Roundtable Announces 2016 New Medallion Award Recipient [12.5.16]

Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) announced the recipient of the 2016 New Medallion Award, which recognizes exceptional school leadership and progress toward the goals inherent in Act 46 of equity, access, and quality of educational experiences for all Vermont students.

According to Win Smith, Chair of the Roundtable’s Board of Directors, “For 15 years the Roundtable annually recognized schools for the innovative and creative ways in which they delivered excellence in the whole educational experience, despite increasing social and economic pressures. Now in the Act 46 era, the Roundtable believes it is all the more important to recognize exceptional, innovative leadership that best prepares our students for college and career readiness. So, it gives us great pleasure to announce the 2016 winner is Ms. Rachael Potts, Internship Coordinator and Employment Specialist from Harwood Union High School.” Continue reading “Roundtable Announces 2016 New Medallion Award Recipient [12.5.16]”

Roundtable Issues Joint Statement Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness [11.18.16]

(So. Burlington, VT) Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) joined with fellow leaders across Vermont in pledging to support all Vermonters and welcome people of all backgrounds to the Green Mountain state. In doing so, the Roundtable upholds Vermont’s traditions and reputation as a place of hope and opportunity.

According to Ventriss, “The Board of Directors believe that it is important to clearly articulate, on behalf of the full membership, a commitment to those principles that shape a representative democracy and that embrace all communities as equally deserving of those rights and freedoms.”

The joint statement was also signed by Governor Peter Shumlin, Governor-elect Phil Scott, and the presidents of Vermont’s public and private higher education institutions. Continue reading “Roundtable Issues Joint Statement Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness [11.18.16]”

Ventriss VPR Commentary on Opportunity and Obligation

by Lisa Ventriss, President
On the Friday before Election Day I came home to find my copy of Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her time as Secretary of State, Hard Choices, lying on the floor with half of its cover chewed to shreds. Because the only thing my dogs regularly destroy are squeaky tennis balls, I took this as a bad omen and said so to my dogs. Continue reading “Ventriss VPR Commentary on Opportunity and Obligation”

4th Qtr Business Conditions Survey Results Still on Neutral [11.17.16]

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q4 2016 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.

Methodology

The quarterly survey is a tool for tracking business conditions and forecasting the future of Vermont’s economy, by providing insight into business sentiments and trends. Specifically, the survey provides both a look back at the previous quarter and a predictive index going forward.

The data for both the backward and forward-looking questions are weighted to the Vermont economy by sector employment and turned into “diffusion indices”.[1] These diffusion indices provide a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economy over time through the sentiments of the Roundtable members. The survey asked eight retrospective and prospective questions about the CEOs’ economic outlook, demand, capital spending, and employment. Continue reading “4th Qtr Business Conditions Survey Results Still on Neutral [11.17.16]”

Ventriss VPR Commentary on Locker Room Talk

by Lisa Ventriss, President

Once a year, I gather with my fellow state business roundtable executives to network, commiserate, and share best practices. This year we met in Detroit, where I happened to stay at the same hotel as the LA Rams football team, who were in town to play the Lions.

At the onset, let me state that the Rams are my brother’s favorite football team, and interestingly enough, my husband is the former professor of the team’s head coach. So, when I checked into the hotel on Saturday for my meetings and literally ran into the LA Rams team, I was delighted! Continue reading “Ventriss VPR Commentary on Locker Room Talk”

Roundtable President Recognized by New England Secondary School Consortium (10.10.16)

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Referencing her valuable contributions to the State of Vermont in education policy, the New England Secondary School Consortium Council has selected Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable as a Public Will Fellow and member of the Vermont Team.

The Public Will Forum will serve as an expert advisory council informing the work of state agencies of education and the governing body of the NESSC. “I am honored to participate in this important group and look forward to the opportunity to benefit all of Vermont’s children through the work of the Consortium”, stated Ventriss.

The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESS) is a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. Five partner states  – Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students.

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National Life Consultant and Author Jackie Freiberg Coming to VT

National Life Consultant and Author Jackie Freiberg Coming to Vermont to Talk About Stand-Out Leadership

Authored CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness, Telling the Story of National Life’s Distinctive Leadership and Corporate Culture

It’s not enough that Jackie Freiberg, Ph.D., espouses the value of corporate cause. She actually wrote the book about it.

The leadership consultant and author is heading to Vermont in September to engage as many as 400 CEOs and other business leaders at the Vermont Business Roundtable’s third annual Executive Leadership Series breakfast at the Sheraton Burlington. Dr. Freiberg has been a long-time consultant to National Life Group and has helped CEO Mehran Assadi and others at the company transform it into a financial powerhouse by rallying around the simple but difficult promise “Do good. Be good. Make good.” Continue reading “National Life Consultant and Author Jackie Freiberg Coming to VT”

3rd Qtr Business Conditions Survey Results Holding on Neutral

August 16, 2016 – Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q3 2016 results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.

Methodology

The quarterly survey provides both a look back at the previous quarter and a predictive index going forward. The data for both the backward and forward-looking questions are weighted to the Vermont economy by sector employment and turned into “diffusion indices”.[1] These diffusion indices provide a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economy over time through the sentiments of the Roundtable members. The survey asked eight retrospective and prospective questions about the CEOs’ economic outlook, demand, capital spending, and employment.

Overall Findings

The latest survey, which was conducted during the first two weeks of July 2016, achieved a response rate of 69 percent overall and included a 50 percent or greater response rate from all but three sectors within the membership.  Survey results show that: Continue reading “3rd Qtr Business Conditions Survey Results Holding on Neutral”

New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in Vermont

South Burlington, VT — Today Vermont Business Roundtable leaders marked the National Day of Action with release of a report that showcases new research on immigration contributions in Vermont, and highlights the critical need for immigration reform. The event marked the launch of the Reason for Reform campaign, an effort taking place in all 50 states today, sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE).

The Reason for Reform campaign brings together state business, civic, and cultural leaders to urge Congress to take action on immigration reform. Today’s Day of Action event coincides with the release of a new research, including data on the foreign-born population in Vermont, their tax contributions, their spending power, and their role in Vermont’s key industries as leaders and job creators.

“I strongly believe that immigration reform is part of the solution to increase our workforce to support needed economic growth, and the Roundtable is committed to supporting broader legal immigration,” said Michael Seaver, Vermont President of People’s United Bank and Roundtable Vice-Chair. Continue reading “New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Immigrants in Vermont”