*  The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

Event Contact: Sherra Bourget   [email protected] or (802) 865-0410