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Congratulations to the
2016 Class of the
Early Childhood Leadership Institute

From the moment the Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2016 came together in May at Session One, they were incredibly curious about each other, learning from each other, their organizations, places in the sytems, successes, failures, challenges, and values.  Very quickly ECLI’s purpose to broaden a group of leaders’ awareness from a smaller view to a broader ecosystem view was happening. The Early  Childhood Leadership Institute brings together diverse stakeholders, leaders leaving silo thinking to more holistic view that only diverse stakeholders can do together. 

This group of leaders is open, curious, compassionate, passionate, and quite courageous.  The ingredients of people that do the deeper work of leadership. 

Dana Anderson
Stacie Curtis
Cynthia Daniels
Ali Dieng
Ellen Drolette
Sara Forward
Victoria Francis
Melanie Gonyaw
Danielle Howes
Jennifer Hutchinson
Wendy Kruger
Sara Lovell-Albee
Mariah McGill
Tabitha McGlynn
Mark McMillen
Carol McQuillen
Laurie Metcalfe
Danielle Palmer
Lianne Petrocelli
Leisa Pollander
Carrie Premsagar
Cathy Reitz
Vicky Senni
Sarah Tousignant
Ruth Vargus


Early Childhood Leadership Institute
Accepting Applications for the 2017 Class

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute, initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont.
You are strongly encouraged to apply if you are one or more of the following:
  • A parent wanting to expand your own leadership capacity.
  • A professional working with young children and families.
  • A professional of any sector interested in the complex systems of early childhood and families work.
  • Interested in civic engagement through the lens of early childhood and families.

VSLP Getting Ready to Celebrate

VSLP 2016 had an amazing penultimate session on October 6th and 7th.   The cohort continued to work on implementing plans to reach their North Star.   The work they did individually and collectively was powerful. 

We asked them to reflect on their 16-month journey and analyze how their learning was influencing their leadership.  The ensuing discussions and implications for how they planned their work going forward was profound.  Each person was able to identify the growth (s)he experienced in knowing himself/herself as a leader, how that influenced interactions with others, and how that knowledge influenced the work of leading a system.

We are excited to join them, their families, friends and colleagues on November 12th, to celebrate the completion of the first leg of their Snelling journey.  Paul Costello, from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will be the guest speaker. 

If you would like to join us for the celebration,
please CLICK HERE for tickets by Tuesday November 8th.


Vermont School Leadership Project
Accepting Applications for the 2018 Class

We are excited to be preparing for VSLP 2018!   We will be recruiting and selecting a new class of 24 individuals beginning in January 2017.  If you are interested in applying for the class or have someone you would like to nominate for the program, please contact Val Gardner at  

You can see more information about the program and the dates for all session on the Snelling website.

Snelling Center’s Central Vermont
Open House

The Snelling Center for Government Announces an Open House event December 8th in Montpelier.
The Snelling Center for Government works to foster responsible and ethical civic leadership, encourage public service by private citizens and promote informed citizen participation in shaping public policy.
We invite you to join us for an open house on December 8 to learn more about our three leadership programs. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the:
are warmly invited to meet alumni and receive leadership institute information.
All of the Snelling Center Leadership programs address issues of statewide significance, create opportunities to network and build lasting relationships, and support leaders and aspiring leaders to deepen their personal and professional commitments to the common good.
When: December 8th
Where: North Branch Cafe, Montpelier
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Light snacks provided


Session 2: Know Thyself
(VLI Class of 2017)

The VLI Class of 2017 is up and running!
As always, we have participants from the private business and public service sectors, as well as many leaders of nonprofit organizations.  Already in the first two “Know Thyself” sessions, we have found them to be insightful, funny, inquisitive and brave; and they are challenging each other (not to mention their Director!) to create a powerful experience during this 22nd year of the Vermont Leadership Institute.    
As is traditional, we started off at Basin Harbor.  The weather was beautiful and participants jumped right in with former VLI Director Judy Warriner Walke, current VLI Director Pieter Bohen (VLI’11), and with the assistance and support of Snelling Center Operations Director Heidi Cutroni (VLI’14).   As they enjoyed the Challenge Course, the class went from being strangers to great new colleagues and friends.  We found that each new class seems to be finding a new way to master the Whale Watch, and this was no exception.  It is unusual that this year we have almost as many introverts as extroverts, and we have enjoyed watching the introverts making their voice heard. 
During the second session the participants received their LPI-360 degree feedback from Perry Carrison, and given this new insight, he helped them grapple with how best to build their leadership capacity. They watched the movie “The Hungry Heart” by VLI Alum Bess O’Brien (VLI’02), and we had a robust discussion about the meaning of social justice, and how it relates to Vermont, their organizational leadership, and to their experience in VLI.  They closed with Jeff Bercuvitz, who was presenting to his 20th(!) VLI Class.  As always, Jeff worked to equip them with the skills, tools and practices they need to establish the strongest possible personal foundation for effective leadership. 
I have no doubt this class will be the Best Class Ever(BCE), and have so much gratitude that we still have seven more months to work together. 

VLN 2016 Reunion

Alumni Spotlight

Rob Bast, VLI '97

Robert Sinclair Bast (Rob) is a 1997 graduate of VLI. He is also a graduate of both Dartmouth College with a degree in Visual Studies and the UVM College of Engineering.  Rob was a Selectman in Hinesburg for 19 years, and a planning commission member for five more years. He served as chair of both boards for long periods. During his service, he started the police department, hired the first administrator and planner, developed a new water system, restored town hall, and restructured town government, among other notable achievements. He was the president and a board member of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He served on the VAOT Road Design Standards Commttee, the State Infrastructure Bank Board, and the Chittenden County RPO-MPO. He was a board member of the Reed & Barton Corporation.
Rob is a registered architect with an office in Hinesburg. His varied, community-building practice has produced such varied and award winning projects as the City Market in Burlington, renovations and a new gym for Craftsbury Academy, The Pitcher Inn in Warren, and numerous other educational, local retail, municipal and residential projects both in Vermont and New Hampshire. He has a son and a daughter, and lives in Hinesburg with his wife, Laura Carlsmith.


Chewing on Leadership

Given that we will be facing more complex challenges in our communities and country, what will be the essential competencies for successful leaders?
Join Hal Colston as we explore this topic.
Bring your lunch, curiosity and wisdom to Chewing on Leadership, a 45minute social engagement session that gathers VLN leaders and colleagues to chew on leadership topics and meaningful issues.
Next Chewing On Leadership: 
Tuesday November 15th  12:15-1:00pm.

Zoom Video Conferencing.
Sign Up Here: Click this Link or cut and paste:
You will receive further details, including the Zoom invite,  the week before Nov 15th.

For more information:

Dr. Hal Colston
After teaching and serving as the Director of Catering at New England Culinary Institute (1989), Hal created the Good News Garage (1996) and NeighborKeepers (2006) as a social entrepreneur.  He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Saint Michael’s College (2000) for creating Good News Garage.  Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2011 as Executive Director of SerVermont, Hal now serves as Director of Partnership for Change since 2013.  He has served on numerous boards and has been an advocate for social justice in Vermont.  Hal was named the 2014 Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press. He is a 2004 graduate of VLI and sits on the Snelling Center Board.


Posting Job Opportunities

We have been getting more and more requests to send job postings out to the VLN e-mail list-serve. One of the clear benefits to being part of the Vermont Leadership Network is knowing about these exciting opportunities and being able to share them with others in a timely manner. Instead of constantly overloading you with emails however, we have decided to share job postings in two ways:

1. At the end of each month, we will send out a VLN e-mail that will include current job postings, information about current Snelling Center programs and any relevant upcoming leadership events and/or opportunities. 

2. You can post any job opportunity that you have to the VLN facebook group at any time. 
If you have any questions about this new policy, please contact

Job Opportunitites

Position: Coordinator for Step In to Work &
Manager for Step In to Work
Where: Winooski, VT
More Info:

Want to help women get back to work? Vermont Works for Women, a non-profit organization helping women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence is seeking two full-time positions to be based out of our headquarters in Winooski, and the coordinator will work a portion of each week at the women’s prison.
We seek a coordinator and a manager for the Step In to Work program, a holistic work-readiness program designed to support women in overcoming employment barriers and return to work.
For a job description and instructions to apply, please visit


Position: Executive Director for Barre Granite Association
Where: Barre, VT
More Info:
In addition to duties as Executive Director, the position will have a solid focus on B2B and Consumer Marketing. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives on building relationships and furthering the reach of Barre’s fine granite producers. Interested candidates can find more information by visiting the career section at www., or by forwarding a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements/history to

SCG Events Calendar

October 6 & 7
VSLP Session 6

October 14, 2016
2016 VLN Reunion at DoubleTree Hotel in Burlington
October 26, 27 & 28
VLI Session 2

November 11 & 12
VSLP Commencement

November 15
Chewing on Leadership

November 30 & December 1 & 2
Legislative Orientation

December 1 & 2
VLI session 3

December 8
VLN Recruitment Open House
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