April 2017 In the Round Digest


VTPM Recruits First Industry Collaborative Participants

The Vermont Talent Pipeline Management (VTPM) Team* held two separate orientation sessions in April with CEOs and owners from both the construction and health care industries, and their reactions to the VTPM model were universally positive. Our two pilot projects are up and running!

Health care represents the largest single sector in Vermont’s economy and is growing, and Construction has a rapidly aging field workforce: both are priorities identified in the Vermont Workforce Needs Assessment Survey report released by VT Department of Economic Development in January 2017.

What VTPM will demonstrate over the next couple of collaborative meetings through a series of “demand planning” exercises, is that the data used by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and VT Department of Labor (DOL) have significant limitations; they are not granular or sufficient enough to forecast the real needs of industries. Collaborative participants themselves will help create a proven survey instrument that allows employers to describe with precision the gaps in critical roles, define the skills and industry required certifications (IRCs) and additional preparations necessary for employment, as well as the timelines needed for these new hires.

Members of the VTPM Team will participate in the second training session in May, which will focus on managing the supply side of the equation. Here, the VTPM Team will use the newly aggregated database to analyze talent flows from current providers, implement shared performance measures to determine or improve value received from providers, and align incentives that strengthen the talent pipeline.

*Vermont Business Roundtable; VT Department of Economic Development; VT Department of Labor; Brattleboro Regional Credit Corporation; Franklin/Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board; LCRCC Workforce Education

5th Annual Ladies Luncheon Draws Record Crowd

More than 100 women attended the Roundtable’s 5th annual League of Extraordinary Women Luncheon held at The Essex Resort and Spa on April 20th, signaling a deep desire to connect with each other. Roundtable members sent teams of women, CEOs brought their protégés and mentees, and mothers brought their daughters to hear a panel of accomplished women talk about their dual roles as leaders in their respective fields, while playing supportive spouse to husbands in highly visible leadership positions.

State Representative Jessica Brumsted; Allyson Laackman, Burlington Housing Authority; and, Stacy Weinberger, King Street Center were facilitated by life coach Kim DuBrul of Your Year of Transformation. In addition to describing their journeys to their current leadership positions, they spoke about the often confusing and undefined expectations associated with being the spouse of a leader. Each of them described the tools they use to negotiate the inherent conflicts of their professional and personal lives: Brumsted uses “intuition”; Laackman relies on “faith, trust, confidence, and grace”; and Weinberger, an early childhood educator, uses “big paper and colored markers.”

In our 30th anniversary year, the Roundtable will use events such as these to create memorable forums in which working men and women can gather to network, learn from each other, and let down our hair; in which we aim to not only expand our own personal and professional connections, but also those of our protégés, mentees, and younger colleagues. And in supporting each other, we strengthen our collective ability to advance the Roundtable’s vision to “make Vermont the best place in America to do business, be educated, and live life.”

Nordic Educational Trust Scholarship Selection Committee Makes 2017 Awards

Enabling others to pursue life-changing experiences is cause for celebration. And so is the case with this year’s four newly awarded Nordic Educational Trust Scholars. With 47 applications to review, our faithful NET Selection Committee met over the course of two nights in April to review applications, interview students and make determinations. Guided by the spirit of NET founder, Ross Anderson, and limited only by available funds, the committee made the following new awards:

  • Two scholarships to support technical degrees in Nursing (females)
  • One scholarship to support a student pursuing a degree in Architecture (male)
  • One scholarship to support a student in the Automotive program at VTC (female)

Second year scholars include two students pursing studies in Computer Science (females).

If you would like to help support more Vermont students pursue technical degrees, please consider making a contribution to the VBR Research Education Foundation (a 501 (c) 3 organization), and reference the Nordic Educational Trust Scholarship.

We’d like to offer a special Thank You to the NET Selection Committee to your dedication and generosity of time.

The Vermont Early Childhood Business Council Updates on its Action

The Vermont ECBC is a growing coalition of employers and business leaders working diligently together to push for systems change for child care. A lack of high quality childcare not only affects the families that are seeking it, but also hinder recruitment and retention for employers throughout the state.  Follow the link to  Read More on the Vermont ECBC and its Members’ Recent Work.

Roundtable Welcomes New Members
Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College
David Rees, Senior VP for Institutional Initiatives, Bennington College (Associate)
David Provost, Executive VP for Finance and Administration, Middlebury College (Associate)
Patrick McHugh, State President – New Hampshire, FairPoint Communications, who succeeds Beth Fastiggi

Governor Presents Employer Wellness Awards to a Number of Member Organizations

In addition to the 21 member organizations recognized as leaders of creating wellness-focused work cultures, VBR Immediate Past Chair, Win Smith was honored with the 2017 Vermont Wellness Leadership Award by Governor Scott at the annual Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 23rd.

The Roundtable applauds all for living out our adopted mission, and making life better for those you steward. Awardees include:
North Country Federal Credit Union       Engelberth Construction
Hickok & Boardman Insurance                   Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.
Chroma Technology Corp.                            King Arthur Flour Co.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont           Sonnax Industries, Inc.
Northfield Savings Bank                                Champlain College
Hubbardton Forge                                             VSECU
Northwestern Medical Center                     Sugarbush Resort
Brattleboro Retreat                                           National Life Group
Howard Center                                                     PC Construction Company
University of Vermont Medical Center     MVP Health Care
University of Vermont                                      Green Mountain Power Corp.

Read More of Vermont Business Magazine Announcement

Vermont Business Magazine Announces ‘2017 Best of Business in Vermont’ Awards; Includes 20 Member Organizations

Voted on by nearly 1,000 survey respondents, Vermont Business Magazine crowned a number of VBR Members with the titles of ‘Best of Business’ for a number of categories, awarded by region. They include:
Best Credit Union: VSECU
Best Bank: Merchants Bank; Bank of Bennington
Best Sm/M Venue for Mtgs: Jackson Gore at Okemo
Best Lg Venue for Mtgs: Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
Best Golf Course: Basin Harbor
Best Cross Country Ski Area: Trapp Family Lodge    
Best General Contractor: PC Construction Co.
Best IT Service & Best Copier Provider: SymQuest Group
Best Telephone Service: FairPoint Communications  
Best Internet Provider: Comcast
Best Waste Removal: Casella
Best MBA Program: University of Vermont
Best Online Degree Program: Champlain College
Best Life Insurance Provider: National Life Group
Best Insurance Provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Best Vermont Made Food Product: Cabot Cheese
Best Bankruptcy Law Firm: Dinse Knapp & McAndrew
Best Corporate Law: Downs Rachlin Martin
Best Tax Law Firm: Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer

Click Here to see full list

Congratulations to Members Free Press Media and Vermont Public Radio on 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Congratulations VBR members Free Press Media and Vermont Public Radio for the following recognitions:

Free Press Media: Overall Excellence; Feature Reporting; and Hard News.
Vermont Public Radio: Excellence in Innovation; Excellence in Social Media; Excellence in Video; Investigative Reporting; and News Documentary.

Click Here for More on Edward R. Murrow Awards and Links to Award-Winning Pieces