League of Extraordinary Women

Thursday, April 12th, 2018  ||  12:00 – 2:00pm  ||  Hilton Burlington


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From its humble beginning in 2010 as a networking opportunity solely 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. With the emergence of the #MeToo #TimesUp and #LeaningIn era, this event seeks to advance the conversation on women’s leadership issues with all business leaders (both men and women) being invited to the table. 

MARY POWELL, President & CEO
Green Mountain Power Corp.

Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power (GMP) as a leading energy transformation company.  Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. In 2017, GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved one of the top scores for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2017 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.  

Mary has served as president and chief executive officer for GMP since 2008. She initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.

Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory.

In 2012, Mary led the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.

And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility anywhere to offer customers the Tesla Powerwall battery.

In 2014, Mary was recognized by Powergen as the Woman of the Year, in 2015 The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year, in 2016 Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business, and in 2017, Mary was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market by CEO Connection. And Conscious Capitalism Media named Mary Powell to its 2018 list of 30 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business.

Mary is also a Past Chair of the Roundtable’s Board of Directors.

UVM Medical Center

Allie Stickney’s professional career focused on non-profit management and leadership in health care and senior living. She served as CEO of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Portland, Oregon, and Burlington, Vermont. She led the international programs of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with health care programs in 22 counties in the developing world. For 7.5 years she was CEO of Wake Robin Life Care Community  in Shelburne, Vermont. She has served on  non-profit boards at a local, national and international level and is currently Chair of the University of Vermont Medical Center Board as well as a member of the University of Vermont Health Network Board. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont. 

Paul Frank + Collins

Kerin Stackpole is a Director at Paul Frank + Collins in Burlington, and is the leader of the Employment and Labor Law Group.  Her practice areas include employment law, business counseling and general civil litigation.  Kerin is a native of Burlington, Vermont, and is admitted to practice law in Vermont, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She is an honors graduate of the Washington College of Law, American University and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  Kerin has been recognized by her peers for her skill in labor and employment law through inclusion in Chambers & Partners (USA), Best Lawyers of America and Super Lawyers.  She has served on numerous community Boards, including VNA, Wake Robin and Wheaton College.  

The University of Vermont

Tom Sullivan became the 26th President of the University of Vermont in July 2012.  Prior to becoming President, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota, 2004-2012.

He served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to full-time research and teaching. In June 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the American Bar Association for leadership and contributions to law school development. At the University of Minnesota Law School, he has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has chaired the ABA Section of Legal Education, and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation.  On several occasions, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on judicial nominations to the Supreme Court, and to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on mergers. In 2015, he received the Robert J. Kutak Award from the American Bar Association for his contributions to the legal academy, the judiciary, and the Bar.  Since 1984, he has been an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1994.

He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored eleven books and over 50 articles. He and co-author Professor Richard Frase published Proportionality Principles in American Law: Controlling Excessive Government Actions (Oxford University Press, 2009).  He is the co-author, with Professors Herbert Hovencamp, Howard Shelanksi, and Christopher Leslie of Antitrust Law, Policy, and Procedure (7th ed., 2014) and co-author with Professor Jeffrey Harrison of Understanding Antitrust and Its Economic  Implications (6th ed. , 2014). Most recently, he published Complex Litigation with Professors Richard Freer, Doug Floyd and Brad Clary (2nd ed., 2014).  He also published Private Antitrust Actions (Little, Brown & Co., 1996) with Douglas Floyd.  In 2013, he published The Arc of Due Process in American Constitutional Law with Toni Massaro (Oxford University Press).

On two occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He twice has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. During the fall semester 2002, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and in 2012 he was a visiting faculty member at New York University.  Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. After law school, he clerked for a federal judge, in Miami Florida, and thereafter was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  Before entering Law School teaching in 1979, he was an antitrust litigator with the New York and Washington, D.C., firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton, and Irvine.  Throughout his career he has continued to serve as a consultant on antitrust, complex litigation, constitutional law, and Federal Court matters.

Tom also serves on the Roundtable’s Board of Directors.

Why Boards Need More Women (Yilmaz Arguden, Harvard Business Review, 6.7.12)
Why Diversity Matters: Women on Boards of Directors (Harvard School of Health, 7.21.16)
Why Gender Diversity Matters (2020 Women on Boards)
Why Breaking Into the Boardroom Is Harder for Women (Wall Street Journal, 2.7.18)
The New Playbook for Advancing Women in Leadership (Korn Ferry Institute, 2.1.18)
After Five Years of Leaning In, Everything and Nothing Has Changed (Claire Suddath / Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg Businessweek, 3.8.18)
We Leaned In. Now What? Stories from the Front Lines (Claire Suddath / Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg Businessweek, 3.8.18)
Will Women Ever Get a Shot to Lead Goldman? Ask Its Next Top Man (Jordyn Holman / Max Abelson, Bloomberg Businessweek, 3.14.18)

Thank You to the Luncheon Planning Committee:
Renee Bourget-Place, KPMG
Jill Berry Bowen, Northwestern Medical Center, Inc.
Leslee MacKenzie, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
Stephanie Mapes, Paul Frank + Collins
Judy O’Connell, Champlain Investment Partners

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