The Roundtable’s Associates Circle is Proud to Present a Member-Only Conversation on
“Working Bridges: The Scarcity and the Impact on Employee Retention & Productivity”
Connie Beal, Working Bridges Director, United Way of Northwest Vermont
Julia Davis, Community Impact Director, Green Mountain United Way
Liz Gamache, Chief Development Officer, United Way of Northwest Vermont
Jesse Bridges, CEO, United Way of Northwest Vermont
Friday, February 24th, 9:00 – 10:00am | via Zoom
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United Way’s Working Bridges is an innovative program designed to improve job retention, productivity, and advancement by supporting employees with available community resources. Using the workplace as a platform for services and support, Working Bridges helps working Vermonters achieve stability and thrive while supporting human resource departments and reducing employee turnover.
Connie Beal leads a team of skilled Resource Coordinators, who support employees in workplaces to navigate community resources to help with things like housing, transportation, childcare, financial resources, healthcare and more. I am responsible for training development, innovation, community partnerships and convening the Working Bridges employer network to identify and design strategies and pilots to elevate resources and identify gaps in supporting the ever-changing needs of Vermont’s diverse workforce. Prior to Working Bridges, I was the Senior Resource Coordinator at Vermont 2-1-1, a 24/7 health and human service helpline. I draw on experience in both nonprofit and public sectors, anti-violence, substance misuse prevention, and community public health. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology from Colby College (2003) and Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont (2008). I am a graduate of Leadership Champlain, class of 2019.
Connect on LinkedIn, by Email or Phone (802) 881-4218.
Jesse Bridges is the CEO for the United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT), the leading organization in convening advocates, leaders and volunteers to address complex social problems and secure the resources to support change. Under his leadership since 2017, the organization achieved recognition as one of the best places to work in Vermont, created a continuous dynamic strategic planning process and shifted the organization’s business model to a more sustainable vision for the future. He previously served as the City of Burlington’s Director of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. Under his leadership, the department finished the city’s first-ever comprehensive parks master plan. He helped found the Parks Foundation, a separate 501c3 to raise private dollars to support the ongoing park rehabilitation efforts. Mr. Bridges received his B.A. in History in 2002 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2008, both from the University of Vermont. A graduate of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Champlain program class of 2011, he joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and chaired the board from 2015-2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the UVM Medical Center.
Connect on LinkedIn, by Email or Phone (802) 861-7852.
Julia Davis is the Community Impact Director at Green Mountain United Way, where she oversees programmatic work including Working Bridges, K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching, as well as Tatum’s Totes. She is a graduate of Kent State and has lived in Vermont since 2015. She previously worked in farming before moving to the Human Services Sector in various roles at Onion River Crossroads in Montpelier. Her work there focused on case management and direct service for girls in residential treatment. Through that experience, Julia’s passion for serving her community has developed and she sees her new role at Green Mountain United Ways as a way to deepen that commitment to service.
Connect on LinkedIn, by Email or Phone (802) 613-3989
Liz Gamache serves as the Chief Development Officer at the United Way of Northwest Vermont, and has an extensive leadership background. She was most recently the interim director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the mayor of the City of St. Albans from 2012 to 2018 while simultaneously serving as vice president for grants and community investments of the Vermont Community Foundation. Before that, she was executive director of Efficiency Vermont and manager of corporate services for the Vermont Electric Co-op. Liz has a history of extensive service as a volunteer director on many nonprofit boards in Vermont. Liz holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Vermont.
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